THE ADVOCATE 601
VOL. 78 PART 4 JULY 2020
Heather Ferris died on October 29, 2019 at the age of
60. She was a renowned lawyer, lover of dogs, traveller,
home renovator, aunt, wife and generally largerthan
life personality at Lawson Lundell. She leaves
behind her husband Bruce Kennedy, brothers Blake
and Craig (and their wives Claudia and Shelley) and
nieces and nephews Jessica, Jack, Alex and Bronwyn.
Heather was born on February 13, 1959 to parents
Sarah (known to all as “Sylvia”, from Vista, Manitoba) and Boyd Ferris, Q.C.
(from Winnipeg), who met in Winnipeg and moved to Vancouver so Boyd
could finish law school at UBC in 1956.
Heather attended Sir William Osler Elementary School, went on to Eric
Hamber Secondary School and graduated in 1978. During these years, she
made a group of lifelong friends (including Anne Nickerson, Kate Sutcliffe,
Darcy Dagg, Pam Divinsky and many others), all of whom attended her Celebration
of Life Ceremony held at Lawson Lundell on November 23, 2019.
One of those friends was her best friend, Carolyn Stevenson, who travelled
with Heather, lived with Heather at times and was a full member of the Ferris
Heather had a strong will, which exhibited itself as early as grade 7 when
she convinced her mum to write notes to excuse her from physical education
class. Indeed, so persuasive was she that, after grade 7, she never
attended physical education classes again. Heather was not tall—less than
5'2"—and she started wearing spike high heels in high school, perhaps to
keep up physically with the growing strength of her personality.
Heather grew up at 5890 Hudson Street—three blocks east of Granville,
between Kerrisdale and Oakridge—and lived there until she moved out on
her own. She had a very close relationship with her mum and loved her
dearly. When her mum became elderly and ill, Heather took a major role
in looking after her until her death.
Heather enrolled at UBC in 1978. After completing an arts degree in history,
she went to law school at Queen’s for her first year and then transferred
to UBC Law graduating in 1985.
Heather articled at Campney & Murphy. She had her first articling interview
with the firm and accepted a position before she left that morning.
After articles, when it came time to decide whether to ask Heather to stay