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dent to take over his practice. At his memorial service the people of Port
Hardy turned out in large numbers to honour Paul, a man who had worked
hard at promoting the community while fulfilling its legal needs. As a sign
of respect, the District of Port Hardy flew its flags at half-mast on the day of
his memorial service.
Paul lived a good life of integrity, kindness and honour. He is missed.
Tim Leadem, Q.C.
Gordon Charles Lyall
Gordon Charles Lyall, a member of the B.C. bar for
66 years, died peacefully at home on December 26,
2019 with family by his side.
Gordon was a lucky man, and he reveled in his life
for most of his 91 years. He was born in Edmonton to
English immigrants Charles (Charlie) Lyall and Beatrice
Otto. He had two older sisters, Nora and Eileen.
They lived in a small town called Hughenden on the rail line between
Edmonton and Lloydminster. Charlie had come to Canada in 1920 at a time
when the government offered newcomers some land or $500. Charlie went
to look at land in Grand Prairie and promptly took the 500 bucks. When Gordon
was an infant, Charlie packed up the family and headed for Vancouver.
Some might say that was Gordon’s first stroke of good luck.
Gordon thrived in Vancouver. Every day was sunny when he was a boy,
or at least that’s how he recalled it. At age eight, Gordon began to make a
name for himself. He loved the music of legendary country yodeller Wilf
Carter, and he persuaded his dad to get him a guitar. He then taught himself
how to strum and yodel, just like his singing cowboy hero. He became so
good that he was soon playing shows at the Kitsilano Showboat and the
Orpheum Theatre. Dubbed “Vancouver’s Singing Kid”, his celebrity was
such that he played before an audience of thousands at the Calgary Stampede.
Eventually, as Gordon grew, his voice broke and he shelved his act,
never to sing or play the guitar again by all accounts. Gordon did not do a