Former IAM Canadian Director of Communications Neville Hamilton passed away on June 27, 2013, at the age of 74.
Hamilton came to the IAM in 1986 after spending five years as the Administrative Assistant to Canadian Labour Congress President Dennis McDermott. Hamilton started as a journalist whose career took him from the Sherbrooke Daily Record in 1957, to the Canadian Press in Montreal in 1959, before joining the Ottawa Journal in 1962. He then turned his numerous talents toward public relations, first as an Information Officer with the Department of Manpower and Immigration and then as a spokesperson for the Canadian labor movement.
Hamilton held various positions in the Canadian labour movement including Director of Information for the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers in Montreal; Director of Public Relations for the United Paperworkers International Union; and Executive Assistant to the President and Director of Public Relations for the Canadian Paperworkers Union before moving to the Canadian Labour Congress. Hamilton retired from the IAM in the spring of 2004.
“Neville was a valued communicator for this union and the Canadian labour movement,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie. “Neville always believed that worker solidarity is our most precious tool. It is our foundation. From it comes our courage, strength and vision to pursue a better life. I want to pay Neville the highest compliment our union can give and that’s to say he was a true Journeyman.”