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Charles Dionne (BCL ’51)

1927 – 2021

Judge Dionne was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick, into a large family which included five sisters and two brothers. He lived a life surrounded by loved ones, raising his own family of six children who would in turn give him 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In his obituary, his family fondly recalls “a life of yearly vacations at the yellow cottage at the Fond d'la Baie…a life filled with weekends on the slopes of Mont Farlagne…a life sprinkled with many spring trips across Europe.” Judge Dionne is remembered by his family for his photographic memory, artistic sensibility, athletic prowess, musical flair on the violin, love of reading, academic excellence, and his commitment to justice, exemplified by his career as a Judge on the New Brunswick Provincial Court.

The Hon. Patrick A.A. Ryan, QC (BCL ’56)

1930 – 2021

Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Justice Ryan graduated from UNB Law in 1956. He served as Deputy Magistrate of the Counties of York, Sunbury, and Queens from 1958 to 1960, after which he became a senior partner at the law firm of Ryan, Graser and Smith. He received his Queen’s Counsel in 1973, and in the early 1980s, served as a member of the committee to update and revise the New Brunswick Rules of Court. He was appointed a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Trial Division, in February 1986, and that same year was appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick. In 2002, he was named a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his commitment to his community. Justice Ryan completed his exemplary legal career as the Province of New Brunswick’s Conflict of Interest Commissioner, retiring in 2014.

Charles Emery Brison (BCL ’66)

1937 – 2021

Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Charles Emery Brison graduated from Université de Moncton (Université Saint-Joseph at the time) and studied at Université d'Ottawa before graduating from UNB Law in 1966. He returned home to Moncton, where he practiced law for the next 35 years. A staunch supporter of his alma mater, he was an active member of the Alumni of Université de Moncton and was the founding president of the U de M Club des Aigles Bleus. He was heavily involved in the local community, volunteering with Food Depot Alimentaire, Habitat for Humanity, Maison Nazareth, and Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

Patricia Fradsham (retired staff member)

1939 – 2001

After growing up in Marysville on Duke Street, Patricia (Pat) worked for the department of agriculture and then the faculty of law at UNB as a secretary until she retired in 2000. Pat was the past president of both the local chapters of Professional Secretaries International and the Kinettes, as well as a member of the Red Hat Society. She ran a busy ceramics shop in her basement, teaching many neighbourhood kids arts and crafts. Pat also enjoyed gardening and spending time with friends at Everett’s campground.

The Hon. Peter M. Clark, QC (LLB ’70)

1942 – 2021

Born in High River, Alberta, Justice Clark graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in 1966. Upon graduation, he worked briefly as a social worker, where much of his time was spent working with young offenders; an experience that led to his interest in pursuing a career in law. After graduating from UNB Law in 1970, Justice Clark articled at what would become Burnett, Duckworth and Palmer in Calgary, eventually becoming a partner with the firm. In 1985, he joined the partnership at Atkinson McMahon and in 1995 was appointed a Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. In 2007, he was appointed a Deputy Justice of the North West Territories, and in 2010, was appointed a Deputy Justice of Nunavut.

Justice John (Jack) Walsh, QC (LLB ’77)

1953 – 2021

Born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Justice Walsh graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1975. Upon graduation from UNB Law in 1977, he moved back to Miramichi where he would spend the next 10 years in private practice. In 1987, he became a Crown Prosecutor with the province. During his work on the trial of serial killer Allan Legere, Justice Walsh became nationally-known as one of the first lawyers in the country to introduce DNA evidence against the accused. He would establish himself as one of Canada's leading experts on DNA evidence. He was seconded to the Federal Department of Justice in Ottawa to assist in the development of the Federal DNA legislation and has contributed articles and book chapters to both legal and scientific publications on the topic of DNA. He received his Queen’s Counsel in 2001 and was appointed Regional Crown Counsel in 2003. He was appointed a Judge of the Provincial Court of NB in 2008 and a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of NB one year later.

Dianne Fraser Smith, QC (LLB ‘80)

1955 – 2021 

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Dianne graduated from UNB Law in 1980. She was one of only five female lawyers in her bar admissions class that year. She began her career in private practice with O’Dea, Greene. She would move to the public sector, joining the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Justice, where she served for 25 years. During her time at the DOJ, Dianne mentored many young lawyers. She received her Queen’s Counsel in 2004. Dianne gave back to her community; she was Girl Guide Leader and a member of the Board of the Botanical Gardens. She is remembered for her love of travel, scrapbooking, gardening, scrabble, and most of all, for the love she had for her family and friends.

Christopher E. Lewis (LLB ‘00)

1967 – 2021

Born in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Christopher graduated from UNB Law in 2000. He joined the St. John’s office of Stewart McKelvey in 1999 as a summer student, eventually becoming a partner with the firm, where he spent over 20 years of his career. In 2016, he was elected to the board of the Newfoundland and Labrador division of the Canadian Cancer Society. He was a founding member of Beagle Paws Rescue, Canada's largest beagle rescue group. He is remembered by his colleagues for his easy-going nature, his work ethic, and the high level of care he gave to his clients.

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