Robert Gourlay, QC
The Benchers and staff of the Law Society wish to express their great sadness over the passing of Life Bencher, Robert W. Gourlay, QC, on June 16 and to offer their condolences to Rob’s wife, family and friends and to his colleagues.
A respected trial lawyer, Rob’s devotion to his profession was profound, as reflected in his extensive service commitments over the years, including as President of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association from 1992 to 1993 and as a Bencher of the Law Society for eight years from 1996 to 2003.
He will be deeply missed by all who were honoured to know him. Hundreds of his colleagues and friends paid tribute to his life at a special sitting of the court held June 24 in Vancouver.
Another loss to all within the Law Society came with the passing of Lay Bencher Lilian To on July 2. The Benchers and staff offer their condolences to her family, friends and colleagues and to the many people in the community who have benefited from her generosity over the years.
Since 1988 Lilian was executive director of the United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society (SUCCESS).
A Lay Bencher since 2003, Lilian was a member of the Equity and Diversity Committee (2004-05), the Unauthorized Practice Committee, the Discipline Committee (2003) and the Complainants’ Review Committee (2004). Michael Falkins, on behalf of all the Lay Benchers, conveyed regrets at losing their colleague so early in life. “She was a dynamic lady with an illustrious career,” he said.
SUCCESS plans to hold a public celebration of Lilian's life in September.