THE ADVOCATE 739
VOL. 76 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
Sometimes a hackneyed phrase conveys the perfect description of a person.
It is enough to say that Rob Richey was simply a great guy.
John Waddell, Q.C.
(with thanks to Shelley Richey, Paul Scambler, Q.C., Bob Gill,
Neil Vallance and Donna Iverson)
Our dear friend and much-respected colleague Karla
Shupe succumbed to cancer on February 4, 2018. A
advocate in every sense of the word, she integrity, compassion and grace. Karla was a
favourite among many lawyers.
Karla was born in Ladysmith on November 20,
1967, the eldest of four sisters, all of whom were
on their family farm. Karla loved music and was an exceptional In high school she was a flautist in the school band. With her outgoing
personality and graceful demeanour, she was the runner up in the Miss
Ladysmith pageant. Showing that determined personality, Karla was active
in sports. She particularly enjoyed soccer and was proudly a member of the
Sharkie’s Angels soccer team.
An animal lover from the start, Karla belonged to the Cedar 4-H Club for
over a decade. She was successful in many 4-H events and public speaking
competitions, winning a number of awards including the coveted Barney
MacGregor trophy for top showperson at the PNE. As a very young child she
often rode her white pony Pudgie home from school through the trails,
by her mother Beryl Shupe on her horse Charlie. This theme followed Karla throughout her life.
Unfortunately, Karla fell ill to Crohn’s disease, which resulted in ulcerative
colitis, which is a painful and life-limiting condition. Despite this, years later Karla gave birth to a beautiful baby boy Dylan, whom she
raised as a single mother, working at night so she could be with him during
the day. When Dylan started school, Karla decided it was her responsibility
to be a positive role model for him, so she decided to return to school. She