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litigation practice for the following ten years. In 1998 Kevin moved on to
become counsel for the Commission for Public Complaints Against the
RCMP (which conducted the APEC Inquiry into the actions of the RCMP).
Following this employment, Kevin returned to ad hoc counsel work on
behalf of the Ministry of Attorney General and branched out into counsel
work dealing with complaints and discipline proceedings against members
of the RCMP and members of the Law Society of B.C.
Kevin subsequently re-joined the Crown Counsel office in Vancouver as
a member of the commercial crime section, but his assignments were not
limited to commercial crime cases. During this time he prosecuted a broad
range of Criminal Code offences and handled appeals as well. Kevin’s talents
and experience frequently made him the go-to person to deal with particularly
difficult cases within the Crown office. Kevin left the Crown Counsel
office for a final time, and retired from the practice of law, in 2015.
During his different tenures as Crown counsel in the Vancouver region,
Kevin was involved in the prosecution of a number of high-profile cases. In
the 1980s he joined Jim Jardine (now the Honourable Judge J. Jardine,
retired) on both the “Squamish Five” and Narita terrorist bombing prosecutions.
More recently, he carried the prosecution in R. v. Wirick, which has
been described as the biggest legal fraud in Canadian history. Over the
years, Kevin earned a reputation among members of both the bench and
bar as a highly skilled and professional legal counsel. He was perhaps best
known for his quick grasp of the key issues and his calm and measured
interaction with opposing counsel.
Kevin had a particular genius for mixing work and study with family
interests. Shortly after he met Genevieve, who lived in Marseille, he
enrolled in a program d’études françaises in nearby Aix-en-Provence.
Throughout the 1980s, while working as Crown counsel, he arranged various
extended leaves of absence that allowed him (and Genevieve) to live
and study in France. By 1985 Kevin had completed both a LL.M. equivalent
and a doctorat in comparative criminal procedure at l’université d’Aix-
In recent years Kevin purchased a substantial motorboat that he kept in
the south of France; naturally he named it “Genevieve”. For the past several
years Kevin and Genevieve, along with their various guests and family
members, spent several months each summer cruising French canals and
My wife Marion and I were honoured to hold a “celebration of life” for
Kevin at our home following his passing. The overflowing crowd, which
burst outdoors into the garden, included many of Kevin’s squash buddies,