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of the province were well served by Gerry’s moral compass and his tireless
Gerry appeared as counsel for the board at all levels of court in British
Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada on multiple occasions. He
appeared before various administrative tribunals including the Labour Relations
Board and the Human Rights Tribunal. Gerry also represented the board
at coroner’s inquests into the tragic deaths of workers killed in the course of
their employment, with a view to preventing similar tragedies in the future.
Gerry was appointed associate general counsel for the board in 1995 and
acted in that capacity until his retirement in 2014. Gerry also took on the
role of acting general counsel when needed.
Gerry acted as principal for many articling students who passed through
the legal department of the board. His door was always open, and he was a
wonderful mentor to junior lawyers. Gerry was a course instructor and the
author of various training courses for new employees of the board in claims,
assessments and prevention. Gerry was the go-to person in the legal department
when employees needed work-related advice. Gerry was so popular
that comment was made to the effect that the carpet to his office was worn
out by the parade of those seeking his help and advice.
Gerry was always jocular and in a permanent good mood. He had a special
magic of being able to see the humour in just about anything. His upbeat
view of life was contagious, as was his permanent smile. He could instantly
put a person at ease and inspire confidence, a skill which was essential when
guiding witnesses through difficult and emotional testimony.
Gerry was the key to the camaraderie that existed in the board’s legal
department. He encouraged the lawyers to share coffee daily. Although
centered on work, coffee breaks were sometimes like an episode of Friends
or Seinfeld. Gerry ensured the lawyers worked in teams, sharing both ideas
and the work load. He always led by example.
Through much of Gerry’s career at the board he was an accomplished jogger
and, on occasion, a marathon runner. Twelve months of the year, rain
or shine, Gerry could be seen running along the Richmond dykes wearing
only running shorts and shoes. He became a legend when, on one occasion
during a snow storm, he returned to the building with a small pile of snow
on each of his bare shoulders. That legend persists to this day.
In 1981 Gerry and Wendy chose Savary Island for their summer retreat.
In 1995 he became a director of the Savary Island Improvement District.
When the Savary Island Committee was formed in 1996 he was elected,
became a mainstay while in office and continued to be an éminence grise
thereafter. He was admired and respected by all.