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finding creative solutions and doing the hard, relentless work needed to win
A FINAL NOTE
John was a gift to the legal profession and the community, and Sarah
equally so. They will be much missed.
Bruce Fraser, Q.C., Howard Mickelson, Q.C.,
and the Honourable Lynn Smith, O.C., Q.C.
1. John D McAlpine, QC, “Claude Lorne McAlpine,
KC” (2010) 68 Advocate 181 at 193.
2. For an account of the work of the committee and the
reception of its report, see Lynn Smith, Marylee
Stephenson & Gina Quijano, “The Legal Profession
and Women: Finding Articles in British Columbia”
(1973) 8 UBC L Rev 137 at 163–64.
The Honourable Thomas Richard “Dick” Brooke
Dick Brooke succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease on
March 13, 2022. Dick was born in Winnipeg on September
23, 1940. His father was a stone mason who
died when Dick was seven. Dick’s mother was left to
manage alone with Dick and his two older siblings.
Dick funded his own education by working a number
of jobs. He graduated from the University of Manitoba
with a bachelor of arts degree in 1963.
Dick and I were roommates at Acadia Camp at UBC when he was in firstyear
law. He was one of the most genuinely cheerful people I had ever met.
He was extremely widely read and had the happy ability to remember
everything that he read. Shortly before the end of the year, Dick purchased
a copy of Martin’s Criminal Code. We were studying together in our room.
Dick was uncommonly quiet for about a day and a half. I did nothing to disturb
him. Late the second day, Dick passed me the Code. He said, “Ask me
anything.” With Code in hand, I began to grill him. He recalled accurately
the sections of the Code and the leading cases. The grilling went on for some
time. To my astonishment, he had committed the whole of the Criminal