I’m sorry to say that David Hamel passed away from us a week ago. He was the subject of the book The Granite Man and the Butterfly: The David Hamel Story, which Pierre Sinclaire researched and I finished writing in 1995. Pierre published it through his Project Magnet, which was named for the Project Magnet of the distinguished Canadian Wilbert Smith.
David Hamel was a fiercely independent, obstinate, rough-edged, generous, tough and brave man. He spent the past three decades building models of an advanced technology he was shown in 1976 or so, but the only time he achieved “lift-off” was many years ago in Maple Ridge, BC. At that time an unmanned disk that he had built — and set into oscillation — suddenly built up an ionized glow around itself and shot up into the sky, never to be seen again. David was ticked off because there went all his savings — all the magnets he had bought and the careful machining work…
He so very much wanted to give humankind a source of truly clean energy technology and propulsion. Will anyone carry on his experiments? As far as I can find out, no one in his family is particularly interested in what he was doing. An all-too-common situation. The papers and prototypes just get tossed aside.
I’ll be sending flowers to McConnell Funeral Home in Medoc, Ontario (ph 613-473-2833 if you want to do the same), but I won’t be able to attend the memorial at the cemetery at Gilmore, Ontario, on Saturday October 6.
Happy journeys, dear David, and give your Nora our love as you two souls reunite.