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VOL. 77 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2019
country’s squad is eliminated by a small African, European or South American
country that was until then unknown to him.
For over two decades Steve has played competitive men’s soccer for the
Rented Mules in the “nearly dead, and not going anywhere fast” age category.
The name Rented Mules of course speaks volumes of the team’s skill
level. Generally the games unfold as such: show up, anticipate great things
on the pitch, get beaten like a rented mule and then go to the pub for postgame
analysis. Next week, repeat. The team’s slogan is: “The Rented Mules:
the beautiful game played ugly.”
Despite the team’s stellar lineup and predictable win/loss record, Steve,
as he did with his associates and partners at Pushor Mitchell, would always
have encouraging words for his teammates, no matter how badly the game
was progressing. He has been heard to exclaim how excellent it was that
they managed to complete six passes in a row. Of course, he left out commenting
on the seventh pass, which went to the opposing team’s striker at
the top of the 18, who promptly put the ball into the Mules’ net. It was the
six good passes that were important!
One memorable season saw the team play seven games without scoring.
In the eighth game, just prior to halftime, to everyone’s surprise (including
the opposing team) they scored. In the course of the halftime speech to
rally the team, Steve suggested that they not get back on the pitch for the
second half but instead head to the pub immediately to celebrate. Sadly, his
advice was ignored, and the Mules played the second half, which resulted
in the inevitable loss.
To be fair to His Lordship, he was, and continues to be, notwithstanding
bad knees and a sore back, one of the bright lights on the team. He has a
shot from set pieces that routinely fools the opposite team’s keeper after
curling over “the wall” into the back of the net. Comparisons to David Beckham
While Steve was busy building his practice, he and Lesley raised their
three boys and Lesley started her own very successful design and renovation
firm. Her firm has designed and renovated numerous residences and
designed and built houses from the ground up. Her most recent project was
designing and constructing their own residence, just a few blocks from the
Kelowna Courthouse. At home, Steve and Lesley are usually hosting family
and friends. They are now proud grandparents and enjoy spending their
time with their family and travelling.
In 2015 Steve was appointed as a master of the Supreme Court. His
appointment was enthusiastically welcomed by the Okanagan Valley bar.
As a master he was a patient, fair and knowledgeable jurist. These qualities
will continue to serve him well as one of the court’s newest justices.