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The Rev. Canon Michael P. Hamilton
Service: January 22, 2018 (Monday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Washington Cathedral Bethlehem Chapel

The Rev. Canon Michael P. Hamilton

Canon Michael P. Hamilton died on Wednesday, January 10, at the age of 90. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland,on January 28, 1927, he served in the British Army in Palestine, emigrated to Canada in 1948 and to pay his way through the University of Toronto, worked at a logging company on Lake Superior and construction crew in Fairbanks, Alaska. He attended Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1955. He went on to serve at the Church of the Advent, Cincinnati, Ohio where he lived for three years in a tenement slum. He next served as the Chaplin to the Faculty and Graduate Students at the University of Southern California for six years before embarking on a 29 year career at the Washington National Cathedral. There he started the Folk Eucharist, organized conferences and edited eight books on the relation of the Christian faith to new events in since and politics, often with a focus on ethics.  He founded the first hospice in Washington, DC, DC Hospice Care of the District of Columbia and retired from the Cathedral in 1993. He continued serving through much of his retirement, including St. Mary's parish in Rotterdam, Netherlands and three in Washington, DC including Church of Our Savior, Irving Street, NE and St. Mary's Parish, 23rd St. NW. He is survived by his sister, Bridget Ballard of Canberra, Australia (John); his children from his first marriage to Sarah Clippinger Hamilton, Patrick Michael Hamilton of Sarasota, FL and Katrina (Katie) Hamilton Gewirz (Steven) of Washington, DC and their sons Jack and Malcom; his stepchildren Robert and Jeffery Raven and their families. His second wife, Eleanor Raven-Hamilton preceeded him in death. A memorial service will be held at the Washington Cathedral on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM . In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Washington National Cathedral, Development Office, 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016 or the Near East Refugee Aid, 1111 14th Street, NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20015, or 202-266-9700

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