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engagement parties, wedding celebrations, Passover dinners and birthday
parties. I was equally invited along with my children. Neil’s nieces and
nephews recall at many of these gatherings being summoned to Neil’s office
where he attempted to gift them with his worldly belongings such as paper
clips, pens, pencils and erasers. To their children in turn, Neil provided many
envelopes filled with arbitrary articles to read, more writing instruments,
stamps or random bits and bobs, predictably, at every family gathering.
Neil and Donna travelled to all seven continents. Highlights were trips to
South America, Antarctica, Iceland, Great Britain, Australia, Southeast Asia
Neil is fondly remembered by lawyers at Varty & Company, by his wife
Donna, by sisters Joan and Marilyn, by his brother Jack, by his nieces and
nephews and by their children.
Selwyn Russell Chamberlain, Q.C.
“Russ Chamberlain is my lawyer, I have nothing to
say,” a phrase that many who dealt with Russ (or listened
to his after-hours voicemail) have heard over
the years. Some may also be able to picture Russ sitting
behind his large wooden and leather desk, sporting
his white running shoes, white socks, athletic
shorts and polo shirt, behind him a wall marked
entirely by pictures of his children from grades 1 to 12, in the centre of all
the photos a picture of his beloved wife, Cindy.
On Saturday mornings he could undoubtedly be found counselling his
clients. Some may vividly remember the following conversation he would
frequently have with his clients across his desk, roleplaying what they
should do if taken into custody by the police:
Russ acting as the police: What is your name?
Client: states name
Russ: slams table NO, your answer is “Russ Chamberlain is my lawyer, I
have nothing to say.” AGAIN!