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Saturday June 13, 2009

WILLIAM LORNE NORTHMORE SOMERVILLE, B.A., LL.B., Q.C. AUGUST 24, 1921 JUNE 10, 2009 William Lorne Northmore Somerville, Q.C., BA, LL.B, known to his friends and colleagues as 'Bill', passed away peacefully on June 10, 2009 after a long illness. Bill was born in Ottawa, Ontario on August 24th, 1921 and was the son of William Lorne and Olive Triscott Somerville. Bill was a member of the Church of England and was the Church Warden of St. James Cathedral (1977 1980). After graduating from Collingwood Collegiate Institute in 1939, Bill attended Trinity College at the University of Toronto where he graduated with his B.A. in 1943. Upon graduation he volunteered for the Canadian Armed Forces and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Canadian Army, initially serving in the Royal Canadian Artillery Corps. Subsequently he was transferred to the Royal Canadian Intelligence Corps, and in 1944 was seconded to the United States Army, assigned to the United States Intelligence Corps where initially he worked in Washington, D.C. Having been taught through intensive instruction to speak and write Japanese at the Canadian Japanese Language School namely the Canadian Military Intelligence Corps, he then worked for the Canadian and U.S. Intelligence Corps, Bill was seconded to the U.S. Army in 1945 and served with the U.S. Army as part of the occupation forces in Japan from August 1945, until Bill returned to Canada in the summer of 1946. Bill then attended Osgoode Hall Law School where he obtained his LL.B. in 1948. Bill read law with Fennell McLean & Davis and then joined the firm Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais LLP). He was a partner at Borden & Elliot from 1956 1992 and was chairman of the firm from 1980 1990 and on his retirement as Chairman, he was appointed the Chairman Emeritus of the Toronto office. Bill is remembered fondly by his partners and colleagues, many of whom regard him as one of the great barristers of his time, a caring mentor and a dedicated leader of the Firm. Throughout his legal career Bill was also active in business and served as a director of Eastern Utilities Ltd.; Hilti (Canada), chairman of the Canadian board of Norwich Union Life Insurance Company (1970 1993). He was a member of the International Association of Insurance Counsel and a member of the American Bar Association and the Advocates Society. He was a member, Corporation of Trinity College from 1955 to 1995. During his distinguished legal career, Bill argued a number of notable cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and was chairman of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Bar Association in 1969 1970, and the National President of the Canadian Bar Association from 1974 1975. Bill was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was chairman of the Canadian-U.S. Committee in 1988. He was also a Governor of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. Bill was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1960 and was appointed as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1974. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Somerville, who he married in November 1988. He was predeased by his brother, John Somerville. He is also survived by his five children from his previous marriage; Nanci, Sarah, Bill (Susan), David and Frederick (Marie), and also by his 10 grandchildren; Liam, Madeleine, Elizabeth, Claire, Hilary, Mawney, Christine, Natalie, Stephanie and Dana. A viewing for family and friends is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at The Cathedral Church of St. James, 65 Church Street at the corner of King Street Toronto, from 2 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at The Cathedral Church of St. James, on Thursday, June 18, 2009, at 2 p.m. Arrangements entr usted to GILCHRIST CHAPEL McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph (519-824-0031). We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at:

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