760 James Andrew Berringer
V O L . 7 5 P A R T 5 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE
We are all deeply saddened by the loss of James Andrew Berringer, a wonderful
lawyer and beloved and cherished husband, father, uncle and
James was born in Vancouver on December 4, 1962 and grew up in Richmond.
The second of four brothers, James played all sorts of sports as a kid
and in high school: primarily basketball, baseball and soccer. He took up
gymnastics at age 13, made it to the provincial finals and in Grade 11 won
the vault final. He graduated from Steveston High School in 1980.
In 1987 he married Sharon and they were happily married for 29 years.
James was a very proud father of two lovely daughters: Heather, born in
1996, and Stephanie, born in 2003. James spoke often of his daughters, who
filled his life with joy and happiness. Sharon expresses that James was
attentive and supportive in teaching them and tirelessly guided them
through life’s ups and downs.
James loved most sports. He started playing golf after high school and
that became his main passion and hobby. Weekend games were set up with
friends, and short trips arranged with other golfing acquaintances, including
lawyers, judges and police—some betting was involved, usually paid off
at the 19th hole.
Prior to law school, James had worked various odd jobs before starting
his own construction business specializing in making curved staircases.
His business was successful, but despite his business taking off, he decided
he should further his education. This decision was based in large part on
the experience of his father, a bright man who lamented that he should
have continued his education and used his intellect in his employment. In
1984 James returned to Langara College. The construction business was
abandoned a couple of years later when James decided to become a fulltime
student. James had summer jobs such as driving a cab and being a
street painter for the City of Vancouver. His undergrad major was in English
and he was accepted into the UBC Faculty of Law after his third year.
James graduated from law school in 1993 and was called to the B.C. bar in
James was a sole practitioner who practised his entire career in the
trenches of the never dull but sometimes exhausting area of family law and
child protection work. Like all family lawyers he did a great deal of pro bono
work. He gave many hours of his time to those who would otherwise not