Mar. 13, 1938 – Mar. 14, 2012
Dad passed away one day after his 74th birthday. He and his twin brother Ron were born in the Chilliwack General hospital and Reg lived his entire life in Chilliwack. His grandparents settled in the Rosedale area in 1886. Hi is survived by his daughter Carmen, son Sandy (Chantal) and granddaughter Alexis Hamilton.
In 1962 he started Hamilton Trucking. Many years were spent hauling produce and silage for York Farms, Fraser Vale and Royal City. In the off season he hauled sand and gravel providing trucks for highway projects such as the Hope slide, Coquihalla and highway overpasses.
His love of animals began early as a member of the 4-H Swine and Beef Club. He raised prize winning Yorkshire pigs and showed them at all the local fairs and the PNE. For the next 50 years he was actively involved with the Chilliwack Agricultural Society, the Chilliwack Riding Club; youth rodeo and his beloved barrel racers. He was a founding member of the Chilliwack District Horse Council and a long time president of the Chuck Wagon and Chariot Association.
Since 1972 he devoted his spare time to developing and maintaining the equestrian facilities at Exhibition Park and more recently Heritage Park. In 1987, he was recognized for his efforts by receiving the “Sportsman of the Year” award and later the Canada 125th medal for outstanding community service.
The thrill of chuck wagon and chariot racing led our family to many races and rodeos throughout BC and Alberta. His love of horses has been passed to his daughter and granddaughter and he leaves us with many precious memories. His two favourite 4-legged friends will miss him dearly. Dad was always quick with the wit and ready to offer his advice whether you wanted to hear it or not!
We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Rusty and Clyde for their support during this time. Special thanks to all dad’s friends who visited during his stay at Hospice. Thank you to all the wonderful staff and volunteers especially nurse Jacqueline at Cascade Hospice.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.