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Clint and Audra’s recreational adventures carried on through the rest of
their life together. Among their happiest times was their weekly tradition of
what they called “honey-bunny golf”, for which Clint was persuaded to
forego Saturday’s men’s league play at Country Hills.
In a most life-altering turn, Clint was diagnosed with stage four colonrectal
cancer in 2002. He managed, with great credit to the love and support
of Audra, to courageously fight off the affliction into remission. Unfortunately,
his condition left him with a somewhat diminished work capacity.
Clint’s view was that his partners were perhaps too keen to be sure that his
clients, including Petro-Canada, suffered little from his incapacity. In the
end, Clint left Fenertys, by then called FMC Law, in 2006.
The final decade of Clint’s life, both at home and at work, will define his
legacy, and is a more creditable epitaph measured by the highest objects
and standards of our profession than might earlier have been imagined.
Rather than moving, as might have been expected of a recognized, topcalibre
corporate civil litigator, to any of the large interprovincial firms
establishing offices and infiltrating the then booming Calgary economy,
Clint accepted the invitation of his friend Vic Russell to share space at Lord
Russell in a two-storey residential house sandwiched in among the office
towers downtown. Clint set up shop in an upstairs office over which a photograph
of his grandfather presided.
From Lord Russell, Clint took referrals on individual executive wrongful
dismissal matters, which became frequent in a shrinking economy. More
notably, he represented some of the firm’s criminal clients in civil police
brutality matters, though remuneration of any kind was uncertain. These
matters allowed Clint to continue to develop and display a courtroom ability
which led Queen’s Bench justices and senior lawyers to conclude that he
was among the best, and most naturally gifted, cross-examiners recently
witnessed in Alberta courts. His appetite for trial work, not one that might
have been fed had he stayed in a big firm litigation environment, can be
explained at least in part because he had little trouble with the risk and
uncertainty that are inherent in trial work, and which can be so disconcerting
to lesser counsel.
Clint’s last months were as swift and cruel as they now seem poignant.
With Clint’s cancer in remission from 2004, Audra and Clint devoted themselves
to being the best parents possible to Lauren and Alex, uncle and aunt
to extended nieces and nephews and potential grandparents. By late 2016
the group of litigators had negotiated a move to premises directly opposite
the famous brass doors of the Calgary Court Centre, over which Clint could,
from a corner office, preside over the comings and goings of justice in