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him with the empathy and compassion so notable in his professional career.
To Eric no case or matter was unimportant, for each was the single most
important case to the litigants appearing before him. He treated each case
as it deserved to be treated.
There have been a great many fine men and women who have served the
B.C. Supreme Court with distinction and dedication. I have had the honour
and privilege of knowing and serving with many of them. To borrow the
title of the fine history of the court by the Honourable David Verchere, the
court truly is a “Progression of Judges”. Eric was a man who shared many of
the best characteristics of those judges: a love of the law, a depth of knowledge,
a sense of compassion and an unwavering belief that the importance
of a matter is found in its importance to the parties, not the amount
involved or the location where the matter was commenced. Eric was a fitting
and valuable addition to the court, he served it well and he has taken
his place in that progression of judges.
The Honourable Glen Parrett
Paul Robert Leitch
Paul Robert Leitch passed away on October 12, 2017.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Dawn
Connolly; his mother, Kathie; his brothers, Chris and
Andrew; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul was born on October 8, 1964 in Edmonton
where his father, Lorne, was a professor at the University
of Alberta. Paul’s childhood was idyllic and,
as his brothers were close in age, much of their childhood was spent in their
shared passions for sports and stomping around the North Saskatchewan
Paul graduated from Ross Sheppard High School and went on to obtain a
commerce degree from UBC. After graduating, Paul took a year off to travel
throughout China and Southeast Asia. Paul returned to British Columbia
where he received a law degree from UVic in 1990.