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Saturday February 16, 2013

The Honourable W.J. (Bae) Wallace Q. C. 1918 - 2013 ''meeting challenges is happiness' W.J. (Bae) Wallace died on February 12, age 94
''Bae'' will be deeply missed by both his immediate family and his extended community of friends and colleagues. He will always be remembered for his love of life, his care for others, his wry humour, and his passion for affectionate argument. He was always engaged with the world and with those around him in ways that enriched us all
He was born in North Bay, Ontario in 1918, the youngest of 6 children. His childhood summer home at nearby Trout Lake was a place he cherished for the rest of his life. After a brief career in engineering (B.Sc. 1942) he served in the Royal Canadian Navy as an engineering officer aboard the HMCS Prince Robert in the Pacific Northwest, the Aleutians, and in Europe from 1942 to 1945. Shortly after the war he encountered the two loves of his life: Miriam McCaffrey of Agassiz, BC, (deceased 2006) and the law. He married in 1944 and he graduated from Osgoode in 1947. They moved to Vancouver that same year and he joined Bull, Housser & Tupper where he was to practice for the next 30 years. Litigation was his passion and he always relished working with a team of colleagues and friends on such landmark cases as BC Hydro's WAC Bennet Dam and the Commission of Enquiry into the collapse of the Second Narrows Ironworkers' Memorial Bridge
In 1979 he was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and in 1986 to the BC Court of Appeal. Retirement was an alien concept to him: on leaving the bench, he returned to Bull, Housser as Associate Counsel practicing mediation and arbitration for another 10 years. Throughout his life he served in many more roles: Bencher, school board member, college board member, Pension Appeal Board member, Fairness Commissioner, and as unsalaried advisor and cross examiner of those closest to him
He travelled widely but felt most at home at his beloved Pasley Island cottage, ''the most beautiful place on earth'' where every sunset was different, beautiful, and worthy of a photograph. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren deeply and was cherished in turn
He will be profoundly missed by his children and their respective spouses: Brian (Wendy Carter), Rory (S. Lee), Mike (Christine Skorek), and Audrey (Joe Chechik); by his much-loved grandchildren and their spouses: Scott (Heather Wallace), Kim (Ian Campbell), Daniel, and Cameron; and by his four great-grandchildren
He made many close friends. They were dear to him and they will miss him deeply. Special thanks are due those who helped him so much near the end: Dr. Wayne Smith for his excellent care over the years, Dr. Anne Wachsmuth, who was a constant support, and the outstanding staff at Amica where he lived for several months, and wonderful staff the North Shore Hospice who helped make the end easier for all
At the request of the deceased there will be a small celebration of life for immediate family and a few close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNIB, the North Shore Hospice, the BC Cancer Agency or a charity of your choice.

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