Former Red Seal Owner Doug Hamer Dies In 80th Year

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Doug Hamer’s “loving spouse” Hee Kim has shared the obituary for the consummate gentleman well-remembered by many members of the Canadian and international travel industry.

“Doug passed away peacefully in White Rock, BC after a five-year battle with cancer,” Hee reports.  “His happy smile and sense of humour will be sadly missed by his family, many relatives and friends.”

Hamer is also survived by his two sons Paul and Dominic. 

He was born in London, England. After working there for SAS and Swiss Air, he immigrated with his family to Toronto in 1968. Hamer continued his career in the travel industry with Air Canada, Swiss Air, and CP Air before joining CTAL (known as Holiday House). 

He then owned and operated Red Seal Tours until his retirement in 2001.  He was a Past President of the Toronto Skal Club and a Skal member for 39 years.  He was a board member of OTIC and TICO and also active in ACTA and SATO over the years.

After spending the whole year of 2004 travelling around the world, Hee and Doug moved to Victoria, then onto White Rock, BC.  His many interests included travelling, cycling, golfing, watching soccer, listening to music, reading and socializing with colleagues and friends -- usually with a beer in his hand. Skal!

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.




Comments

Tom Moos - February 27, 2018 @ 15:02
Deeply saddened to hear of Doug's passing. Both my late Dad Henry and me both remember him very well. As veterans of the industry that generation is slowly leaving this world however their good deeds, creativity and being pioneers never leave us. The good work ethic that he instilled and lived by are greatly to be admired.
May his blessed memory live on in all of us who knew him.

Max Johnson - February 27, 2018 @ 11:02
What a shock; Doug was a true gentleman, and helped me enormously as I started my business in the early 80s; we kept in touch throughout the years, but his death has come as a very unpleasant surprise. RIP

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