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THE ADVOCATE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 431 NOS DISPARUS By R.C. Tino Bella Gregory Kenneth Steele, Q.C. Greg Steele passed away on January 26, 2017 after a lengthy battle with acute lymphocytic leukemia. He was diagnosed in 2003 and given five to seven years to live. For those of you who knew Greg, he was never going to accept that and lived to prove his physicians wrong. Ironically, he had asked me many times over the past few years to give him the draft of this article. I of course refused. Many will think it bad karma to do so. I was merely concerned that he would rewrite it. I had the privilege of practising law with Greg Steele for many years. Greg began practising law in 1980. We began practising together in September 1995 and practised together until Greg retired in 2009. We remained good friends until his death. Greg was an avid sailor and skier. He was devoted to his wife, Susan, and his children, Jason and Jennifer. He always put them first. Yet he was always there for his clients. He worked hard and played hard. He exemplified how one should balance the practice of law with family. One of Greg's foremost passions in the law was helping individuals who needed it the most. He took on many difficult cases that other lawyers would not. Greg put enormous effort and energy into getting the best results he could for his clients. While representing his clients, Greg worked tirelessly. I saw firsthand how much his clients appreciated his honesty, fairness and directness. Even if the case was unwinnable, Greg’s clients appreciated the efforts he took to try that case on their behalf. As you might expect, Greg received numerous gifts of thanks from clients for his hard work. However, it is not often that a client gives a gift of thanks to a lawyer who did not win his or


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