Jack HARRIS

Jack HARRIS

HARRIS; Gilbert John (Jack) B.A., LL.B., Q.C., LL.D (Hon.) Dec. 28, 1944 – March 12, 2014. Jack was the most amazing Husband, Father and Grandfather. He was taken from us suddenly on a sunny day in Vancouver, doing what he loved best, meeting a colleague and heading to Court. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lynne, his fi ve precious daughters, Amber (Chris) Beauregard, Krista (Cathy) Harris, Jessica (Barry) Krahn, Anika Harris and Elise (Gerrad) Harris-Zandetti; seven grandchildren – Kayden and Chase; Andrew, Lauren and Cruz; Taylor and Jackson. He is also survived by his sister Muriel (Al) Brodin, and niece and nephew – Sherrill (Mike) Yeaton and family and Paul (Leslie) Brodin and family. He also leaves behind his Mother-In-Law Helene (Ernest) Petrich. He was predeceased by his mother and father Isabel and Gilbert Harris. G. Jack, as he was affectionately known, was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB. He graduated from St. John’s College University of Manitoba with a B.A. in 1970 and graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Manitoba in 1973. He received his call to the Bar of British Columbia in 1974. Throughout his outstanding career he practiced in all facets of the Law, but for many years had devoted his time to criminal matters. He was a Bencher of the Law Society of BC for a number of years. In 2008 G. Jack was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of the Fraser Valley, following many years as an instructor in Criminal Law. G. Jack had distinguished himself as a renowned Criminal Lawyer in the province of British Columbia and beyond. He embraced his profession and dedicated countless hours to his clients. G. Jack was a mentor to so many and found it especially rewarding to counsel young people to re-establish themselves. He had no greater reward than to see his former clients achieve success. G. Jack was a great humourist and storyteller and he brought much joy to every experience and situation. The Courtroom was his theatre. He valued each and every person who worked in the Criminal Justice System, and was a friend to all. He will be fondly remembered as a person who gave selflessly to others and came to the rescue of so many. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC) on Saturday March 22 at 12:00pm. In honour of G. Jack, donations to the BC Children’s Hospital Heart Centre would be greatly appreciated.


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