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922 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 6 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE course, Bill Scarth, travelled to Lord Denning’s home in Hampshire with a group of Lincoln’s Inn benchers. Of the speeches given that day, Lord Denning’s was by far and away the most stirring. It included lines flawlessly recited from memory of Rudyard Kipling’s “What Say the Reeds at Runnymede?”. Lord Denning was by then 961⁄2 years old. At Runnymede, at Runnymede, Your rights were won at Runnymede! No freeman shall be fined or bound, Or dispossessed of freehold ground, Except by lawful judgment found And passed upon him by his peers. Forget not, after all these years, The Charter signed at Runnymede. And still when mob or Monarch lays Too rude a hand on English ways, The whisper wakes, the shudder plays, Across the reeds at Runnymede. And Thames, that knows the moods of kings, And crowds and priests and suchlike things Rolls deep and dreadful as he brings Their warning down from Runnymede! Notwithstanding his love for the law, Bill was anything but a one-dimensional man. He was an accomplished musician. In particular he held the position of organist and choir master at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral in Winnipeg. He was an avid reader of both legal and non-legal literature. In his youth he was an excellent figure skater. It was failing eyesight that forced Bill to retire from the bench in 2009, a year short of what he called the mandatory age of senility. Within a few years he was totally blind. It is quite remarkable that in spite of this he remained as cheerful as ever. Many happy hours were spent by his friends chatting with him in his fulsome library, a fire crackling in the fireplace and a glass of scotch in hand. His two bulldogs, Winston and Clementine, would look on, ever hopeful of a morsel dropping from the table. Bill will be truly missed by his friends and his devoted family. Harry Wruck, Q.C., and Christopher Harvey, Q.C. t t t t t


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