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Shortly after moving to Canada at the age of ten, Kevin became an
accomplished child actor. He appeared in various CBC television programs
and he continued to display his acting skills as a teenager while attending
Shawnigan Lake School. In 1966, his senior year at Shawnigan, Kevin and
his good friend Hamar Foster (recently retired from the University of Victoria
Faculty of Law) were both featured in the school play Dial M for Murder.
The production was so successful that it was extended for two
performances at Victoria’s McPherson Playhouse, and Kevin received an
enthusiastic review in the local press.
After graduating from high school, Kevin and Hamar headed north and
both got jobs in a fish cannery in Prince Rupert. Both then enrolled at the
University of Victoria. At some point during his university career Kevin
took a year off to travel in Europe, the first of many such trips that he would
take over the following years. Kevin obtained a bachelor of arts degree from
the University of Victoria in 1972 and then returned to Shawnigan Lake
School as a teacher and assistant housemaster. During this period of time
he made a fateful skiing trip to France during which he met the love of his
life, Genevieve. Kevin remained dedicated to Genevieve for the rest of his
life. They married in 1975 and returned to Vancouver Island just in time for
Kevin to start law school at the University of Victoria.
Kevin and I, and my wife Marion, were all introduced to the legal community
in September 1975 when we became members of the first law
school class at the University of Victoria. We started law school life as part
of a group of 72 fledglings, and the small size of our class drew us all
together in a unique way.
By 1975 Kevin had become a skilled guitarist, and he quickly paired with
another musical classmate, Julian Greenwood, to form a guitar duet. Thereafter,
Kevin and Julian were usually the main attraction at any law school
gathering or social event. Kevin proved particularly skillful at writing new,
legally oriented lyrics to well-known songs. Kevin’s most popular composition
was probably “Mr. Bora Laskin—Dissents” (sung to the tune of “Bo Jangles”),
which Kevin and Julian performed on countless occasions, including
at the law school’s 25th anniversary celebration.
After Kevin graduated from law school in 1978, he and Genevieve moved
to North Vancouver. Kevin articled at Edwards, Kenny and Bray and stayed
on as an associate. In 1981 Kevin joined several other UVic classmates at the
Vancouver Crown Counsel office, and he continued in this position until
In 1988 Kevin left the Crown (temporarily) and joined the North Vancouver
firm Forrest, Gray, Lewis & Gillett as a partner, where he continued his