THE ADVOCATE 755
VOL. 78 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2020
By R.C. Tino Bella
Rudolph (“Rudy”) Morelli, Q.C.
The passing of Rudy Morelli, Q.C., was felt not just
by our local bar, but also by the broader Kamloops
community. I still recall when I was articling and
was invited by Rudy to lunch thinking I’d be quickly
back to work. That was wrong. It took roughly half an
hour to walk one block on Victoria Street from the
office to the restaurant. Every second person we
encountered wanted to chat with him. His popularity, bordering on adulation,
was the result of how he dealt with people: always with grace and
Rudy was born in Kamloops on September 15, 1933, the only child of his
immigrant parents Peter and Mary Morelli. The family lived above and ran
the Morelli grocery store on Victoria Street. Especially during the Depression,
Peter and Mary were known for their kindness and compassion in
extending credit, and probably forgiving a lot of debts, in providing groceries
to the Kamloops citizenry.
Rudy graduated from Kamloops High School in 1951 and then went on to
UBC, graduating from UBC Law in 1958. He articled at what was then Davis
& Co. (now DLA Piper) and then returned to Kamloops following articles to
join one of Kamloops’s oldest firms, then called Millward, Robinson and Fetterly.
Since the mid-1980s, the firm has proudly borne his name, Morelli
Rudy was proud to be a true local. If he was home, he attended virtually
every Kamloops Blazers game, and he was hoping to see another Memorial
Cup run this year.
Rudy’s contributions to the community included being an active member
of the Kamloops Rotary Club (serving as its secretary), past-president of the