Eric Hamber

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The Honourable
Eric Hamber
Eric Hamber
15th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
In office
May 1, 1936 – August 29, 1941
Monarch Edward VIII
George VI
Governor General The Lord Tweedsmuir
The Earl of Athlone
Premier Duff Pattullo
Preceded by John William Fordham Johnson
Succeeded by William Culham Woodward
Personal details
Born (1879-04-21)April 21, 1879
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died January 10, 1960(1960-01-10) (aged 80)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Spouse(s) Aldyen Hendry (m. 1912)
Relations John Hendry (father-in-law)
Occupation Businessman
Profession Politician

Eric Werge Hamber, CMG (April 21, 1879 – January 10, 1960) was a Canadian businessman and the 15th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

Early life[edit]

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as a youth he was an excellent athlete who shone in his school rowing, rugby, football and hockey teams. His first job was as a junior clerk with The Dominion Bank, and he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to open a new branch in 1907. On May 14, 1912, he married Aldyen Hendry, and began work at the BC Mills Timber and Trading Company, a company owned by Aldyen's father John Hendry. Hamber later became the company's President.

In 1934 he built the Tudor Revival style Minnekhada Lodge in Coquitlam as a country retreat and hunting lodge. The land is now managed by Metro Vancouver Parks.

Minnekhada Ranch in Coquitlam, BC

Public office[edit]

On May 1, 1936, he became Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, achieving considerable popularity. He left office in 1941 and accepted the position of Chancellor of the University of British Columbia in 1944, a position he held for seven years. In 1946, he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

He died in 1960.

Other information[edit]

Both Eric Hamber Secondary School and one of the residences in Place Vanier on the UBC Vancouver campus are named after Eric Hamber. As is Hamber Provincial Park on the BC side of the Canadian Rockies. Theatre BC's most prestigious award also bears his name.[1]

When Queen Elizabeth II was married in 1947, Hamber and his wife were the only Canadian private guests

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert E. McKechnie
Chancellor of the University of British Columbia
Succeeded by
Sherwood Lett