604 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 78 PART 4 JULY 2020
The Honourable Norman Coningsby Marshall
Norman Collingwood, a well-known former judge of
the Provincial Court of B.C., passed away quietly on
June 29, 2019 at Crescent Gardens in Surrey, B.C. He
was predeceased by his wife Dale, his brother Tom,
and his parents Elizabeth and Norman Collingwood,
Norm was one of the most respected and well-liked judges of the Provincial
Court. He was appointed in 1979 and retired in 2003. He was the
Administrative Judge for most of the 1990s. He also sat on a number of circuits
in northern B.C. and Yukon. He especially liked the beauty of Atlin.
Norm was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan on August 14, 1933 and spent
his early childhood in Truax, Saskatchewan with his parents and older
brother Tom. Norm Sr. sold oil products to farmers for the Imperial Oil Company.
Elizabeth was a schoolteacher.
Elizabeth was determined that her two sons would receive a good education,
so she moved with the boys to Regina, where they both started school.
When Norm was midway through grade 8, Elizabeth moved the family to
Vancouver, where Norm attended Templeton Junior High School and Britannia
High School, graduating in 1951.
Norm was a talented pianist and received the highest certificate given by
the Royal Conservatory of Music. He was gifted, but he hated it. Norm
worked and saved his money to help put his older brother Tom through UBC
law school. He worked many jobs, including as a shelf stocker at Safeway,
a longshoreman and at the PNE, where he was soon put in charge of the
When brother Tom graduated from UBC law school, he reciprocated by
putting Norm through law school. Norm graduated in the Class of 1963.
Tom, late of Barbeau, McKercher, Collingwood and Hanna, died over 30
Norm’s undergraduate degree was in biological sciences. His lab partner
was David Suzuki. Somehow Norm ruined a fruit fly experiment that Suzuki
had painstakingly devised, and he had an indelible memory of Suzuki’s
Upon entering the practice of law, Norm went to work in the Vancouver
prosecutor’s office, then headed by Stewart McMorran, later Justice McMorran.