THE ADVOCATE 763
VOL. 80 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2022
Rory is a huge soccer fan. He has been a proud Whitecaps season ticket
holder for many years, and it was certainly not unusual to pass by his office
and see a game on his computer screen. Rory played soccer at university,
including for the law school team. During law school, his team went to
Edmonton for a tournament. Upon further investigation as to what happened
during the trip, I was told the situation met (as geographically
adapted) the criteria of the old adage “What happens in Vegas, stays in
Vegas”. Rory continued to play soccer until age 55, when his body could take
no more. He was involved in soccer associations both as a coach and as a
referee. He also enjoyed playing slow-pitch, skiing, camping and fishing.
He continues to cycle with Anna when time permits.
As a family lawyer, Rory earned a reputation as a skilled litigator with an
impressive knowledge of the rules of court and current case law. He was
well liked by fellow members of the bar, who could always count on Rory to
be fair and ethical. His good nature and calm demeanour made him a pleasure
to be around both in the office and in the courtroom. He pursued his
legal career with the passion, vigour and enthusiasm of a junior lawyer. His
commitment to his career did not stop him, however, from taking a oneyear
sabbatical while his children were still in school so that Anna could
return to university. This is one of many examples when Rory put the needs
of his family ahead of his own, and of his constant support of the women in
his life to pursue their own dreams and be successful. Rory is a person of
honesty and integrity, who was trusted, admired and respected by his colleagues,
employees and business partners.
Rory’s appointment is welcomed by the bar and long overdue.