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By R.C. Tino Bella
Donald Robert Andrews
Donald Robert Andrews was born in 1925 in Rossland
and died in Kamloops, just shy of his 92nd birthday.
Predeceased by his first wife, Muriel, in 1997, Don is
survived by his wife, Patricia, his three children,
nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Don graduated from high school in Creston in 1943
and almost immediately joined the army. Don
served in Canada, having been slated to go overseas when the war ended in
Fortunately, the federal government instituted a program to aid veterans
to attend university. Don took advantage of this assistance and enrolled at
UBC, and he made it clear in later years that he would not have been able
to go otherwise. In addition, UBC had an accelerated program for veterans,
which enabled Don to graduate from UBC Law in 1950.
Don commenced articles in Vancouver but, sensing that the big city was
not for him, he headed to Kamloops and in 1951 was called to the bar and
commenced practice. He went into partnership with Russ Kennedy, who
subsequently was appointed to the County Court in Prince George. Over the
next ten years Don built a solid practice and a law firm known as Andrews,
Taylor & Co.
In the early 1960s three sawmill owners in the Kamloops region had a
vision to build a pulp mill. Don was retained by these adventurous entrepreneurs
and he stickhandled the project all the way to fruition. It was
known as Kamloops Pulp & Paper. A few years later it was purchased by
Weyerhaeuser and again Don was right in the middle of the transaction.
Those were very large transactions and it gives you an idea of the great talent
he had as a lawyer.