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Unfortunately, Ray’s health continued to decline in later years and he was never able to enjoy his retirement as much as he had hoped. He had to give up golf and weightlifting. The walks he took became progressively shorter. He and Ollie were not able to do as much traveling as they would have liked. But he remained keenly interested in whatever his grandchildren were doing and made sure he remained a part of their lives. A dedicated lawyer, husband, father and friend, Ray will be missed by all who knew him. The Honourable Mr. Justice Nathan Smith 116 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE t t t t t Jim Taylor, Q.C. Jim Taylor, born December 5, 1943, died on October 16, 2016. Jim commenced his career at the UBC law school, earning his LL.B. in 1968. He returned to the law school in 1974 as a member of the faculty and was a tenured full professor by 1979. His energy and commitment to legal education were much appreciated, and many of his former students and colleagues maintained contact and their friendships with Jim for his entire career. He co-authored the “bible” for civil procedure in B.C. with his faculty colleague, now Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, under the title of British Columbia Practice but more commonly known as “McLachlin & Taylor”. In 1983 he was appointed Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Justice in Saskatchewan under the administration of Premier Grant Devine. In 1984 he returned to Vancouver to take up the practice of law. When it became known that Jim had decided to return to Vancouver he was approached by most major law firms in Vancouver with offers to join them. All that remained was for him to choose between them. However, he rejected all these offers and instead joined a firm of four lawyers in which the closest in age to him was seven years his junior. The firm had been in existence for only three years. The unusual choice to join the firm of Jordan & Gall provides a window into how Jim conducted his life. He was never drawn to the favourites. He preferred to seek out the less known with longer odds. The obvious answer and conventional wisdom never satisfied Jim’s inquisitive nature. That curious nature and unbounded energy made


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