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gether. Over his career he acted for a number of insurance companies and
municipalities in large, multiparty construction and negligence files. He
undertook complex realization, workout and bankruptcy files, as well as
shareholder and other corporate litigation files.
Steve quickly developed a reputation for being a skilled, knowledgeable,
fair and tenacious lawyer. He was the “go-to guy” for associates and partners
at the firm regarding practice tips, ethical issues and the business of
law. Steve was also a sought-after mentor by the firm’s junior lawyers and
was always ready with a calm word and sage advice to temper their anxiety
regarding a problem they had assumed was insurmountable. He freely gave
praise to all for their hard work and effort. If a mistake was made, no
swift rebuke was forthcoming. Instead, words of encouragement were
While juggling the rigours of practice and a busy family life (described
below), Steve still found time to give back to the community. For over 14
years he was president of the John Howard Society of the South and Central
Okanagan. Under his guidance the organization constructed two apartment
buildings: Cardington and New Gate. Collectively these projects resulted in
over 75 accommodation units for people at risk of homelessness. He also
was president of the Kelowna Community Resources Society and chair of
the Kelowna Youth Soccer Association.
Steve, Lesley and their three boys, Dylan, Adam and Patrick, enjoyed the
Okanagan lifestyle to its fullest while the boys were growing up. Many summer
days were spent in their pool or at the beaches of Lake Okanagan and
many winter days skiing at their condo at Big White or in a hockey rink.
Although it must be said that His Lordship skis like a Brit: once he’s at the
top of the hill someone points him in the right direction, he closes his eyes
and heads off. Miraculously he usually makes it to the bottom of the hill
with a minimal amount of carnage to himself and his fellow skiers.
Steve’s love of the “real” football (meaning soccer) continued unabated
notwithstanding the move from England to Canada. He spent many years
coaching all three of his boys in youth soccer. He was a sought-after coach
by parents due his knowledge of the game and his encouragement to all of
his players no matter their skill level. He continues to loudly support the
Derby County Football Club, largely oblivious to the fact that no one is listening
or cares. As well, every four years, in mid-June, he travels to whatever
country is hosting the World Cup to watch as many matches as he can
get tickets to. These travels have included Germany, Brazil and Russia, all
while blindly, and vainly, supporting the hope that England will win it all.
Much like a Maple Leafs fan he is consistently disappointed as the mother