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struggling with mental illness and addiction. He was a good man who
lived life well, and there is no better measure of success.
I also add an excerpt of a submission from Madam Justice Power of the
B.C. Supreme Court:
I felt fortunate that I had the opportunity to work closely with Bob in the
Vancouver Island Regional Crown Office from 1997 until he left the
Crown in 2009. Bob was a trusted colleague whose knowledge and judgment
was invaluable to all of us who worked with him. Bob guided all of
his decision making with fairness as a prominent value and he had a deep
understanding of the role of Crown counsel and the responsibility to our
fellow citizens that came with that role. In addition, he had a great sense
of humour and he was always able to lighten some of the more difficult
Chief Justice Hinkson has asked me to extend condolences on his behalf
and on behalf of all of us on the court. Bob has made an immense contribution
to the criminal justice system in British Columbia, and I hope you
are comforted by the fact that his legacy will live on in the many cases he
has argued and the teaching and mentorship that he has provided to so
many of us.
A week before he died, Bob and I met at the Dutch Bakery for a coffee,
and he was excited to tell me about the travel plans that he and Olga had
made. We discussed what we could do together once I finally retired. We
were looking forward to spending more retirement time together. However,
it was not to be. I grieve the loss of my good friend. I grieve not only the loss
of what was, but also what could have been. My friend Bob Jones was one
of the most decent gentlemen that I have had the privilege to know. He will
be sorely missed but not soon forgotten.
Dirk Ryneveld, Q.C.