David W. Gibbons, QC
August 29, 2004
I am very sorry to advise that David W. Gibbons, QC died this Friday morning. As many of you know, David was a leading counsel in this province and across Canada. He had been living in Edmonton for the last year while on a waiting list for a lung transplant. Unfortunately, his time ran out before a suitable donor could be found. David had waited patiently, with great strength and his usual good humour, hoping for the operation that would extend his life. He was only 64.
In his more than 30 years at the bar, David proved himself one of our finest criminal defence lawyers and brought his skills to many high profile cases. His accomplishments at the defence bar were reflected in his appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 1994.
David also gave much of his time to the profession, serving for eight years as a Bencher before becoming a Life Bencher at the end of last year. He valued professional independence ? most recently having initiated and chaired the Law Society’s Independence of the Bar Committee as well as the Proceeds of Crime Task Force, which led the successful case against those provisions of the federal money laundering legislation that purported to require lawyers to secretly report on client transactions. His commitments extended to the Federation of Law Societies, the Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law and Lawyers Rights Watch Canada.
Perhaps most importantly for the profession, David cared deeply for other lawyers and gave much of his time to assisting those who were in need of his wise counsel.
His devotion to his work and profession was second only to his devotion to his family, and I extend my condolences to his wife, Madam Justice Janice Dillon, their children Lise and David, his brother Dick Gibbons and all of his family and friends. He was a man of great humour and compassion and always had a twinkle in his eye. He will be greatly missed.
William M. Everett, QC