Huge community support for bereaved family

April 22, 2013

The family of a Crossmaglen man who was missing for four days before his remains were found in a Toronto park have expressed their heartfelt thanks to the local community for its support.

67-year-old Mickey Hamill was reported missing from his home in Toronto on Thursday 11th April.  For four days hundreds of volunteers joined his family and friends in the widespread search for him. Thousands of flyers were posted across the city, coupled with internet and media appeals.  Despite several reported sightings, Mickey’s body was recovered in High Park in the city on Monday.  Police have said foul play is not suspected.

Mickey Hamill originated from Creggan and emigrated to Canada more than 40 years ago.  A former Mayor of Toronto, he was extremely popular and well-respected in his adopted country.  He was also well-known in GAA circles, having helped found the Toronto’s St. Michael’s Football and Hurling club.

Mickey’s uncharacteristic disappearance prompted a huge swell of assistance across Toronto and his native south Armagh with many people sharing information and pledging support.  The Hamill family are deeply appreciative of the support shown to them and in a statement released on Monday thanked those involved: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mickey Hamill.  We would like to thank all of the volunteers for their hard work, kindness, generosity and support over the past few days.”

Family members from the local area travelled to Toronto to attend Mickey’s funeral which was held on Friday in St. Cecilia’s Church, followed by burial at Assumption Cemetery, Mississauga.

He is survived by his loving wife Bina, children Deborah, Tricia, Michael and Tim, their spouses Anthony and Elisa, grandchildren Caitlin, Tyler, Majella, Seana, Maeve, Norah and Eamonn, brothers Gerry, Tommy and Malachy, sisters Bridie, Mary and Chris, and extended family circle in Ireland and Canada.