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Twenty Club (a monthly meeting of lawyers and judges to share and review
papers on topics of choice) and the Wranglers (a Westside men’s debating
club). In retirement, the quest continued. He was an enthusiastic member
of the Probus Club and the Thackray Group (a small group of fellow legal
retirees who met weekly for a three-hour breakfast at the Shaughnessy Golf
Club to solve the world’s problems).
Michael was a lifelong athlete, playing squash into his 50s, tennis into his
80s and golf into his 90s. He was still playing golf during the summer of
2020, before his death in the fall. His artistic bent found a new and surprising
medium in digital photography. He captured unique photo images that
he manipulated and eventually displayed in gorgeous gallery-quality
Michael lived a good, long life. His greatest loss was his daughter Susan’s
death from cancer in 2009. He was predeceased by his parents and his
younger siblings June (Tony Hetherington) and Terry (Frankie Morton). He
is survived by his loving wife Joyce and his sons Chris (Kym), Geoff (Shannon)
and John (Sarah) and his grandchildren (Luke, Kevin, Brendan,
Jonathan, Andrew, Christina and Jamie) and a slew of relatives in England.
The legal community mourns the loss of this wonderful transplanted Brit
who truly embraced Canada as his homeland and never looked back. We are
all the better for it. Godspeed, my friend.
The Honourable Mary Ellen Boyd
Mike Wolfson died on July 17, 2020, after a fivemonth
battle with brain cancer, at age 40.
Mike and I worked together for two years at the
unique construction law firm McLean & Armstrong
in West Vancouver. This writing is my personal reminiscence
about our friendship.
Mike grew up in Vancouver, the son of Harvey
Wolfson and Cynthia Pinscombe. He graduated from Kitsilano High School.
Mike’s father, Harvey, was also a lawyer who is remembered in the previous
issue of this magazine: (2021) 79 Advocate 98.