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love. He was very close to his mother, Charlotte, and his younger sister,
Heather. He called his family “our little gang”, and together they faced and
fought through tough times. Paul contracted polio in the epidemic that
swept Winnipeg in the early ’50s and spent many months convalescing, an
experience which contributed to his compassion for family and friends
undergoing health crises. He recovered from polio when most did not or
Paul graduated with an arts degree from United College (now the University
of Winnipeg) in 1961. He was asked to deliver the valedictory speech.
Little did he know he was writing the opening chapter of his own story. He
What is the answer to the dilemma of hunger, threat of war, discrimination?
I believe that it lies in you and me, and in our willingness to see ourselves
ready, able and willing to help individuals whom we must not
neglect, but respect because they are individuals. I hope we will not
maintain that the world owes us something, but rather that we owe something
to the world. We must cast out fears and rely on the inner resources
we all possess. We can all do better than we think we can. And with this
extra effort will come a serenity of spirit and a peace within ourselves.
Later in life, Paul would receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from
the University of Winnipeg.
Soon after Paul obtained his undergraduate degree, he and his first wife,
Georgene, packed up the VW Bug and headed west. While moonlighting as
a CBC Radio announcer, Paul attended UBC Law and started a family. He
was called to the B.C. bar in 1965 and in 2015 was awarded a Certificate of
50 Years Practising Law by the Law Society of British Columbia. Paul had a
distinguished legal career in Vancouver and earned, without fail, the gratitude
of his clients, the respect of his opponents and the trust and confidence
of the court.
Paul developed an extensive litigation practice in both civil and criminal
matters and eventually joined the law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP as
legal counsel and partner. He was also an experienced and well-respected
mediator and arbitrator. Paul was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982 and
elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1992. He
held various elected offices in the legal profession, including president of
the CBA and CBABC (the youngest lawyer to do so to date), president of the
Commonwealth Lawyers Association and president of the Canadian section
of the International Commission of Jurists.
Kerry Simmons, Q.C., Executive Director of CBABC, remembers Paul
fondly: “His commitment to public service was inspiring. Long after he
served as CBA president, he continued to mentor the subsequent leaders,