736 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
Jack was a wonderful gentleman, advocate, mentor, friend, husband,
father and grandfather. His name will continue to be invoked both as shorthand
for the high standards he embodied and because to do so makes the
many who were so fond of him smile.
Ludmila B. Herbst, Q.C.
Robert Lindsay Richey
Robert Lindsay Richey passed away suddenly on
March 30, 2018 at the age of 63. He is survived by
Shelley Richey, his spouse of nearly 40 years, and his
two children, Kristopher and Rebecca.
Rob was born in El Paso, Texas and was the
youngest of six brothers. He was very proud of his
parents. His father, Harold, graduated from West
Point and his mother Jean went to Stanford. Harold pursued his first career
in the U.S. military; then, for a time in the Second World War, he served as
U.S. ambassador to Canada in Ottawa. The experience of living in Canada,
and the opportunity to raise a family here, was so attractive to the Richeys
that they immigrated to Victoria in 1963. Once here, Rob attended Royal
Oak Junior High and Claremont Secondary School, where he excelled in
At the age of 18, Rob enrolled at UBC where he obtained a degree in psychology
in 1977. After literally living off the land in New Zealand for three
months with his brother Mike, Rob took jobs at the U.S. Customs and Immigration
facilities in Point Roberts, Washington and Victoria, B.C. It was during
these postgraduate experiences that Rob met Shelley. It was such a
passionate and impetuous start that the two eloped on October 27, 1978.
They would have celebrated their 40th anniversary later this year.
Things cooled off long enough for Rob to gain acceptance to the UVic law
school in 1979. He continued to work part-time with U.S. Customs during
law school. This combined experience became of great value to Rob, as he
was able to master a dead-eyed, suspicious mien that left witnesses clammy
handed and doubtful of their own truthfulness. Perhaps a greater accom-