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By R.C. Tino Bella
E.H. Alan Emery, better known to his colleagues and
friends as “Big Al”, died on February 22, 2018 in Victoria,
B.C. He was an amazing husband, father, family
man, community volunteer and lawyer.
Al died leaving behind his wife of 57 years Rosemary
and his four sons Michael (Lesley) (Michael is
a justice of the Ontario Superior Court), Richard
(Karen), James and Neil (Jennifer). He also left four grandchildren whom
he adored. He will also be missed by his older sister Jane and his younger
brother John and their families.
Values were important to Al. He considered it his responsibility to teach
those values and lived by the proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him
for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Al’s values
were honour, hard work, honesty, humour and simplicity. The word “can’t”
was unknown to Al.
His sons remember their father having a knack for describing the most
complex of issues, legal or political, in a clear and simple way that made it
possible to comprehend what previously seemed opaque. His ability to
explain the law in layman’s terms to his family, friends and clients was so
refined that they came away feeling that they understood the law pretty
Regardless of the obstacles presented, he always found a way to persevere
and charge ahead, leading by example. His sons remember many days
spent with family and close friends with heated political and legal discussions
of current affairs and the future ahead. Al insisted that they answer
their own questions about the world after lively discussion. Memories of
dinners with family, friends and Big Al are still cherished.