May 23, 1934
September 8, 2023
Hamblen, William (Bill) Donald passed away peacefully on Friday September 8th in his 90th year.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bill was a long-time resident of Brockville, Ontario. Bill grew up in Bishops Mills. After graduating from Kemptville High School he attended Queens University, receiving a B.A. and following teacher’s college embarked on a long and esteemed educational career. He subsequently pursued and obtained his M. Ed from Rollins College in Orlando, Florida.
During his distinguished teaching career Bill spent time teaching in Ottawa, Wallaceburg and then became Assistant Principal at Woodstock Collegiate Institute before becoming Principal of Prince Charles Primary School in Trenton, Ontario and finishing his teaching career at D. R. Atkins school in Belleville, Ontario.
Upon retiring from teaching, Bill focused his entrepreneurial spirit into expanding operations of The Hamblen Christmas Tree Farm in Athens, Ontario, utilizing a tract of land granted to the Hamblen descendants who migrated to the area as United Empire Loyalists in the 1780s and growing it from a hobby farm while teaching into a full-time retirement passion.
Bill loved travelling and meeting new friends along the way. A devout Christian, Bill was an active member of the United Church of Canada and often served as a lay minister filling in when needed writing and delivering engaging and inspiring sermons filled with ever positive and uplifting messages and experiences.
Bill enjoyed his Saturday morning breakfast group, chats with neighbors and spending time travelling the road often not taken. Bill was supportive of numerous organizations and generous support of multiple charities.
Bill is predeceased in death by his loving wife Margot (Young McCrae), parents Donald and Flora (Watts) and his three sisters Beryl (Beckett), Betty (Lundy) and Verna (Maneilly – Roe). He is survived by his sons David and his wife Gail (Kingston, Ontario), Eric and his wife Patty Ann and granddaughter Elise (St. Petersburg, Florida).
The family extend tremendous thanks to the incredible staff and team at St. Lawrence Lodge for making his final years comfortable and well cared for.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Bill Hamblen’s name to St. Lawrence Lodge, 1803 County Rd 2 East, Brockville Ontario in recognition and continuation of their incredible levels of care.