Tributes for Tom

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Tributes for Tom thumbnailTom Hamilton, the former Managing Director of Bishops Footwear in Coleraine passed away on Sunday, February 25. CC09-35s

THE funeral of a well-known business man, who worked at Bishops Footwear in Coleraine for over 55 years, is due to take place today (Tuesday, February 27).
Thomas Nathaniel Hamilton, also known as Tom, the former Managing Director of the footwear store, passed away aged 78, on Sunday, February 25.
His funeral is to take place at 2pm at New Row Presbyterian Church in Coleraine today.
Originally hailing from Coalisland in County Tyrone, Tom's parents, Charlie and Evelyn, moved to Coleraine when he was only a few months old and purchased Bishops Footwear in the Diamond Centre in the town and began the family's legacy in shoe retail.
Tom attended The Honourable The Irish Society Primary School and later Coleraine Academical Institution. Despite favouring the subject of History and having keen ideas of becoming a History teacher, business beckoned and Tom began to learn the ropes from his father on Saturdays and during school holidays.
On his father's advice, Tom who was keen to be his own boss, went to England to learn from footwear mentors at K Shoes in Kendal.
When he returned to Coleraine, he worked happily with his father developing and expanding the business and getting involved in the local community.
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