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As a person Ray was very private. As a practitioner he was good-natured,
humorous, shrewd, dedicated and hardworking. He was greatly respected
by all and that was especially so with opposing counsel. He was a mentor
to many aspiring young lawyers.
Kenneth Richard Steidl, Q.C.
Ken grew up in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. He later
attended Regina College and subsequently received
his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan
in 1970. He articled in Regina and then moved to
Cranbrook in 1971, was admitted to the B.C. bar in
1972 and received his Q.C. in 2002. He practised until
he became a non-practising member in January of
Ken was a Kootenay representative on the CBA and for many years a
director of Friends of Fort Steele, which operates an historic site just outside
He is survived by his wife, Muriel, of 53 years, three sons and a daughter
and seven grandchildren. Ken was a loving and caring person.
Ken was a man of many words. He would carry on a conversation with
friends and strangers alike. He loved to tell jokes and was at his best when
doing so. He was a regular attendant at all Kootenay bar functions and
everyone's favourite participant.
During his years at the bar, Ken practised as partners with retired Judge
Don Waurynchuk, retired Justice Tom Melnick, the late Ivor Donald, Don
Niedermayer, Bill Bennett and me. Ken and I practised together for 39
Ken was a very good lawyer. He loved being a lawyer and everything
about the practice of law. He always had time to assist other members of the
Ken will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Gerald J. Kambeitz, Q.C.