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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 107 bers of the bar. Mel of course kept working until his kidney disease made that impossible. Even in his last months Mel was always keen to leave the hospital in his wheelchair for a Colts cigar and lively conversation with family or a friend. He never lost his interest in people’s lives, current events, philosophy, notable trials and storytelling. His charm persisted in difficult circumstances, as evidenced by the delegation from the Royal Jubilee Hospital’s dialysis unit who attended his funeral and spoke in fond terms of their time with Mel. Near the end, Mel said he lived a full and good life, satisfied with his professional accomplishments, the love of his family, not being alone, and the company of friends and colleagues he always enjoyed. Having lived his life as a lawyer in accord with his adopted maxim, fiat justitia ruat cælum,1 the Latin phrase meaning justice must be realized regardless of the consequences, Mel Hunt will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of crossing his path. Ross McLarty ENDNOTE 1. Literally, “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.” John D’Arcy Gardner t t t t On September 3, 2016 Mission Memorial Hospital witnessed the end of one of the most unusual yet quintessentially Canadian legal careers in the history of British Columbia. John D. Gardner was the f irst person to graduate from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law in a wheelchair, but what really set him apart were his contributions to legal scholarship. As editor of Walter Tarnopolsky’s Discrimination and the Law, revised by William Pentney, he became a hidden expert on human rights issues. He also carried the torch for that secret weapon of the law library: Sanagan’s Encyclopedia of Words and Phrases: Legal Maxims. Rarely cited in legal judgments it was, all the same, the starting point of the research used to construct many a ground-breaking argument or to decont


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