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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 437 in a couple of old buildings on W. 4th Avenue through three ever-larger production facilities—the last of which Lance ensured had a terrific gym—and a world-wide network with branches or franchise operations in Australia, Belgium, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and the U.S., as Generation II became known globally for osteoarthritis and sports medicine bracing products. Lance was vice-president and general counsel while his brother Dean was president, his brother Cam was head of R&D and his sister Taffy dealt with marketing and the front office. For the couple of decades that followed, Lance had to travel regularly across the world on company business, through every continent except Antarctica, and making lifelong friends wherever he went. Notwithstanding this move to the business world, Lance always saw himself as a lawyer, and he retained his practice certificate until his retirement. He told me there were always legal problems crossing his desk: contractual, employment, intellectual property, shareholder, corporate/commercial, franchising and many more, and as happens with successful companies, there was periodically litigation with competitors (alleged to be swiping ideas) that meant he had to instruct and supervise teams of lawyers in different countries. He wrote of his experiences in an issue of BarTalk a few years back, noting how a law degree can be of use in many fields of endeavour. In 2003, after over 20 busy years of Lance traversing the globe, the company made a very favourable sale to an Icelandic firm that continues to operate it to this day, and Lance, his siblings and his parents retired. Zach, however, who had been working on the shop floor as in-house child labour (along with Genevieve) for years, has stayed on until this day. Very shortly before Lance’s death, Zach completed his Executive M.B.A. at UCLA while working full-time, much to the pride of both his parents. Lance and Charmaine took time to do some actual holiday travel, and Lance devoted more time to his golf game (which curiously was the only time he ever seemed to rush through anything, hitting without any setup and fretting about holding up those behind him). He also threw himself into broadening his already wide horizons. He took cordon bleu cooking classes (and ever after lectured friends and family on the proper way to cut an onion while making his few specialties), worked his way through selflearning DVDs in many areas and built a more-than-respectable wine cellar and scotch cabinet in both the Richmond home and their getaway at Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna. We would periodically go wine-touring together in the Okanagan to help fill that cellar. Charmaine and he also had the joy of becoming doting grandparents when Genevieve and her husband Jonathan had twins. Lance never grew tired of his time with Declan and Bronwen.


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