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Kamloops Gyro Club and a respected member of Colombo Lodge. He was
one of the founders and a longtime director of NL Broadcasting, Kamloops’s
community-based radio station. He sat on many local campaign boards,
including the United Way and Thompson Rivers University’s library campaign,
and was an active supporter of TRU’s law school.
His history of excellence and his contributions to the community and to
the legal profession led to his well-deserved appointment as Queen’s Counsel
During university Rudy met Rae. They married in 1958 and were inseparable
until she passed away in 2010. It seems hard to imagine in hindsight
how someone so active in the community could also be a devoted and
active family man, but of that there was no doubt. Rudy delighted in travelling
with Rae, and later with his daughters. But he was happiest when the
family (his son Douglas, who sadly died too young at age 35, and his beloved
daughters Susan and Trish, their husbands Blake and Todd, and his grandsons
Mitchell, Spencer and Trevor) gathered at the family cabin at Shuswap.
Rudy was a Renaissance man. He loved music, especially Italian-
American singers like Tony Bennett. In high school he played the saxophone
and violin, and he continued his violin playing, at times performing
at law firm parties. He was also an excellent athlete, playing baseball and
lacrosse. During recreational slow pitch games (he played on the firm’s
team into this century, so into his 70s), the opposition would often be surprised
when a base runner challenged his arm and got thrown out. He was
also an enthusiastic golfer and was teasingly described as having a “unique”
relationship with the game, always vowing after a round that he would
make a comeback.
Rudy was the firm’s senior solicitor for decades, until his retirement. In
the profession he was known for his competence, but most importantly for
his collegiality. He would not, to use Canons of Ethics language, take paltry
advantage of an opponent’s mistake. He was constantly sought out for
advice by younger members of the Kamloops bar. A significant portion of
his clientele were Italian immigrant friends of his parents, who got treated
by him as if they were multi-millionaire business executives.
His daughters wrote an obituary that really captured Rudy’s essence and
why so many of us will miss him but smile when we remember him. They
It is with profound sadness, but with much gratitude for a life well lived,
that we announce the passing of our dad, Rudy, on May 1, 2020. Rudy
passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family.
Although Rudy endured a few challenges over the last nine months while
living with brain cancer, he never lost his sense of humour and faced