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Marcus met Alexina King in 1958 on the Isle of Wight at the annual summer
school of the Union of Catholic Students of Great Britain, a meeting
that led to their marriage in August 1962 at Alexina’s family home in London.
Their honeymoon voyage was a one-way sailing to Vancouver, where
they began a lifelong engagement with Canada, one that started and finished
on the country’s Pacific coast.
Marcus became a member of the British Columbia bar. He had joined
Campney, Owen and Murphy in Vancouver in 1959 and was seconded by
them to work for the Canadian Royal Commission on Taxation in Ottawa
from 1963 to 1964. It was in Ottawa that the first of his four children,
Ambrose, was born. A few months later, the family spent a winter in Dawson
Creek, where Marcus worked for a small firm, Gibb and Giroday. In
1965, the family returned to London. His son Austin was born soon after.
Marcus qualified as a solicitor and accepted a job with the Distillers Company.
The family set up house in Ealing, in the west of London, which is
where his daughter Sophia and son Thomas were born.
In 1972 Marcus took a job with ITT Europe, which brought the family to
Brussels, Belgium. In 1976 Marcus became general counsel of ITT Canada
in Toronto, where he established and ran ITT Canada’s legal department.
The family became Canadian citizens not long before Marcus returned to
Brussels as general counsel to ITT Europe in 1981. In 1983 the family moved
again, back to London, where Marcus served as general counsel of the BOC
Group until his retirement in 1992. In retirement, Marcus remained intellectually
and professionally active. He led a project for the UK Department
for Overseas Development in Tanzania, training government lawyers in the
legal consequences of the transition to a market economy.
Marcus and Alexina then moved to Guernsey, discovering with pleasure
its unique ecosystem and history. They took extended trips to visit with
family in Australia and the United States, and for a year they lived in Dubai.
In 2012 they once again became residents of Canada, settling in Victoria,
and making their holiday apartment in James Bay their permanent home.
Marcus was a longstanding member of the Union Club in Victoria, where
he leaves many friends. He met regularly with the coffee club and enjoyed
the lively discussions at meetings of the Canadian International Club. He
worked tirelessly with the strata council of his condo building, sharing a
lifetime’s professional experience and his innate good sense and good
humour to help resolve complicated issues.
Marcus delighted in books, music, film, travel, good food and the company
of family and friends. He was generous and kind, a first-rate lawyer,
clear-thinking, charitable and always willing to listen and advise. He loved