Tributes for beloved Hamilton stalwart following community figurehead’s death

Tributes have poured in for well-known l ocal stalwart Douglas Hamilton who passed away last week.

Loved by many in Hamilton, Douglas was a former businessman and driving instructor, helping countless locals through their driving test.

He spent his latter years living in Spain where he moved with wife Elspeth when they retired. Douglas passed away peacefully at the couple’s home on Thursday, September 2, aged, 78.

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Douglas ran the Hamilton Motoring School together with his parents Bob and Chrissie Hamilton. At the time, it was the oldest motoring school in all of Lanarkshire.

In the late 80s, together with Elspeth, they opened Elspeth Hamilton Perfumery at the same premises on Lamb Street, building a well-established business.

Tributes for beloved Hamilton stalwart following community figurehead's death
Elspeth and Douglas Hamilton

Douglas and Elspeth later retired to Benijófar in Spain and enjoyed many happy years there. They were married for almost 55 years.

Douglas was father to Ian and late son Mark, and grandfather to Morven and Fraser, and brother to Ian.

His loved ones remember Douglas as a “great family man” who had a “dry and wicked sense of humour” but as many can testify, “a true gentleman.”

Douglas was also heavily involved with organisations in his community including the group representing local businesses in the area, now known as Hamilton BID.

In his younger years, Douglas enjoyed stock car racing with brother Ian before teaching youngsters how to drive.

He was well-known all over Hamilton where he resided in Burnbank and later on Blackwood.

A post by Elspeth Hamilton Perfumery announcing the sad passing of Douglas was met with over 500 tributes to the much-loved community figurehead.

Phil Inglis wrote: “Really sorry to hear this, Douglas taught me to drive, passing my test first time in September 1998.”

Audrey Martin added: “Sympathy to all the family at this sad time. Was very well-known in Hamilton and him and Elspeth always very helpful.”

And Julie Thomson said: “Very sorry to hear this. He was a lovely gentleman. My condolences to you and the family and especially to Elspeth.”

James Grant was saddened by the news: “Absolutely gutted to here that, condolences to Elspeth and Ian and family.

“A gentleman and professional family who have helped us all out through the years with a great professional personal service that you won’t get anywhere now – RIP.”

A saddened friend of his, Douglas Stewart added: “I’m so sad to learn of Douglas’s Passing.

“I knew Douglas and Elspeth from way back in the day. I was also fortunate enough to do joinery work for them in a few of their houses over the years.

“Lovely, lovely man with a great sense of humour. From the old school rings a bell. I send my deepest condolences to Elspeth and all Douglas’s nearest and dearest.

“Rest in Peace my old friend.”

“Sorry to hear this. Always loved his stories when he came to the pharmacy. Thoughts are with all the family at this sad time”, remembered Natalie Bancroft.

And Emma-Louise Smith wrote: “So sad. Was just talking about Douglas last week. About what a lovely man he was who gave great advice while shopping in the shop. I’m thinking of you all.”

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