THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 6 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 919 NOS DISPARUS By R.C. Tino Bella The Honourable William Blakeman Scarth, Q.C. Q.C. Little did King George V realize on January 10, 1936 that in Flin Flon, Manitoba, one of his most loyal subjects had been born. In fact, William Blakeman Scarth’s pantheon of heroes comprised Queen Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill and Lord Denning in that order. He even ensured that his last house in Vancouver was located on Churchill Street. Bill passed away on August 9, 2017 in what can only be described as his annus horribilis, after suffering from one health complication after another. Despite these grave difficulties he kept a positive attitude, always cheerful in the presence of family and friends, to the very end. Bill was a devoted husband and a proud father with four children and three grandchildren. He was a lawyer’s lawyer and a mentor to many young lawyers. His two sons, Ian and Andrew, are now lawyers. Those who had the pleasure of meeting Bill Scarth, either during his years of practice or on the bench, would not be surprised to learn that he was born in a three-piece suit and since the age of three aspired to become a member of the judiciary. Outwardly he had a careful and distinguished bearing. Only those close to him knew that a mischievous spirit dwelt within. Oblivious to this, a newspaper reporter on Vancouver Island in 1975 described Scarth the barrister as follows: Scarth is a hired gun from the Department of Justice in Vancouver. He is a natural as the villain. Dressed in a black pinstriped suit and having ten meticulously manicured digits, the man reeks of Establishment. His manner is so restrained, so composed, and well, so lifeless that one can’t help but have the impression that he had just stepped out of a coffin that had happened to float by.
Nov Advocate 2017
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