598 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 4 JULY 2019
Russ spent a lot of time in Kelowna. He grew up in the Okanagan and he
loved to take his family there. His children have fond memories of begging
him to tell one of his special “Ogopogo stories”. In each version of these stories
certain aspects remained constant: Ogopogo would always be a benevolent
creature that would battle with his evil brother, Olajuwon (named
after Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, one of Cindy’s favourite basketball
players). Russ’s children would wait with bated breath while he told them
how Okanagan Lake would bubble and boil, and Olajuwon would burst
through the surf in a storm of fire and brimstone, only to be defeated by
Ogopogo. Russ’s children would howl with laughter at the absurd stories,
and this made the drive to Kelowna considerably more enjoyable and memorable
for all four children.
Another Russ quirk that his children became well accustomed to was his
love of singing, even though he couldn’t carry a tune! “A Bicycle Built for
Two”, “Rye Whiskey” and “Goodnight Irene” were some of his favourites.
There will not be a day that goes by that his family will not miss his
J. Douglas Eastwood, Q.C.
The sudden passing of J. Douglas Eastwood, Q.C.,
was a great shock to all who knew him. Doug’s vitality,
superior wit, sense of humour and generosity of
spirit were his core defining features. The manner of
Doug’s passing says much about the man himself—
he died of sudden heart attack (at the age of 54) close
to the finish line of the 10 kilometre Vancouver Sun
Run, surrounded as always by friends and supporters.
Doug grew up in Ottawa with his sisters Janet and Ellen and his late parents,
John Eastwood and Victoria Eastwood-Milne. His leadership and
charisma were fully on display from an early age, as was his tremendous
intellect. Such was Doug’s popularity in high school that his fellow students
burst into spontaneous applause when Doug’s name was called at the grad-