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quently to us about his loyalty, his integrity and his commitment to the
communities of which he was a part.
Gord was an inveterate reader, with an eclectic range of interests that
included politics, history, biography, world affairs, travel and contemporary
fiction. His favourite book was Joyce Cary’s The Horse’s Mouth, in part
because he loved the first paragraph in which no word was longer than two
syllables. He had a particular fascination with Oscar Wilde, and his hope
was to author a book about Wilde’s connections to the world of the law. To
that end, in 2015 he took on the role of bencher-in-residence at UBC, which
facilitated the research he wanted to do. He also took up writing poetry in
his later years.
Gord was a good athlete. His running was almost as impressive as his professional
career. He completed a marathon in 2:49:11, a half-marathon in
1:21:48, and the six-mile James Cunningham Seawall Race in 32:48. He ran
home from work almost every day, often on his arrival reaching for pen and
paper to write down a work issue he had thought through on his run. Later
he took up biking with the same energy and enthusiasm he showed for running.
And he was a great shortstop with “soft hands”. He was also a baseball
fan, of course, and many of our photographs of Gord show him in an Expos
jersey, or at least a ’Spos baseball cap.
Photography was another field in which Gord demonstrated real talent.
Perhaps the best evidence of that is the large and impressive collection of
photographs he took on the CBABC-sponsored trip to China in 1978, a number
of which have graced the walls of his and Ellen’s home for several
decades now. Gord’s excellent recollection of this legendary trip was published
in an earlier edition of this magazine: “So Much for China” (2018) 76 Advocate
189 – Ed.
Gord took to the law from his first day of law school at UBC, and he graduated
as one of the top students in his class. After a clerkship with Chief
Justice Nathan Nemetz, he articled with Shrum, Liddle & Hebenton (now
McCarthy Tétrault), where he spent his first three years of practice. He
then taught for a year at UBC as a visiting assistant professor before serving
for three years as a district registrar (taxing officer) of the Supreme Court of
British Columbia. In 1984 he returned to the practice of law, first with Pollard
Morgan (1984–1987), then with Douglas Symes & Brissenden (1987–
2000) and then, for the remainder of his practising career, with Stikeman
Elliott (2000–2014). The bulk of his work as a lawyer focused on a narrow
but important area: cases dealing with the financial relationships between
lawyers and their clients, disputes over costs and issues relating to the
remuneration of other professionals, including fiduciaries. Over the course