THE ADVOCATE 903
VOL. 77 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2019
Following his death, members of the bar communicated hundreds of
expressions of condolence, affection and loss for this grand spirit of our profession.
Our collective loss was perhaps best provided by the words of a
child. His granddaughter Sarah said: “I love grandpa’s hug because he
makes you feel warm and loved.” James D. Baker, Q.C., made you feel that
We all will miss Jim a long time. His legend is a comfort.
W. Martin Finch, Q.C.
Craig Sturrock, Q.C.
It is only fitting that Craig Currie Sturrock, Q.C., be
remembered in a B.C.-based publication entitled the
Advocate, as he was the epitome of a B.C.-based advocate
in the finest tradition of our profession.
He loved being a lawyer. I cannot imagine him in
any other profession. It fit his feisty temperament,
single-minded dedication to the task and his intellectual
capabilities. It also fit his work ethic which, in a profession renowned
for hard work, was extraordinary—right to the end of his life. The law was
in his blood.
I retired several years before Craig passed away, and he often asked me
about retirement: How did I transition my clients to other lawyers? What did
I do with my time? Where did I get my intellectual and social satisfaction?
After several of these discussions involving his same questions and my same
answers, I soon realized that the discussion was entirely hypothetical. While
in his own mind he was toying with the notion of retirement, it became clear
to me that he could no sooner stop practising law than stop breathing. On the
same day we would discuss passing files on to younger lawyers, if a new file
came in with an interesting legal issue or involving a client who had suffered
an injustice, he would readily accept it with enthusiasm.
I do not know what aspect of his upbringing engendered his love of the law,
but I believe his early life had much to do with the way he went about the