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the Immaculate Conception might disqualify him from entry to heaven’s
most privileged levels.
Clint’s athleticism and leadership saw him, scripted to cliché, quarterback
the Red Deer Packers junior football team through his early teens.
Though not exceptionally fast, strong or coordinated, he excelled in sports
like golf which demanded more cerebral talents and calm temperament. As
his longtime law partner, the Honourable Justice Robert J. Hall, said at
Clint’s memorial service, playing golf with Clint (a single-digit handicapper)
was “four hours of pure joy”. He was a longtime member of Country Hills in
north Calgary, where he served as president in the late 1990s. Clint was a
boon companion to anyone lucky enough to be in his foursome, no matter
their skill level.
Clint’s first brush with tragedy was his father’s death at age 56 on Clint’s
17th birthday. Then in August 1977, after Clint’s second year at the University
of Alberta, fate struck another blow: while he was operating an asphalt
roller at a shopping centre in Camrose, a rogue cloud floated over the construction
site and a single bolt of lightning shot through his body knocking
him unconscious. The family credits his youth, his years as an athlete and
his determination for his survival. He took the rest of the year to recover,
returning to university the following year and earning his B.A. His “lost”
months were merely a temporary deferment of his never-doubted law
The lightning bolt left Clint marked in at least a couple of ways. His St.
Christopher medal took the charge, leaving him with a crude black tattoo of
its outline around his neck and on his chest. It was hard not to miss some
symbolism and irony in that. More importantly, after that narrow reprieve,
he was left with the certain insight that the greatest sin a man could commit
was to be boring. He adhered to that motto absolutely.
In 1979 Clint was accepted into law school at the University of Toronto,
then reputed to be the best Canadian law school. Clint arrived and became
fast and eventually lifelong friends with his two closest conspirators in mischief:
Mitchell Wine, now a civil litigator at Levine Sherkin Boussidan in
Toronto, and David Shore, a television producer/writer who is currently
filming his latest series The Good Doctor in Vancouver. David received an
Emmy for his creation of the character Gregory House in House, starring
Hugh Laurie as the brilliant and charismatic doctor.
David and others managed an early takeover of the law school student
newspaper Hearsay, in which he co-wrote a parody column under the pen
name Flint Cord, a character with a western Canadian taste for petro
dollars, misogyny, rough prairie living, rattlesnake cuisine and the like. The