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Heather was a voracious reader with a broad reading interest. Craig
relates that you could never mention a good book that she had not read.
Heather was very interested in politics and indeed was a member of the
Young Liberals at university and continued to follow and be involved in politics
throughout her life.
Heather married John Schofield in 1989, and the two remained together
until their divorce in 2001. She met her husband Bruce at Ruby Lake and they
married about 13 years ago. At Heather’s Celebration of Life, she was quoted
as having said that “Bruce rocks my world”—not an easy feat for any mortal!
Heather put her artistic talents to various houses she owned in East Vancouver,
Dunbar, West Vancouver and Lions Bay.
Heather grew up riding horses and she was a great downhill skier. She
loved music and to dance. Her parents recognized this love of dancing and
gave her a jukebox when she was 13, and she kept it throughout her life and
moved it from house to house.
Heather was a woman of significant intellect. She was never shy in
telling those whom she disagreed with (clients, colleagues and opposing
counsel alike) that their position or statement was incorrect or sometimes,
in words all of us will have heard at some stage from her, “incredibly stupid”.
Her treatment of the managing partners at Lawson Lundell was legendary.
She frequently did not agree with them and told them so. That said, her
opinion was valued and respected at Lawson Lundell, as her contributions
inevitably made the firm stronger.
Heather was very tough and determined. In 2017 while in Sicily she experienced
pain in her back and side. Ultimately it was learned that she had
cervical cancer which had spread to other organs in her body. She fought
her illness with strength, dignity and, as anyone who knew her even modestly
would expect, with ferocious determination.
She carried a full caseload of work for the next two years while undergoing
chemotherapy and radiation. She always looked after her clients and
worked up to the week that she passed away. She did not want it generally
known that she was ill, and most of her partners and others at the firm had
no idea she was ill.
How to sum up her life and her contribution to the profession? Heather
was brilliant and passionate about her work and her clients. Adjectives to
describe her are tenacious, fearless, outspoken and principled.
Simply put, Heather was extraordinary. We lost one of our bright lights
who added rich colour and strength to the profession, the insolvency bar,
her firm of Lawson Lundell and her family.
Cliff Proudfoot, Q.C.