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Roy had an extremely busy insurance defence practice. While he enjoyed
the law, he loved the people. Each case, he found, was an opportunity to
learn something new and feel the sense of accomplishment that comes
from practising your profession with a high level of skill and integrity.
No lawyer in B.C. was wittier than Roy. In the barristers’ lounge other
lawyers would drop by and pretend to be engaged in their work so that they
could hear Roy. His humour flowed in the form of a non-stop monologue.
It was so quick and so funny, yet he never said something hurtful about
another person. If there was to be any criticism that would lead to laughter
it was at Roy’s expense as he discussed something he could have done differently.
Roy was a great teacher and taught young lawyers like myself and
older lawyers never to take yourself too seriously.
Upon his passing Roy’s family received many condolences:
When I was a young lawyer in the 1970s, I had many cases with Roy. He
was always a gentleman with a delightful sense of humour. He was one
of the best defence counsel I ever dealt with, and did an excellent job for
his clients, while being a lovely human being to all. His humanity was a
lesson to me. His presence in the profession has been missed.
– Ian Aikenhead, Q.C.
I started court reporting in 1966 in New Westminster and needless to say
worked with your father a great many times in New Westminster and
Vancouver until 1982 when I moved to Kelowna. I still kept in contact
with Roy as he would come up to do examinations for discovery and see
his friend Howie Hamilton. Of course they both loved baseball and I
would hear of their trips to Chicago. Your father was such a kind and funloving
gentleman, and I truly loved working with him over the years.
– Steve Coutts
Roy would come to court to watch when I had a trial, for moral support
and to see how I was doing, did I need anything—running off to do some
legal research for me when something came up unexpectedly. No Christmas
party was complete without Roy standing at some point and reciting
the whole of Casey at the Bat. First time was at the restaurant at the Hotel
Vancouver. I think after that we started booking Christmas lunches in private
rooms. It was an honour. And it was always fun.
– Susan Ferguson
Roy Logie was a terrific person. He loved his friends and his family. He
practised law for more than 50 years. He treated everyone he met with genuine
respect, including the plaintiffs on the other side of his defence files.
Many of his colleagues, opposing counsel and judges became friends and
admirers over his long and happy life. By his example he showed all of us a
way to be successful with great dignity. He will be greatly missed.
Art Vertlieb, Q.C.