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VOL. 78 PART 4 JULY 2020
Helen ruled the kitchen and Ted ruled the barbecue. The table was long, the
seating close and the conversation spirited. Weekend invitations often
included children, and Ted never tired of driving his boat around the lake,
pulling delighted youngsters on water skis.
Even long after many would have given up the car keys, Ted and Helen
would drive to visit their sons Keith (in Spruce Grove) and Brian (in San
Diego). Eldest son David lives in Laos. Gatherings of the whole family at
Shawnigan were precious to Ted. The sudden death in 2010 of his beloved
daughter, Sheila, broke his heart. And it was a generous heart. Countless
times over the years, when close friends or colleagues faced illness, loss or
seemingly insoluble legal worries, Ted was there, offering compassion, support
Ted showed his love for his family, his community and his profession in
his determination to do what is right and in his commitment to speak for
those who needed his powerful voice. We will miss him.
Kathleen Keating and Wendi Mackay
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851 at para 3 (Sask QB).
The Honourable Thomas R. Braidwood, Q.C.
The boy who grew up on the slopes of Burnaby
Mountain and worked during school and university
in his father’s butcher shop on Commercial Drive
may have seemed an unlikely candidate for anything
other than butcher’s assistant—but it was there,
before and during the war years, that young Tom
Braidwood absorbed an understanding of the human
condition with all its colour, foibles and failings that later propelled him to
the top ranks of the bar and bench. During those formative years he developed
an instinctive grasp of the motivating forces of human conduct and an
uncanny ability to distil any human muddle, no matter how apparently
complex, down to the essence and simplicity for which poets strive.