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individuals who had been assisted by Doug through their recovery process,
a Court of Appeal justice and a former provincial premier.
Doug gave of himself freely and honestly. He was open about his own
struggles on the path to recovery and taught through truth and example. It
is difficult to overstate the influence Doug had on the lives of others,
whether members of the recovery community, the LBGTQ community, his
work colleagues or his many friends and family. Doug will be deeply
missed, and never forgotten.
The Honourable Justice Karen Horsman
Maurice Copithorne, Q.C.
Maurice Copithorne, lawyer, diplomat, educator and
humanitarian, passed away on February 14, 2019.
Born in 1931, a product of Kerrisdale and UBC, Maurice
Copithorne left Vancouver after he was called to
the bar and joined the Canadian Foreign Service in
Ottawa. Some 30 years later, having served as legal
advisor to the Department of Foreign Affairs from
1975 to 1979 and as a diplomat in Canadian embassies around the world
(including as ambassador to Austria and to the United Nations agencies in
Vienna and as Canadian commissioner to Hong Kong), Maurice and his
wife Tama returned to Vancouver and he spent the next 30 years immersed
in the legal, academic and cultural life of the city.
In graduating from the UBC Faculty of Law and then going on to a career
in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Maurice was one of a generation of
distinguished UBC Law alumni who did the same thing and who all held
positions of esteem in Canada’s Foreign Service: Allan Beesley, Ted Lee,
Terry Bacon, David Miller, Barry Mawhinney and of course Maurice.
As legal advisor Maurice continued in a position that many with independent
views and strong wills had held and continue to hold. Maurice was
no exception. He had firm views but at the same time was liked and
respected by those he worked with, leading one person to say that Maurice