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Keith has never been allowed to forget this moment. Thankfully, the
detective went ahead and answered the silent phone and carried on regardless.
So did Keith. The play was a great success.
The last three decades of Keith’s life were difficult. He fought against
numerous health problems and carried on with his amazing courage and
good humour. He continued to enjoy his friends and family. The medical
profession and home support systems permitted him to enjoy life right to
Keith, in due course we hope to see you on the first tee of The Great Golf
Course in the Sky. Thank you for having made a real difference to so many
The Honourable Duncan Shaw
Paul Weiler passed away at home in Cambridge, Massachusetts
on July 7, 2021, surrounded by his wife
Florrie Darwin, daughter Kathryn Weiler and longtime
caregiver Angelita Altea, after a courageous 20-
year battle with primary lateral sclerosis, a rare
degenerative neurological disease.
Paul was born in 1939 in Port Arthur, Ontario into
a family that produced three generations of lawyers. Yet Paul might not
have become a lawyer at all without some fateful early guidance. He was
completing a master of philosophy degree at St. Michael’s College at the
University of Toronto and contemplating a Ph.D. program in philosophy
when his father encouraged him to speak to Bora Laskin, a family friend
from Thunder Bay, who was later to become Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court of Canada. After Laskin convinced him to go to law school, Paul
enrolled at Osgoode Hall Law School for his LL.B. and then received an
LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Paul’s relationship with the law started inauspiciously during his early
days of law school, when professors and classmates would see him in the