Jacob Scott Hamilton

Passed 12/05/2018

Obituary for Jacob Scott Hamilton

Hamilton, Jacob Scott
Age 24, Halifax

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Jacob on December 5, 2018 in Halifax. Jacob was the beloved son of Lynn Hamilton (Balcom) and Scott Hamilton; half-sibling to Chere and Randy; grandson of Joan Marie Balcom and the late Paul Balcom and Bess and Doug Waterfield. He was a cherished uncle, nephew and cousin.
Jacob was pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at Dalhousie University, majoring in Neuroscience and was active in many facets of university life. He was a long-time student employee and volunteer for Student Affairs and was an active supporter of the Dal After Dark and ProSocial programs. At the 2016 Dalhousie Student Impact Awards, Jacob was named a Rising Star for his contributions to Dalhousie and the local community.
Jacob loved working with HRM Aquatics and was a long-time employee. He taught swimming lessons, lifeguarded and became a deeply valued staff member providing leadership in several supervisory positions.
Jacob was passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues through his work on the Dalhousie campus, Laing House and several committees at the IWK. He was an intelligent and articulate young man and was often invited to speak to raise awareness about mental illness. He was an outspoken force and often challenged traditional thoughts and norms.
Scouting was an important part of Jacob’s life. He was an active participant and a natural born leader and thoroughly enjoyed the Scouting comradery. Jacob was a talented pianist and successfully completed the requirements for Grade 9 examination in piano. He competed in many Kiwanis Music Festivals often receiving recognition. He loved getting together with friends to jam.
Jacob touched the lives of many, giving his love and support to anyone who needed it. He had an infectious enthusiasm and put people at ease with his kind and generous spirit. We will miss Jacob beyond what words can express.
A celebration of Jacob’s life will be held Wednesday, December 12th at 2 pm at Rockingham United Church, 12 Flamingo Dr. Halifax with Rev. Debbie Aitken officiating. Reception to follow in the church hall. Donations in Jacob’s memory may be made to Laing House, IWK Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences:

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Sincerest of sorrows hearing about Jacob. Both through our overlapping work in mental health, as well as supervising swimming lessons for my children, Jacob was a true advocate and leader. I will miss his joyous nature, creative insight, and drive to move the needle in mental health.
- Nick Cardone
Dear Lynn and Family, We are sending you our deepest condolences on the loss of your wonderful son, Jacob. We hope that the passing of time will ease your sorrow and surround you with comforting memories. Sincerely, Heather and Ron Stallard
- Ron Stallard
Scott, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. From me and my wife, Johanne.
- Mario Lalancette
Jacaob was an amazing young man who touched so many lives. He was such warm, compassionate, and caring person who always had a smile, and time, for those he encountered. He was adored by those at Needham pool who had the joy of doing aqua-fit with him, or swimmers (like me), who enjoyed a chat at the end of a long swim. We talked about many things: swim strokes, music, travel, his studies, but until I read his obituary, i had no idea of his many accomplishments, and all the wonderful community work he was involved in. The world has lost a beautiful soul! My deepest, heartfelt condolences go to his family and all who loved him. He will be missed many!
- Kim Cummings
Jacob was always such a joy to be around. I'll never forget the race we ran / walked together just before Canada day this summer. I was in a terrible mood that day, but his buoyant mood kept me going. Jacob had a tendency of keeping his internal struggles very well hidden while being so supportive of everyone else around him. His passing is a great loss to the community and he will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.
- Georgina Faddoul
Jacob was an incredible advocate and inspiration to those he came in contact deepest sympathy Lynn on your loss and know that many people are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
- Suzanne Taylor
Jacob was adored by all those at Colby Pool. Everyone loved working for him and we were all inspired by his positivity and outgoingness to all those he came across. No matter how I was feeling, everyday when I came into work and was greeted by Jacob a smile came across my face. Jacob will forever be remembered in all of our hearts as one of the most kind, caring, compassionate, and genial people we have ever known. Thank you Jacob for all you have done for us.
- Callin
Dear Lynn, So very sorry to hear of the tragic loss of such a brilliant, talented young man! I so enjoyed our conversations on the deck at Cole Harbour Place, and will remember his intelligence and openness about mental illness. Please accept my deepest condolences at this very difficult time.
- Wendy McPhee
MY deepest sympathy and most caring condolences to the entire family such a shining light of the community,, and loving son brother uncle and always A helping hand to any and all in need. THE GREAT INTELLECT INFECTOUS SMILE AND OPTIMISM shall be remembered always PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS TO JACOBS LOVING FAMILY love Sharon Gibson
- Sharon Gibson
Dear Lynn, Please accept our condolences on your loss. In our time together as educators, I have seen your strength of character and know that it will see you through this. If I can help in any way please don't hesitate to ask. With Sympathy Zac Tynes and Family
- Zac Tynes
Jacob was an amazing student in the French Immersion Program at Cole Harbour High - he had a wonderful smile and a thirst for knowledge. He was a pleasure to teach and he undoubtedly made the world a better place in his short time here.
- Carla Elliott
Most sincere sympathies from our family, to all of Jacob's family and friends.
- Susan Picco
Our deepest sympathies Lynn and the rest of the family! We support you all and our thoughts are with you . Our prayers and love will be with you tomorrow! Robert and Claudette De Nobile
- Robert De Nobile
Words cannot express the horror of Jacob's sudden death. You are all in our prayers during this difficult time and we wish we were closer to be with you all Gary & Marg
- Gary Waterfield
I am deeply sorry to hear of Jacob’s passing. He was a bright, warm, funny man and so very full of life. An extremely smart and interesting man with whom I always looked forward to having conversations with. I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.
- Dee Williams
My deepest sympathies go to all who knew Jacob. We loved him so much at Needham pool. He always had a smile, beaming personality, and sometimes even a hug. It was a pleasure to see him always, he had a way to make one feel special. But it was he that was special. Rest in peace dear Jacob.
- Ila Worth
Please accept my sincere condolences on your tragic loss. I knew Jacob as an instructor of Aqua fit on Monday and Wednesday nights at the Spryfield pool and his presence will be missed. He was always making us laugh as we worked out. His smile and laughter was unforgettable. Please know he touched so many people in a positive way. He will not be forgotten. I pray that your cherished memories may bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time. Thoughts & prayers are with you, - diane webster
- diane webster
Jacob was a kind soul with a great understanding than most of the human spirit.. he will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his family. His absence is felt.
- Samantha
Jacob was my instructor for my aqua class. His personality was huge and everyone loved him. He was a very special young man. He often spoke of his mother who he loved very much.
- cathy pelrine
Lynn and family: I was so sorry to read of your sons passing. Words could never ease your heartbreak or sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Kind Regards: Charlie A. Verge
- Charlie A Verge
Jacob was my instructor for an aquafit class, his laugh was loud, his personality was larger & people were naturally drawn to him. His sense of humor ..AMAZING . My heart goes out to his family during this very difficult time.
- Lieann
Please accept my sincere condolences on your tragic loss. I knew Jacob as an instructor of water fitness at the Wave Pool. He was a natural, gifted teacher to young and old alike. I pray that your cherished memories may bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time. With sympathy.
- Donna Goyetche
To Jacob's family & friends I'm so very sorry for your loss! I loved taking his class at the pool in the mornings, he was such fun. Thoughts & prayers are with you,
- Joan Hagen
I did presentations with Jacob and he was always professional, but funny. He once drove a friend of mine and myself back to Halifax after getting stranded, and we joked and laughed the entire way. I've seen him present many, many times, and leave an incredible impact on the audiences he reached. He was kind and witty and I'm going to miss his presence so much. I'm so sorry to his family, I know the loss you're suffering through right now is unimaginable, and my thoughts are with you in this difficult time. He will not be forgotten.
- Cat Robinson
Jacob had an ease and enthusiasm that made people feel comfortable and relaxed around him. He instructed us Monday and Wednesday night at the Spryfield pool and his presence will be missed. To his family, know he touched so many people. My deepest condolences.
- Erika
Chere, I’m so sorry for your loss , I have never met someone so positive and nice. I love ya xo
- Chelsey Weber
Lynn (and the rest of the Balcoms), So sorry to see this in the Herald today. I know he had many struggles but from the obituary, it also looked like he also had a full life. I remember his music at Paul's funeral - what a talent. I've let Mom know and want you to know that the Dobsons are thinking of you with love and prayers for strength at this time. Carol
- Carol Dobson
Jacob was such a sweet young man. He instructed us on Monday and Wednesday nights in water exercises. He was the best! He always made me smile and laugh. We will miss him dearly. Hugs to his family and friends and coworkers!
- Gloria Boudreau
Lynn, Terry and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this terrible time. Tracey and Terry Sullivan (RKT)
- Tracey Sullivan
Jacob was much loved at Needham Pool. He had a very special way of dealing with all ages. He was indeed, an incredibly special person.
- Suzanne Bailly
My deepest sympathy on your loss. Jacob is living with God and family in Heaven. He is indeed resting in peace. Debbie Snow
- Debbie Snow
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your tragic loss God bless Donnie
- Donald Bourgeois
To all of Jacob's dear family, Our hearts are broken for your unbelievably tragic loss. Please know we send our deepest condolences and hopes for some healing through your many, beautiful memories. With our love, Susan Croan and Don Ives
- Susan Croan

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