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VOL. 76 PART 3 MAY 2018
In 1980 Dave took a sabbatical from the practice of law to join a Calgary
financial institution, returning to Vancouver in 1982 to join the firm then
known as Lyall Mckercher and Hanna (later known as Lyall Mckercher)
and now known as Fasken. David became a leading lawyer in the lending
group and worked closely with the fledgling technology practice group.
In 2002 David left Fasken to join the lending group at Clark Wilson, bringing
with him many of his loyal clients and his expertise.
For many at Clark Wilson, Dave was our beloved “curmudgeon”, because
he could be cantankerous, caring and fun—all at once.
Throughout his career, David’s love for the law made him an outstanding
practitioner. He was smart, creative, determined, loyal, wise and ethical.
Within the partnership he lived up to his duty of utmost good faith to his
partners. He was a true professional and had an ethical compass that always
guided him to do the right thing.
He was, in every sense, a true gentleman.
David served his clients well and was rewarded by commanding a large
practice of loyal, successful clients, many of whom became lifelong friends.
Dave will be remembered by his colleagues, opposing counsel, lenders and
borrowers as one of the leading lawyers in this area of practice.
Above all, David was a family man who was deeply devoted to Eveline,
the love of his life and his intellectual equal, always the best foil for his dry
sense of humour. Together they raised son Matt in a loving family, providing
him with every opportunity to succeed. Today, Matt is well on his way
to becoming a leader in our business community.
When David died, on November 19, 2017, the legal profession lost one of
its best practitioners and a true role model. A dedicated solicitor who maintained
the highest standards of practice, David was deeply loyal to his family,
friends, partners, colleagues and clients. He achieved a truly balanced
life and will be profoundly missed.
Lyall D. Knott, Q.C.