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articled at Miller Thomson in Toronto and was called to the bar in Ontario
and New York in 1996. He then decided to pursue his love of the outdoors
and came to B.C. where he articled at Russell & DuMoulin (as it then was)
and was called to the B.C. bar in 1997. His pursuit of labour law took him to
Bull Housser & Tupper (as it then was) where he practised as an associate
and partner until he joined Harris and Company in 2008.
At Harris, it was clear that Joe was well liked by everyone. He was always
the life of the party; he was cheerful, caring and generous. He often brought
laughter and sunshine even on the darkest days. Joe delighted in shocking
people (this was not unique to his time at Harris or his professional life),
but always with a twinkle in his eye and a big grin on his face. He had a mischievous
sense of humour, and he never altered how he dealt with people:
he was himself regardless of whom he was speaking to.
Joe often gave his colleagues strength in times of trouble, wisdom in
times of uncertainty and further joy in times of happiness. Loyalty, trust
and joy are concepts that are not easy to put into words, but he embodied
all of these. He lived life completely and intensely. He was wise counsel, in
all the ways that can be interpreted and to all the people with whom he had
Harris was deluged by messages from lawyers and clients he worked
with expressing how much they enjoyed and appreciated his counsel,
humour and friendship. Even months after his passing, he is missed every
day by those who worked with him.
The Labour Relations Board in a letter of condolence wrote:
Joe was such an important part of so many communities of friends and
colleagues, including our own. We knew when we saw Joe’s name on a
matter at the Board that we would have the pleasure of experiencing his
expert and passionate advocacy. But most importantly, we knew that we
would get another chance to bask in Joe’s energy, his kind spirit and his
His loss is deeply felt here.
Joe’s love of the outdoors was part of what brought him to Vancouver. To
him, skiing, hiking and biking were bliss. Little did he know that his pursuit
of the great outdoors would also bring him to Susan Horne. He met Sue
through the friends he made at PLTC, and they quickly fell in love. He
popped the question with a ring containing a family diamond. He was so
nervous before he asked her that you would have thought he was about to
attend a high-risk arbitration before the Labour Relations Board. Despite all
his teasing of Sue, Joe knew that he had found the perfect match: a woman
who could love him, keep him grounded and be his equal, whether on a
bike, in a canoe, on skis or at the bar.