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Within the profession Chuck was universally liked, admired and emulated.
As one labour and employment counsel commented, “Chuck was an
exceptionally good human being who figured out early what mattered in
life and quietly lived by his values every day. We will remember him as a
devoted father and husband, a keen lover of the outdoors, a brilliant lawyer
and a loyal and supportive colleague.” From another, “He was the gold standard:
somebody who was respected by his colleagues and worked hard, but
who also made time for family, friends and fitness. Law is important, but
life more so.”
Chuck is survived by Edith, his wife of 36 years, his children, Paige and
Mark, his parents, Marilyn and Phillip, and his sister, Elizabeth Smith, as
well as many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Chuck loved his family life
and Edith’s steadfast support.
Starting in early childhood Chuck developed a great love of the outdoors.
His mother and father regularly took Chuck and his sister on camping trips
throughout the province. All four of them would pack into their Volkswagen
Beetle, off on another tenting adventure. Chuck was an exceptional athlete.
In his younger days he was a competitive cyclist. He was an accomplished
mountaineer and an excellent skier. Chuck’s dear friend and brother-in-law
Brent Moore recounts the story of slack-jawed youth at Saratoga Beach on
Vancouver Island staring in amazement as a middle-aged Chuck whizzed by
them on a skimboard for hours on end.
What was perhaps most shocking to those who were close to Chuck is
how quickly someone who is so fit and full of life could pass away. Chuck
passed away within weeks of the diagnosis of a recurrence of melanoma.
Right up to the weeks preceding his diagnosis Chuck was exceptionally fit
and led a very active life.
Chuck would often spend lunch hours running around Stanley Park. His
colleagues would try to keep up. His weekend spare time was always geared
toward getting outside. Every Monday morning outside of ski season Chuck
would post pictures of lonely glacier-fed lakes, waterfalls and snow fields
and encounters with goats, badgers and bears from his weekend rambles.
The family place in Whistler was always home base for the next adventure.
Chuck passed on his love of the outdoors and the mountains to his kids
Paige and Mark. They are both great all-mountain skiers. One ski day,
which happened to be the same day as the B.C. law firm ski race, Chuck was
in the 7th Heaven area of Blackcomb Mountain chasing after a 16-year-old
Mark. He was probably travelling over 80 km per hour when he unexpectedly
launched off an unseen obstacle. He flew close to ten metres in the air
and clattered to the earth. He had shattered his helmet, shoulder and upper