In Memoriam - 2018

Dave Thomas

It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Dave Thomas (JD '11) announce that Dave passed away suddenly on October 2, 2018. This is an unimaginable tragedy. Dave was 37 years old and leaves behind his wife, Lindsay, and their 2 month old daughter, Kennedy Elizabeth. Although outwardly reserved, David was genuinely kind, had the ability to find common ground with anyone and to make friends everywhere he went. He was a man of few words, but with a quick wit and dry sense of humour; his words were always carefully chosen and well placed. Dave graduated from the Allard School of Law with a JD in 2011. During law school he was a judicial intern with the Provincial Court of British Columbia. Following law school Dave was an associate with JJ Israels until he joined the Crown in 2016. During that time, he coached and mentored the Allard Law Peter Burns Moot, and he supervised 3rd year law students at the Allard Criminal Law Clinic. David’s love for logic and order paired with his intellect and sense of compassion made him a talented lawyer. Some of his happiest and most gratifying days were undoubtedly spent in the courtroom presenting an expertly crafted argument. Please join us in celebrating David’s life at 4pm on Saturday November 3rd at the Law Courts Inn in the Supreme Court Building at 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver.

Leon Yue

Leon Yue (LLB ' 78)  passed away in Vancouver on Sunday September 23rd at the age of 74. The eldest of five children, Leon was born in Chungking, China on July 28, 1944. Coming from humble beginnings, Leon worked hard in his studies, eventually becoming a lawyer who was well known and respected in the Vancouver Chinese community. Throughout the years he established himself in the community through his legal work and the work with the Rotary Club of Vancouver. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 11th at 10am at Ocean View Funeral Home. Should you wish to honour Leon, please make a charitable donation of your choice in memory of Leon Yue.

Charles Diamond

Charles Diamond (LLB '58) passed away peacefully on September 14, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Charles will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Charles would recount growing up in Vancouver in the ‘40s and ‘50s as both fun and challenging. Overcoming a serious case of polio as a teen, Charles bravely fought back, finished high school, obtained his law degree from U.B.C. in 1958 and proceeded on to a lifelong, successful business career. Charles would say business was in his DNA and that was passed down to him from his father at a very young age. His business principles (integrity, fairness, and family) were guided by the same key values that guided his life.Throughout his life, Charles maintained a strong sense of community and philanthropy. His compassion and generosity were well known to those who were close to him. Whether serving as President of Schara Tzedeck Synagogue, heading up a major fundraising campaign for the CJA or cheering his wife on for her tireless work at BC Children’s Hospital, Charles was always the first to support worthy causes with his generosity, wisdom and energy. Charles’ life was full and rich. He loved travel, art, good wine, salmon fishing on the BC coast, reading, cars, music, and golf. If you had a chance to ask him about his life he would simply answer that it was “perfect”. The Charles Diamond Memorial Fund has been established at the Congregation Schara Tzedeck in Vancouver.

Fred Jordan

Fred Jordan (LLB '63) passed away on September 8, 2018 at the age of 82 years. He was born to the late Winnifred and Cecil Jordan on January 11, 1936 in Nakusp B.C.  In 1969 Fred was called to the bar by the Law Society of upper Canada. Fred Jordan was an unsung hero of the constitutional patriation process in Canada and was one of the federal governments most senior and longest-serving legal experts. During the constitution patriation period 1981, Fred acted at one point as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Law, and the constitutional advisor to the Prime Minister. Fred played a key role in the development of the Meech Lake Accord and he provided advice on many other important constitutional files during his time in the Department of Justice. His legacy continued after his retirement in 1996, through the mentorship of many colleagues still in government. His professional life was devoted to Canada's constitutional development and unity and he left an indelible mark on the country. Fred will be missed by all those who were fortunate to have know him.

Brooke Shaw Campbell

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Brooke Campbell on September 2, 2018. Brooke was born in Vancouver in 1941. He became a Queen's Scout at age 14 and attended the World Scouting Jamboree in England. Many of the life skills he learned in scouting would serve him well later in life. After graduating from Magee in 1959, he enrolled in a combined Commerce/Law program at UBC. To finance his education he went through the UNTD program, obtaining his commission as a Sub Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in 1962 and made lifelong friends. During University he played for the UBC Thunderbirds first fifteen rugby team. In 1966 he was hired by BMO and moved to Montreal. Brooke left BMO in 1977 for a career in corporate finance at Pemberton Securities. In 1989 Brooke joined Odlum Brown and over the next 19 years moved up to the role of VP.  Brooke had a variety of interests and was known for his generosity, organizing skills, friendliness and enthusiasm. He was active in many organizations including WV Soccer Assoc., Naval Assoc. of Canada, TMR Rugby Club, WV Fit Fellas, and WV Community Foundation. He was most proud of his work with the Westcoast RRIF Focus Group. Their written submission was taken to Members of Parliament and eventually passed in to law as part of the 2015 Budget. He was always there for his friends and family and will be missed by many.

Craig James Hill

Craig passed away peacefully July 27th, 2018 at his cottage on Christie Lake after a four-year battle with ALS. Craig attended the University of British Columbia, earning a Commerce degree followed by a Law degree from the Allard School of Law. Craig moved to Toronto to begin his career in 1989. He was hired as an associate in the insolvency department of Borden Ladner Gervais where he was mentored by some of Canada’s premier lawyers in his chosen field. Craig became a partner of the firm and was proud to spend his 25-year career amongst those whom he considered to be the finest group of professionals. Craig  had a bold sense of adventure, a love of travel, a great appreciation for live theatre, motion pictures and comedy. In remembrance of Craig, donations to the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation, 33 Drummond St., West, Perth, K7H 2K1 or A.L.S.Society or Hospital for Sick Kids Toronto would be appreciated.

Arnold Robert Booth

Arnold Booth passed away peacefully on July 27th, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. Arnold was born in Vernon, BC in 1923. As a young man he joined the RCAF where he served in England during WWII. After the war Arnold attended the Allard School of Law, graduating in 1952. Following law school Arnold ran a successful law practice in downtown Vancouver. Arnold enjoyed sailing, golf, tennis, and biking the seawall in his spare time. Arnold will be remembered as a man who lived his life the way he wanted to and will be sadly missed by those who knew him. At Arnold’s request there will be no service.

Karl William Stahl

With great sadness we announce that Karl (LLB '78) passed away suddenly on July 8, 2018 at the age of 65. After graduating from UBC with his BA in 1975, Karl studied law at the Allard School of Law, graduating in 1978. Karl was called to the BC Bar in 1980 and began his law career with the Department of Justice. After a short time with the Department of Justice Karl started his own practice, sharing an office with his father. In 1992 he went into partnership with Kim Roberts, forming Roberts & Stahl. In 2013 Karl established his own practice, Stahl & Company. Karl was known for his love of jazz, serving on the board of directors of the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society for 22 years. A Celebration of Life will be held on August 1, 2018 at 1pm at the University Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Karl may be made to the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society at

The Honourable H.J. ("Jack") McGivern

The Honourable H.J. "Jack" McGivern (LLB '64) passed away on June 9, 2018. Jack graduated from the Allard School of Law in 1964. Following his graduation Jack articled in his father's firm and was called to the Bar in 1965. He practised criminal law working alongside his father and many other noted defence lawyers. During that time Jack became involved with the East End Bar Association. In 1973 Jack was appointed as a BC Provincial Court Judge (the youngest judge appointed in BC at the time). Soon afterwards he started and ran the Clinical Criminal Law Program at the Allard School of Law, a program devoted to providing law students with opportunities for mentorship and hands-on courtroom experience. In addition to working at 222 Main Street and in many courtrooms across BC, Jack enjoyed visiting communities throughout the Yukon while serving as a Territorial Court Judge. In 2009 Jack retired from the bench and teaching at UBC, allowing him to spend more time with his family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Diabetes Canada or the charity of your choice. A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Sunday July 15 at 11:30am at Cecil Green Park House. Please contact:

Darwin Sigurgeirson

Darwin Sigurgeirson (LLB '68) was born on November 26, 1939 and passed away on May 27, 2018. Upon graduating from Richmond Senior High School, Darwin attended UBC and obtained his Bachelor of Social Work. After working for several years Darwin returned to UBC to study law, graduating in 1968. While living in Kelowna, he won the NDP nomination for the federal riding of the Okanagon Similkimeen and ran in the elections of 1979 and 1980. Darwin later moved to Pender Island, where he lived for the past 25 years. Please join us for a celebration of his life on June 16 at 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the Browning Field (Pender Island).

Doug Eastwood, QC

Douglas (Doug) Eastwood, QC (LLB '90) passed away suddenly on April 22, 2018. Doug moved to Vancouver in 1987 where he earned a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of British Columbia in 1990. His distinguished career as Senior Litigation Counsel for the B.C. Ministry of Attorney General spanned 27 years, leading to his appointment as Queen's Counsel in 2013. During the course of his career, Doug appeared before all levels of the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada on various occasions. His extremely busy practice covered everything from public injunctions and complex forestry compensation claims to the most challenging cases for children in care. He also served as a Member Designate for the BC Council of Human Rights and a stint as Strategic Advisor to the Deputy Attorney. 

Tona Rosemary Cecilia Maley 

It is with great sadness that the family of Tona Rosemary Cecilia Maley (LLB '86) must announce her passing on after a brief battle with cancer. Tona attended the University of British Columbia to complete her bachelor's degree in Economics and went on to earn her law degree. Tona had a successful 25+ year career as prosecutor for the Crown Council serving in many municipalities across the lower mainland. She had a love of music, sewing, and gardening. More importantly though she had a deep love for her children and did everything in her power to ensure they succeeded. She will be sorely missed.

Isidor M. Wolfe 

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Isidor M. Wolfe (LLB '59). Funeral services were held at Schara Tzedeck Cemetery on April 2, 2018. Born, raised and educated in Vancouver, Wolfe received his dual commerce and law degrees at UBC. "Isy" had a distinguished business and corporate law career. In 1960, he and his law school study partners started the firm of Ray, Wolfe, Connell, Lightbody & Reynolds. In 1992, he joined Harper Grey until his retirement in 2002. Donations in his memory: Vancouver Jewish Food Bank at Jewish Family Services.

Jack Giles, QC

Jack (LLB '59) died very peacefully at Royal Jubilee hospital in Victoria on March 27, after a long, successful and happy life. Born in Vancouver, his early years were marked by peregrinations - England, Ireland, Toronto and Kingston - with his parents. Jack came back to Vancouver to attend UBC for degrees in commerce and law and was taken on in 1959 for a year's articles by Farris and Company, and kept on, becoming a partner in 1967, until his retirement in 2007. He often said he had only had one real job in his life. With a well-earned reputation as a leading counsel, Jack's commitment to the law expressed itself throughout a highly distinguished career in all areas of the law in BC, Canada and internationally. A celebration of Jack's life will be held April 21 at 2 pm at the Vancouver Club. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Avalon Recovery Society.

Corey Dean

Corey Dean (LLB '80) passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.  Corey was born and raised in Richmond, BC where he attended elementary and high school and completed his education at UBC where he received his B.Comm. in 1979 and his LL.B. in 1980. Corey started his career at Clark, Wilson and in 1986 he joined DuMoulin Black. Family, work and sports are what defined Corey. He could complete a deal at work, get to a student-led conference for one of the boys and make a hockey or baseball practice in the same day. Corey was passionate about his career and took such joy in the challenges of practicing corporate law, working with clients and lawyers and last but not least being a part of the DuMoulin Black family. Sports were a huge part of his life too. Growing up he played baseball, hockey, golf, enjoyed waterskiing, cycling and was an avid skier.  A celebration of life will be held at Quilchena Golf and Country Club on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. 

John Francis Leighton

John Leighton (LLB '53) passed away on March 19, 2018. John was born in Victoria, BC in 1929, and later moved to Duncan, BC with his siblings and parents. John moved to Vancouver to attend the Allard School of Law, which he graduated from in 1953. In 1971 John was asked by the Canadian International Development Agency to take his insurance law specialty, and his family, to Africa to assist in the creation of a nationalized insurance system in Uganda. The posting was cut short by the uncertainties of the Idi Amin dictatorship, but the remarkable friendships and experiences from that time enriched his life and his career. John returned to British Columbia to become among the first employees of the newly formed Insurance Corporation of B.C., where, as a gifted legal draftsman, he helped guide vehicle insurance in the province for almost 30 years.

Robert Calvert Simson 

In loving memory of Robert Simson (LLB '62) who passed away in his home on March 10, 2018 at age 80. Bob was born in Vancouver. He shared many memories of his time spent at Shawnigan Lake School, UBC Law School and in the Reserve Navy. He began his legal career in the oil business in Calgary and after one year he moved to Victoria to join the Attorney General's Department and Victoria became his permanent home. After a notable career in the provincial government, Bob retired and spent six months a year enjoying his beloved summer cabin at Buccaneer Bay. His interests included rugby, sailing, golfing, fishing, travelling, bridge and most importantly spending time with his many wonderful friends and family. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all.

Paul Kendrick

With great sadness we announce that Paul Edwin Kendrick (LLB '67) passed away suddenly on March 6, 2018 in Richmond, B.C., at the age of 75. Paul was born in Vancouver, B.C. June 28, 1942 and moved to Trail with his family in 1949. He graduated from J. Lloyd Crowe in 1960. Paul went on to UBC where he earned degrees in Chemistry and Law. He worked as a lawyer for the Municipality of Burnaby and then the City of Richmond until his retirement in 2004. Paul had a wicked sense of humour which he readily shared. Among his many interests, Paul enjoyed golf, curling, and travelling. He will be greatly missed. 

George Rapanos

George Rapanos (LLB '56)  passed away in Lions Gate Hospice on February 8, 2018. George was born in Saskatoon Sk. where he lived till 1940 when the family moved to Victoria, BC. George attended UBC and earned a BA followed by a law degree in 1956. After a number of years of practicing criminal law he returned to UBC and obtained a Masters of Education and taught law and and history at Britannia Secondary School. In addition to teaching, George became the coach of various provincial level athletic teams. In retirement he golfed, played bridge and travelled with his family. George had a remarkable ability to connect with people and to spread his curiosity and zest for life. There was no topic or current event he was not well versed in from politics to business to the theatre, music and art. He was a great mentor and teacher to family and friends. He will be remembered as a loving, thoughtful, incisive, creative and inspirational person who will be missed by many.

Garth Curtis Wasson 

Garth Curtis Wasson (LLB '59) died peacefully at home, on February 7, 2018, a few days prior to his 84th birthday. Garth was born in North Vancouver, attended Prince of Wales High School and graduated from UBC Arts '56 and Law '59. From the age of 3, Type 1 diabetes determined Garth's way of life, a condition he accepted with fortitude and discipline, being rewarded by a life far longer than predicted and leaving time for his insatiable curiosity to tinker with all things electronic and automotive (MGB), take up ballroom dancing and join a seniors' choir. 

J. David Edgar

With great sadness we announce that J. David N. Edgar (LLB '61), or as he was often affectionately known, "Eggy", died on February 2, 2018. David was known for his wonderful sense of humour, his kind spirit, his leadership and intelligence. Born in Winnipeg, David grew up in Victoria, graduating from Oak Bay High before attending Victoria College and then UBC, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce followed by his law degree. After practicing for a number of years at Davis & Company in Vancouver, he left law to work in the public service, first for the federal government under Member of Parliament Ron Basford, and later for VGH General Administrator Peter Bazowski. He moved back to Victoria for the provincial government, eventually becoming Deputy Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs before taking over as BC Police Commission chair until he retired to dabble in mediation. A leader throughout his life, he was the board chair for both St. Michael's University School and the Victoria Symphony, as well as a variety of other volunteer boards and committees. 

Ian Louden Drost

Ian Drost (LLB '55) was born in Vancouver, B.C., on November 6, 1930. He attended Prince of Wales Elementary School in Vancouver, and, later, Brentwood College School on Vancouver Island. In 1954, Ian graduated from UBC with a law degree, and joined his father in the family law firm of Drost, Drost, Coultas and Standfield, which eventually became Drost, Affleck and Knott. In 1985, Ian was appointed as a judge, first to the County Court of New Westminster, then to the County Court of Vancouver, in 1987, and finally to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, in 1990, where he served until his 75th birthday in 2005. Ian lived and worked mostly in Vancouver, but moved to Salt Spring Island with his wife Catherine in 2003, and then, last year, to Victoria. As a young man, Ian was actively involved in politics at the provincial and federal level. He loved British Columbia, and often remarked how fortunate he was to be able to travel to so many towns and places in the province, both as a circuit court judge, and as a political campaign strategist during some of the federal and provincial elections in the late 50s and early 60s. A lifelong sailor, he was a sea cadet in high school, and was later commissioned as a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve. He enjoyed cruising and racing in the Pacific Northwest with his family and many friends. Family was always Ian's primary focus, and he managed to balance family life with heavy work demands and responsibilities. Ian's friendliness, wisdom, consideration, compassion, and good sense of humour were always in evidence, and highly appreciated by his family, friends, colleagues, and many associates. Ian passed away peacefully on January 27, 2018.