THE ADVOCATE 83
VOL. 77 PART 1 JANUARY 2019
By R.C. Tino Bella
Gerald Massing passed away too soon, on Monday,
September 10, 2018, at St. John Hospice as a result of
pancreatic cancer. His family, friends and the profession
lost a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle,
friend, colleague and mentor. Gerry committed his
life wholly to the service of his family, his friends,
the legal profession and his community.
Gerry was born on December 18, 1950 in Ponoka, Alberta, where his family
had homesteaded in 1907. His first love was his bicycle, which provided
him freedom to stretch his imagination as he explored the countryside.
Gerry attended several schools in Lloydminster before his family moved to
the Kelowna area. He graduated from Rutland Senior Secondary School and
proceeded to UBC in 1969. While working towards an honours degree in
English, he met his future wife, Wendy. They were married in 1974.
Gerry went on to study law at UBC, despite the fact that he had not
obtained his B.A. Gerry was one of those rare law school entrants who were
admitted to law school without an undergraduate degree, thanks to outstanding
grades. This made him something of a unicorn. Gerry “finally” obtained
his first and only university degree, his LL.B., in 1975. Gerry articled with the
legal department of the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia.
After his call to the bar, he was kept on at the board and practised continuously
as an integral part of the legal department for 38 years.
Gerry worked primarily as a litigator. His practice involved labour relations,
administrative law and judicial review, creditors’ remedies, bankruptcy,
plaintiffs’ subrogated personal injury claims, human rights and, of
course, all aspects of workers’ compensation law. Gerry was dedicated to
ensuring occupational health in the workplace. The workers and employers