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LLM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-22 published
JESSIMAN, The Honourable Duncan James, Q.C.
Quietly and with dignity, Duncan passed away, on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Duncan is survived by Alix (PERRIN,) his loving and caring wife of 27 years and his children, Duncan (Colleen CRAWFORD,) Robert (Sally KENDALL) and Sally (Arnold OSTEVIK.) 'Big', as he was affectionately known, will also be missed by his devoted grandchildren Duncan (Tressa MAIN,) Patrick, Shauna, Ryann (Phil DOUCETTE), Scott, Robin, Joe and Julia. Big was a loving caring father and grandfather always there to support and love his family. It made him very proud that all of his children were university educated and active professionals in their communities. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 5th 1923, to parents William and Rubina (RUBY) JESSIMAN. He was predeceased by his mother when he was 9 years old and subsequently by his father and brothers, William, Tom and John and he is survived by his youngest brother Harvey. At age 16, Duncan left home and went west to fight fires in British Columbia. His Aunt Ret and Uncle Dunc then convinced him to come home and stay with them and go back to school. They made him realize the importance of education. At the age of 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a midshipman. He served in the coastal forces in Canada, the United Kingdom and France. He served with the 29th Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla and was part of the Allied liberation of Europe, participating in D-day, June 6, 1944, and in operations on the French, Belgian and Dutch coasts. This was dangerous duty. He survived the destruction of his squadron at 0stend in 1945. He was honourably discharged as a Lieutenant Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in August 1945. After his service he continued his commitment to lifelong learning as he worked to obtain his law degree. After he obtained his law degree, he went back and obtained his arts degree and then later his LLM and then went on to teach in the post graduate program at the law school. He started practicing law in 1948, when he joined with Arthur Johnston, the firm eventually becoming Johnston, Jessiman, Gardner and Twaddle. In 1971 that firm joined with Pitblado and Hoskin where he became a partner and in 1998 he joined Aikins, MacAulay and Thor valdson where he continued his practice until 2005. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1959 and appeared successfully before the Supreme Court of Canada on four occasions. He was a life long member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and became a senator in 1993. He took great pride on the work he did in the Senate with the Special Committee dealing with the Pearson Airport Agreements, the Standing Committees on Fisheries and Oceans; Legal and Constitutional Affairs; Social Affairs, Science and Technology; the Sub Committee on Veterans Affairs; and the Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access. In addition to politics Duncan's commitment to the community involved his participation in the Rotary Club of Winnipeg where he became President, the University of Winnipeg, where he became Chairman of the Board of Regents; he was a founding member, chairperson of the board and member of the executive committee of the Victoria General Hospital Research and Services Inc. in addition he was a member of the advisory boards of Rainbow Stage and the Canadian Arthritis Society. In business he was equally successful where he was a driving force in the creation of a number of entities listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. These entities included Service Corporation International Canada, Geocrude Energy, Pan Cana Resources and Rimoil where he served as chairman and Enerplus Resources where he was a director. He also served as a director of Air Canada. In Winnipeg, through Progressive Holdings he was involved with many investments involving among other things, land development. The development of Linden Ridge with others was one of its larger undertakings. Through his community involvement, political associations and business interests, there were not many places he didn't travel to, however his best times were visiting the far flung reaches of Canada and getting to know and gain a better understanding of the people. He always prided himself for having a goal, setting the agenda, being rigorously honest, being in control, giving ample consideration to all the details in complex matters, he had a very focused and strong mind. When needed he was always able to shift his truly incredible power of focus to deal with the required issue at hand, usually involving others. He was always determined and could always be relied on. His enormous strength, energy and the security of purpose was cherished by many, but in particular, his family members. He will be dearly missed by all. He was a member of the Manitoba Club and the St. Charles Country Club where he very much enjoyed matching wits with the 'Boys of Friday'. For many years Duncan and the family spent summers enjoying the family cottage uniquely located on the isthmus between West Hawk Lake and Hunt Lake. A service in celebration of Duncan's life will take place at St. George's Crescentwood Anglican Church, 168 Wilton Street in Winnipeg on Tuesday, April 25 at 11 a.m. with reception to follow at the Church. Donations to CancerCare Manitoba, P.O. Box 2248, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4A6 are. gratefully appreciated. Duncan was deeply appreciative of all his caregivers, especially Antonia and Merril and his dedicated wife and daughter. Condolences may be emailed to condolences@nbardal.mb.ca. 'One always knew where he stood on a matter.' Neil Bardal Inc 204-949-2200

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LLM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-12 published
JOHNSTON, Douglas Millar, LLM, McL, JSD
Douglas Millar JOHNSTON, LLM, McL, JSD, succumbed to recurring prostate cancer on Saturday, May 6th, just having celebrated his 75th birthday. Born in Dundee, Scotland, he immigrated to Canada in 1955, after graduating from St. Andrews University. He worked as an Executive Trainee at Eatons before realizing that academia was his calling. Earning post-graduate degrees from McGill and Yale Universities, he went on to teach at the New School for Social Research in New York City, the University of Western Ontario, Louisiana State University, the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Victoria in a career that lasted until 1999. In retirement he held the titles of Emeritus Professor at University of Victoria Law School and Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie Law School. Demonstrating a passion for writing, he wrote over 30 books and 90 articles in the theory and history of international law, law of the sea, marine and environmental policy studies, comparative law, modern Chinese studies and public policy issues. He died, pen in hand, completing the finishing touches on a comprehensive history of international law. He will be remembered by his colleagues as an institution-builder through the creation of the Southeast Asian Programme in Ocean Law, Policy and Management centered in Bangkok, the Dalhousie Ocean Studies Programme in Halifax and the Maritime Awards Society of Canada dedicated to student scholarships. He was the founding Chair in Asia-Pacific Relations at the University of Victoria. He will be remembered by his students as an inspiring and generous mentor and by the international legal community as a theoretician. He leaves behind Judith, his wife and partner of 47 years, a son, Keith, living and working in Bangkok, and a son, Murray and a daughter, Caroline, both in Vancouver. He leaves a lifetime of memories as a kind, generous man with a positive attitude and a great sense of humour, a role model and inspiration to his family. He will be missed in more ways than they can express. Douglas M. Johnston Memorial Funds are being set up through the Maritime Awards Society of Canada in Victoria (P.O. Box 5328, Station B, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 6S4) and Dalhousie Law School's graduate programme (Dalhousie Law School, 6061 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9).

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LLM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-22 published
WARD, Judge Donald William Stillman
(May 15, 1914-May 18, 2006)
Donald William Stillman WARD passed away peacefully in his sleep early Thursday morning May 18th, 2006, three days after his 92nd birthday. Deeply missed by his loving family, he is survived by his wife of 63 years Ruth Marion WARD, his daughter Peggy (Bill), his son Jack (Smita), his grandchildren Andrea, Roz (Magnus), Jennifer (Isaac), and Kim, and his great-grandchildren Xavier and Ava. Don was born on the 15th May 1914 in Maidstone, Kent, England. After attending Maidstone Grammar School he joined Scotland Yard working in the Special Branch. During World War 2 he served in the Royal Air Force as a pilot with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. While on a tour of duty in Edmonton, he met his wife Ruth who led him to a strong faith in God that stayed with him all his life. While he was still in Canada their first child Peggy was born. After the war he returned to Scotland Yard, and while serving in Belfast his son Jack was born. During this time he earned his law degree from Queens University, Belfast and was called to the Bar, becoming a member of the Inner Temple. He emigrated to Canada in 1952 and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Judge Advocate General Branch, retiring with the rank of Squadron Leader. He completed a Masters degree in law (LLM) at McGill University in 1970. Upon his retirement from the Canadian Forces, he was appointed Judge of the British Columbia Provincial Court and sat in Prince Rupert and Vancouver Island. he retired in 1982. Throughout his retirement he remained committed to local affairs and broader legal issues and frequently travelled to his beloved England. His family and Friends will miss him dearly. Although his health declined over the last few years, he will now know 'the peace that surpasses all understanding'. There will be a memorial service at Saint Mark's Anglican Church, 138 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach, on Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. Grateful thanks to the caring staff at Arranglen Gardens. Donations to the Covenant House Vancouver are requested in lieu of flowers.

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