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for it. As the advice given at cocktail parties is usually given “while under
the influence of alcohol or a drug”, the chance of giving incomplete and
even incorrect advice is quite high. This is especially so if the questioner
is a particularly attractive member of the opposite sex.
I have found the following scenario to be the most effective: “What do you
charge?” “I charge $300.00 for two questions, what is your second
Gerald J. Lecovin
I am, from time to time, stopped by fellow lawyers and others who say,
“We never read anything from you in the Advocate anymore!” This letter
is by way of rectifying that situation.
Gerald J. Lecovin, Q.C.
The other omission from Jerry’s auto-obituary is his public service. It
mentions the eight years he spent as a bencher of the Law Society, but it
does not mention the presidencies and chairmanships that he fulfilled in
the community at large: B.C. Epilepsy Society, B.C. Neurological Society,
Hamber Foundation, Sunflower Crisis Centre, Jewish Family Service
Agency, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and Interlock
Employee Assistance Society of B.C. Nor does it mention the directorships
that he had: Mediation Development Association of B.C., Vancouver Association
for Retarded Children, Vancouver Jewish Community Centre, Jewish
Festival of the Arts Society, Richmond Society for Community Living,
Performing Arts Lodge and Western Gold Theatre.
Nor is there any mention of the walking group that, no doubt, he founded
and kept alive for many years. But the real omissions are two songs that he
wrote and performed. At the extravaganza celebrating the retirement of the
late Chief Justice Nathan Nemetz, Jerry performed “Good Old Reliable
Nathan” and at the same time s.m.a.l.l. emerged from the pages of this magazine
to present the honouree with a step stool.
But Jerry’s shining achievement, his magnum opus, was his great song
“If I Were a Q.C.”, which literally stopped the show when it was performed
before an audience of a thousand or more in the quadrangle at Simon Fraser
University for the Canadian Bar Association’s annual convention in 1972.
Jerry was a warm, delightful and charming companion and, as you can
tell, a many-sided man. He will be missed by his many friends as well as his
Hamish Cameron, Q.C.