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the claimant shared how he and his family could now move forward in their
lives. Larry described a trial with safety, where healing, reconciliation and
sacred work happened.
Larry learned in July 2019 that he had pancreatic cancer. This was
shortly after he found out that his daughter Robyn was expecting. Larry
died on February 5, 2020, one day after Robyn gave birth to his first grandchild.
Jodi has now been accepted to the University of Manitoba law school.
Larry is survived by Sheryl, his love of 43 years, Robyn (Matt), Jodi, and
Professor Emeritus J.C. Smith was a distinguished
and long-time member of the University of British
Columbia Faculty of Law (now the Allard School of
J.C. was born on June 27, 1930 in Cardston,
Alberta, where his father owned a small grocery
store. He got an early start on his lifelong work ethic
when he began delivering groceries for the family store at a young age. Like
the majority of the population in Cardston, J.C. and his family were members
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“LDS”). J.C. (Joseph
Carman) was named after LDS Prophet Joseph Smith; this was apparently
a difficult name to live with in Cardston, where other kids teased him and
called him “prophet”. J.C.’s family moved to B.C. around the time he graduated
from high school in 1948. He then attended UBC and Brigham Young
University, where he obtained his B.A. in 1953. He worked as a teacher for
three years, from 1954 to 1957.
J.C. met Lois Maxwell in April 1955 when she was visiting Vancouver on
holiday from her work teaching nursing in Edmonton. They were engaged
two weeks later and married in August that same year. Their whirlwind
romance was the start of a lifelong love affair and partnership. J.C. always
said that Lois was the one who convinced him to go to law school, and so he