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bell. Here was this super busy criminal defence lawyer who seemed to have
all the files. I immediately wanted to know more about this man. Over the
past seven years, I had the honour to do so by having an office directly
Like everyone who was fortunate enough to know him, I can say I was
extremely lucky to have met Don. He was an enthusiastic mentor to me and
to a great number of law students and young lawyers in the growing legal
community in Kamloops, including some through formal arrangements set
up by the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law, where he also served
as a moot judge on a number of occasions.
Don was an especially patient and supportive guide. Whenever I sought
his guidance, he never failed to offer sage advice. It usually boiled down to
this: “You are not expected to save the whole world. Your job—our job—is to
do our best and to help people who are going through one of the worst times
of their lives. Don’t sweat the small stuff. We have to work hard, but we still
have to live life and remember that the most important things in life aren’t
things, but people: friends and family.” I take that message to heart, and I
will think of Don often, in both good times and bad times.
Members of the Kamloops (and Interior) legal community showed up in
throngs to support his family and friends at his service, which was held at
the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and Parish. The hundreds of attendees
included a number of judges, Crown counsel, court staff, deputy sheriffs,
members of the defence bar and many of his clients. It was an
incredible testament both to the degree of respect he had earned from his
peers over the course of his career and to the numbers of lives he touched.
We will all miss Don’s exuberant presence at the Kamloops courthouse.
But we can take comfort in knowing that he is now looking down on us with
his winning smile and endless positive energy.
Goodbye for now, good friend. Keep it groovy!