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Don wasn’t all business, and he enjoyed a good party. He had what one
might describe as a devilish sense of humour. I recall a Kamloops Bar Association
dinner around 1970. This was an era when bar dinners were somewhat
of a contact sport. The Honourable Thomas Dohm from Vancouver had
just been appointed a justice of the B.C. Supreme Court, and the dinner had
been organized to welcome him on his first official visit to Kamloops. As Mr.
Justice Dohm started to address the gathering he was hit in the chest with a
dinner roll thrown by one Donald Andrews. Fortunately Tommy Dohm had
a great sense of humour and he laughed along with the rest of us.
Don’s practice continued to flourish through the ’70s but in 1980 Don was
persuaded to accept an appointment as a County Court judge for the County
of Yale to sit in Kamloops. In those days (prior to the merger with the
Supreme Court in 1990), a County Court judge heard limited civil and criminal
trials and also performed all the duties now carried out by a Supreme
Court master. As might be expected, Don was a very good judge, but after a
year or so he came to the conclusion that he would be happier back in the
business world. So in 1982 Don received an “offer he couldn’t refuse”. Ironically
it was Weyerhaeuser making the offer to become vice president of
legal affairs and corporate secretary for Weyerhaeuser Canada. It was a perfect
fit for Don and he loved the job, which he kept until his retirement in
During all the years since 1951 until the last couple of years of his life,
Don was very involved with community endeavours. He was on the board
of Royal Inland Hospital for 23 years (eight as chair) and in 1977 was
awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal for his service. In the
1970s he was also on the board of the Business Development Bank of
Canada (then known as the Federal Business Development Bank).
He was a great supporter and contributor to what began as Cariboo College
in Kamloops (now Thompson Rivers University). He was very much
involved in a campaign which raised $3 million for the library collections.
He received an honorary doctorate of letters in 2003 for his contributions to
TRU, but this was not the end of his contributions to TRU. Almost a decade
later Don was integral to the successful launch of the TRU Faculty of Law.
In addition, Don was a faithful member of Rotary for 46 years.
Just as you might wonder how he fit all these things into his life, you
should know that he also had a 20-acre hobby farm (known as Drapple
Farm) on the South Thompson River where he lived. Don worked tirelessly
growing apples, vegetables, hay, etc., and raising animals. Don had a lovely
house at Drapple Farm and it was the site of many parties, dinners and
other social events. The Andrews were always very generous and sociable.