List of people from Hamilton, Ontario

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The following people were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely connected to the city of Hamilton, Ontario.

Arts[edit]

Architecture and design[edit]

Craft[edit]

  • Lois Betteridge, known professionally as Lois Etherington Betteridge, a Canadian silversmith, goldsmith, designer and educator, and a major figure in the Canadian studio craft movement from the 1950s onward. Judith Nasby, Director of the Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery, identifies Betteridge as “without doubt Canada’s most highly honored and most influential silversmith”.[6]

Dance[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Florence Lawrence
Julia Arthur

Fine arts[edit]

Illusionists[edit]

Journalism and writing[edit]

Music[edit]

Neil Peart
Robert Stanley Weir

Radio[edit]

Theatre[edit]

  • Diane Dupuy, Theatre, in 1974 she founded the Famous People Players, a professional black light theatre company that combines music with the size characters that pay tribute to the music and artistry of Famous people. The group was discovered by the famous entertainer Liberace who took them to Las Vegas to perform. They have been performing around the world ever since.[120]

Business[edit]

E. D. Smith
Harry Stinson

Law[edit]

Crime[edit]

  • Johnson Aziga (1956- ), notable as the first person to be charged with first-degree murder in Canada for spreading the HIV virus, after two women whom he had infected without their knowledge died.[143]
  • Evelyn Dick, committed infanticide and was convicted, then acquitted, of having murdered her husband.[88]
  • Rocco Perri (1887–1944), 1920s-Gangster/ bootlegger.[25]
  • Cathy Smith, convicted of manslaughter in death of John Belushi. Sang background vocals for The Band, Gordon Lightfoot and Hoyt Axton. Met John Belushi on the set of Saturday Night Live when The Band was musical guest (October 30, 1976). Injected Belushi with a fatal 'speedball' (heroin and cocaine combo) in Los Angeles (March 5, 1982) Co-authored the book 'Chasing the Dragon' about her life experience with drugs (1984). Charged with murder - pled guilty to lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. She sang and played guitar at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. In a jealous rage Lightfoot hit her and broke her cheekbone. One of Lightfoot's best known songs, 'Sundown,' is loosely based on his relationship with her.[144]
  • Besha Starkman (1889–1907), Criminal, Rocco Perri's wife. ("the Brains")[25]

Judges and lawyers[edit]

William W. Cooke
  • Charles William Bell (1876–1938), playwright, politician and Rocco Perri's lawyer.[25]
  • Harvey Brownstone (1956- ), judge of the Ontario Court of Justice.[145]
  • Richard Hatt (1769–1819), was a businessman, judge and political figure in Upper Canada.[146]
  • Helen Alice Kinnear (1894–1970), was a lawyer. She was the first federally appointed woman judge in Canada.[147]
  • Helen Gregory MacGill (1864–1947), the first woman in British Columbia to be appointed a judge of the juvenile Court, a post she held for 23 years.[148]
  • Jack Pelech (1934- ), Litigation and business lawyer, Hamilton Citizen of the Year, 1987; Order of Canada, 2006.[149]
  • John Sopinka (1933–1997), Supreme Court Justice described as the heart of the court, he was raised in north Hamilton and died unexpectedly in 1997. Hamilton's courthouse is named for him.[150]
  • John Willson (1776–1860) was a judge and political figure in Upper Canada.[138]
  • Mary Wong, In 1977 became the first Canadian of Chinese descent to be appointed as a Citizenship Court Judge. She retired from the "bench" (as a judge) in 1985. She is an appointee to the Hamilton, Ontario Gallery of Distinction.[151]

Military[edit]

Politics[edit]

James McMillan
Colin Campbell Ferrie
Thomas Bain

Religion[edit]

Education[edit]

  • Adelaide Hoodless (1858–1910), was an educational reformer who founded the international women's organization known as the Women's Institutes in 1897.[65]

Science[edit]

Invention[edit]

Medicine[edit]

Sir William Osler

Sports[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Figure skating[edit]

  • Toller Cranston (1949- ), figure skater who won the Olympic bronze medal in 1976.[210]
  • Bryce Davison (1986- ), figure skater, competed in the pairs event with Jessica Dubé. Member of the Hamilton Skating Club.[211] Davison and Dube were Canadian champions 3 times. They were World bronze medallists in 2008. They finished 6th at the Olympics and World Championships in 2010, their last competitive season.

Football[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

Syl Apps
Ken Dryden
Cecil "Babe" Dye

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Running[edit]

Soccer[edit]

William Sherring

Thoroughbred horse racing[edit]

Chris Rogers with members of The Three Stooges

Hamilton is the birthplace of three jockeys in Thoroughbred horse racing whose success led to them being inducted in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame:

Wrestling[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Alexander Aitchison, the first full-time fire chief of Hamilton.
  • Leanne Baird, was Miss Canada International in 1998.[268]
  • Étienne Brûlé (1592–1633), The first European to visit what is now Hamilton was probably Étienne Brûlé in 1616.[2]
  • Venessa Fisher (1986- ), was Miss Universe Canada 2004. She is from Waterdown, Ontario.[269]
  • Eileen Vollick (1908–1968), Aviator, Fascinated by aviation from childhood this daring young woman enrolled in a Hamilton, Ontario, flying school On March 13, 1928 she passed the federal aviation test and become the first Canadian woman to earn a private pilot's certificate.[270] An Ontario Historical Plaque was erected by the province to commemorate Eileen Vollick's role in Ontario's heritage.[271]
  • Lititia Youmans (1827–1896), After visiting a rally of the American Women's Temperance Crusade in 1874, she returned to Canada full of determination. Her efforts founded the Women's Christian Temperance Union in Canada and she would be the first president. She would remain, after 1889, its honorary president for the rest of her life.[272]

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