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VOL. 78 PART 2 MARCH 2020
career or income. Not many people move from the oil rigs to landscape
architecture to law to stone sculpture to governance.
We have lost a beautiful mind.
Moura Quayle (with help from Rick Peck, Q.C., and Kirk LaPointe)
Norman Callegaro, known as Norm to his friends and
colleagues, was born in New Westminster in 1947.
He grew up in Burnaby, attended SFU where he
obtained an undergraduate degree in philosophy,
and graduated from UVic Law in 1980. It was at UVic
that Norm had the charm, intelligence and overall
good fortune to meet his future wife, Brenda, who
would later become the Honourable Madam Justice Brown. Norm articled
in Prince Rupert at Clendenning Johnston Hunter and Punnett and then
returned to Vancouver, where he practised criminal defence exclusively
until he joined the Justice Centre as a justice of the peace in 2005.
Norm had an affinity for Volkswagen Beetles. He owned three of them
over the years. He drove one of them up to Prince Rupert for his articles.
Norm had attached a wooden rocking chair to the top. The chair made it all
the way north before it was reduced to kindling after Norm pulled into a
parking space on his first day of articles failing to notice the height restriction.
His last Beetle, the convertible, had most of its upholstery eaten by his
epileptic Boxer. Norm took both events in his usual stride.
His unflappability was part of his ingenuousness as a lawyer. He was an
incredible tactician, highly intelligent, always thinking outside the box. He
had iron mettle, rarely lost his temper and was often successful at whatever
he put his mind to. In another time and place and under different circumstances,
Norm might have been the general of an army except that he would
have been unable to send anyone to war. That fact, combined with his