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Drossos and Steve Coutts (court reporter), all of whom were better golfers
than he was, so he got the most abuse, but he would just smile and sneak
off during the week to practice.
Always the consummate academic, after retiring from the Supreme
Court, Warren went back to university to complete his arts degree in English
with honours (2011).
Steve Coutts recalls having reported for every Supreme Court justice
since 1966 and maintains that Warren had one of the best judicial minds.
One day, at the beginning of his time on the bench, going into Steve’s office
Warren said, “The government gave me this laptop. How do I turn the damn
thing on?” He then showed Steve two manuals about four inches thick each,
one for WordPerfect and one for the laptop. The next morning he arrived in
Steve’s office with a 25-page judgment he had printed and basically said he
read the two manuals and figured it out overnight!
Steve knew of only one justice who had as sharp a mind as Warren had
for grasping the facts and the law of a case: Justice Craig Munroe. They both
had the ability to sit on a two-week trial, hear submissions and then give
judgment fron the bench, hardly ever looking at their bench book for some
Ken Arkell (retired justice of the B.C. Supreme Court) met Warren in law
school but got to know more about who he really was when he joined the
bench. They spent more time together after they had both retired from the
bench and moved to the golf course. Scores did not matter. They were two
under or three under, which indicated how many balls were under water.
When golf came to an end due to age and illness, they continued to meet
weekly for lunch.
Warren left two sons, Justin (Chris) and Craig, from his first marriage.
The Kelowna Daily Courier obituary referred to his “ever-patient wife Jane.”
Jane met Warren in 1972 and patiently waited until they married in 1983.
The two of them did everything together; they were soulmates until his
passing. He will be truly missed but never forgotten by those who worked
with him at various stages throughout his life.
David Pihl Q.C., Ken Arkell (retired justice of the B.C. Supreme Court)
and Steve Coutts (Official Court Reporter)