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every day with positivity and determination. Right up to his last day, he
was far more concerned about the well-being of others than of himself.
A true gentleman, Rudy always found the best in those he met. A role
model in many ways, he guided others through the values he lived by: kindness,
integrity and generosity.
The Honourable Warren Wilkinson
Robert McDiarmid, Q.C.
On April 5, 2020, Warren Wilkinson (retired Justice
Wilkinson) left us. He was born Christmas Day 1933
in Prince Rupert. His early years were spent in the
northern regions of the province between Prince
George and Prince Rupert as his father, a section line
foreman for the CNR, was transferred from station to
station along the northern rail routes. He completed
grades 1 through 9 in Pacific, B.C. on the north side of the Skeena River,
accessible only by rail. Grades 12 and 13 were completed in Prince Rupert.
One of his classmates was Iona Campagnola—née Hardy, the 27th Lieutenant
Governor of B.C.
During his grade 12 year, he was one of 50 students from across Canada
chosen to travel on a boys’ tour to Great Britain. He was required to provide
a written submission as to why he should be a successful candidate. Since
Warren was never known to waste words—“Why use two when one is
enough?”—one can only imagine what select few words he used to convince
the committee members.
After high school, Warren remained in the north, working for Columbia
Cellulose as a choker, before recognizing a better life was waiting through
education. He entered UBC Law in 1957, graduating with the class of 1960,
and articled with Cowan, Twining & Collins. (F. Kaye Collins of that firm
would become a justice of the B.C Supreme Court).
Law school classes were smaller in the days that Warren attended, but
even then, one could get lost in the small class if you did not speak up.