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I had the good fortune to have Don as my principal when I articled with
his firm in 1965. I subsequently became one of his partners for the better
part of ten years and learned a lot of law from him, as well as how to conduct
oneself (bun throwing notwithstanding). Don’s accomplishments were
many and are really only touched on in this article. He brought absolute
dedication to everything he did. Although it might sound like he was
obsessed with work, he enjoyed all aspects of his life. An appropriate epitaph
for Donald Robert Andrews would be: “A life well lived.”
My sincere thanks to Patricia, Don’s wife, for helping me with this missive
and more importantly for providing such loving care and support to
Don during his period of illness.
Jack Giles, Q.C.
The incomparable Jack Giles, Q.C., died on March 27,
2018. Memories of Jack will, however, always live on.
Jack was born on February 6, 1936 in Vancouver.
With his parents, Hal (who served overseas in the
Canadian Armed Forces) and Alice (better known as
Fruit, derived from her maiden name, Frewen), he
lived for spells in Ireland, England, Toronto and
Kingston. In the course of his travels Jack acquired an accent that Beverley
McLachlin once characterized as being “somewhere halfway between London
and Vancouver”. He attended grammar school at Our Lady of Bower, a
Catholic convent near Naas in Ireland, and later attended Ampleforth Public
School in Yorkshire. He claimed he had never learned to swim because
of a childhood spent behind mined shorelines during World War II. With
great determination to nonetheless enjoy the water later in life, he was seen
over the years in our local lakes and ocean sporting various lifejackets and
other flotation devices.
Jack came back to Vancouver to study at UBC, where he obtained his
bachelor of commerce degree in 1956 and then went to law school. He was
already well known at that time for his wit. During a bout in student politics
he suggested that what one Faculty of Arts representative, of conservative