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In Memoriam

Henry "Harry" Joseph McInerney (BCL ’57)

1927 – 2022

Harry graduated from St. Vincent’s Boys School in 1945, Saint John High 1946, University of New Brunswick with a BA, in 1950 and UNB Law School (Saint John) 1957. He had a long career in various aspects of the law profession as a member of the Canadian Bar Association and was a lifetime member of the Law Society of New Brunswick. Harry spent time with the Cadet Services of Canada and the Canadian Reserve Army. His hobbies included skiing, duck hunting with his boys, skating at Lily Lake, researching his family history, and spending time with his grandchildren.”

Margaret Forestell, QC (nee Duffie) (BCL ’51)

1929 – 2022

“After graduating from Fredericton High School as an honours student, [Margaret] obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1951, both from the University of New Brunswick. She was admitted to the Law Society of New Brunswick that same year. After practicing law for three years in Grand Falls with her brother, Ted Duffie, she returned to Fredericton where she practiced with John C. McNair and later with Robert J. Howie, eventually carrying on her own practice where her son Donald was fortunate to begin his law career. She was recognized in her profession by an appointment as a Queen’s Counsel in 1991 and was given a life membership in the Law Society in 2001.”

Donald Frost MacGowan, QC (BCL ’58)

1935 – 2022

Don led a very rich and full life that included a long legal career and a life time of serving the community. Don offered his time and talents to many organizations. He was active in the Canadian Cancer Society, at the local and national levels, and its research arm the National Cancer Institute of Canada, for nearly 50 years as a Board Member, Honorary Solicitor and the National Director. Don also was very involved at Mount Allison University serving on their Board of Regents, the University Senate and the Board Executive from 1969 to 1992. He was instrumental in the formation of the Kings County Historical & Archival Society being one of the founding members. He served as New Brunswick Consul for the Kingdom of Norway for 28 years.”

Gordon Tweedy, QC (BCL ’63)

1936 – 2022

Gord was proudly the first UNB Law graduate called to the Bar of Prince Edward Island on November 28, 1963. Although law was his vocation - helping others, wood working, his tractor, his family and hockey were his passions. Gord played hockey until he was 80 and was the biggest UNB Reds hockey fan ever. In his middle years, Gordie started the lawyer referral/assistance program in PEI and beyond – taking it global without the internet. Gord was a lifelong Rotarian and lived their motto ‘Service Above Self.’”

Basil Dominic Stapleton, QC (BCL ’67)

1938 – 2022

Basil was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1938. He graduated from MUN with a degree in Commerce and pursued a Master’s at Queen’s before graduating from UNB Law in 1967. Basil had an impressive legal career. In his early years, he lectured at UNB Law. He served as Secretary of the Law Society of New Brunswick and as Legal Counsel to the New Brunswick Department of Justice—where he would eventually become Director of Law Reform. Basil was an active member of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. In 1993, he would pursue his passion for law reform in Ottawa, working with Justice Canada until his retirement in 2014.

David Leroy Ernest Peterson, QC (LLB ’69)

1942 – 2021

“[David] graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1965 with a B.PE. and taught school at Fredericton High School for the 1965-66 school year. He returned to UNB Law school and practiced law in Fredericton after admission to the New Brunswick Bar in 1969. David served as a Fredericton City Councillor from 1974-1980, as a Special Prosecutor and a Deputy Judge, and as the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1978-1993. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2017 and continued to practice until his death.”

David John Elgee (BCL ’67)

1943 – 2022

“Born on June 9, 1943, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, David spent time on his family farm and his father's general store before obtaining his law degree at the University of New Brunswick. In 1969, he married his wife, Kathryn, and started his career as a corporate lawyer in Toronto, Ontario. In 1980, David moved his family from Ottawa, Ontario to Coquitlam, B.C for a job in Vancouver, where he took advantage of the North Shore mountains, skiing on weekends. After retiring, David and Kathryn relocated to Windsor, Ontario where he enjoyed daily walks, spending time with his grandchildren and learning about science, particularly Astronomy.”

The Hon. Myrna Faye Athey (nee Hawkes) (LLB ’69)

1945 – 2022

Myrna graduated from Woodstock High School, Provincial Teachers College and UNB with Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees. Following graduation Myrna practiced law with various Fredericton lawyers and law firms including Lawrence Garvey, Dan McCormack, E. J. Mockler Professional Corporation and eventually established her own law practice which later became Athey & Athey when her husband Barry Athey, QC joined the firm. In 1990, she was invested as a Provincial Court Judge in Family Law and served in that capacity for three years in Moncton before moving to the Fredericton Court. She became supernumerary in 2008 and fully retired in 2017.”

William Thomas Morrison (LLB ’73)

1945 – 2022

Bill received his law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1973 and returned to Ontario to practice with the Ministry of the Attorney General until his retirement in 2009. A lover of all sports, he played hockey for his high school alma mater St Michael’s Oldtimers for 41 years. Bill will be fondly remembered for his easy-going personality, his love for his family, and for always being a kid at heart.”

Douglas Russell Patterson (LLB ’77)

1949 – 2022

Doug was an alumnus of Saint John High School (1967) Mount Allison University (1972) and UNB BEd (1973) and UNB law (1977). Doug practiced law for a short period of time before becoming a partner of the club “1880” during the 1980's. He went back to teaching in the early 90's and retired from teaching in 2013. Doug was a long-time member of the Westfield Golf and Country Club. He was an active fisherman for most of his life and greatly enjoyed his weekly pool games over the years.”

John Douglas Townsend, QC (LLB ’77)

1952 – 2022

“A Queen’s Counsel, John had a distinguished legal career which spanned more than 40 years. Respected as both a litigator and an advisor, one of John’s greatest joys was mentoring young lawyers and students. He taught Business Law at the University of New Brunswick and led the advocacy section of the Law Society’s Bar Admission Course. He gave back to his profession by serving on the Law Society’s Conflicts Committee and Insurance Management Committee. In 2016, he received the most prestigious award conferred by the Law Society, the Franklin O. Leger, Q.C. Award, given in recognition of outstanding meritorious service, dedication or contribution in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession.”

Sandra Jean MacKinnon (LLB ’04)

1955 – 2022

Sandi was first and foremost a mother full of eclectic interests and talents.  She travelled Canada and the world before her children’s births and then raised her children with Robert in Montreal, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and PEI.  She worked in various capacities for social justice as a journalist, community worker, and finally as a lawyer. She was a fearless and passionate activist and advocate, traits that helped her earn her law degree from the University of New Brunswick at the age of 50.”

Obituary excerpts shared from the Daily Gleaner, Telegraph-Journal, Saltwire, The Globe and Mail, McAdams Funeral Homes, Fundy Funeral Home, Hillsboro Funeral Home, Brenan’s Funeral Home, Capital Funeral Home, and Marshall Funeral Home Inc. 

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