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112 THE ADVOCATE 112 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 Does that clarify things?” The witness was obviously recalling some dreaded past cross-examination with the old man. But the cases were only a small part of Bob’s adventure in life. He and Sheila became avid horse people and threw their support into various equestrian projects. It all started with their daughter Nancy who wanted to learn to ride. In the end Bob and Sheila created a stable (Grayross) on the Vancouver Southlands. They sponsored and rode in equestrian shows; they bought and sold show horses; and they bred race horses for Hastings Park. Sheila tells me Bob owned 26 horses at the end of his life. Integrating his passions Bob was instrumental in the creation and support for the disabled riding organization at the Vancouver Southlands, which continues to help people with disabilities learn to ride. For all those who knew Bob well, this short reflection hardly does him justice. His life and career spanned a time of great change in the courts, the law and the profession. Like so many people who pass from our lives, we will miss him, but we will not forget the contributions made by Bob and his generation to the tapestry of our profession and the richness of our greater community. We could not be the way we are without the bold, independent and generous practitioners like Bob Ross who made the way better for the severely injured and carved out paths for others to follow. Jonathan Simon t t t t t Raymond MacLeod Litigation is sometimes called a game, sometimes a battle. On either metaphor, Ray MacLeod brought to litigation what many would call his appropriate experience as a football lineman with his name on the Grey Cup. Ray passed away on June 20, 2016, four days before his 83rd birthday. A native Vancouverite, he attended high school first at Kitsilano Secondary, then at Vancouver College. The latter institution was where he earned a football scholarship to the University of Oregon. The former was even more important because it was where he met his life partner Olga (“Ollie”). Ray’s death came only a month before he and Ollie would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.


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