Tributes

 

This page was created to honour OTLA members who have passed and to celebrate their contributions to our organization.

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Hubert ("Hub") Bray

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Hubert ("Hub") Bray

Honorary OTLA President Hubert (“Hub”) Bray was an active and inspirational leader in our organization before his passing in 2007. Hub practised law in his hometown of Sudbury for over 30 years. Hub will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, compassion, sense of humour, and for his incredible ability to make anyone feel important, welcome, and included within the organization. With his eternal sense of optimism and unfettered integrity, Hub always stood up for the little guy and provided leadership of the first order to those who needed it the most.

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Sarah Curia

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Sarah Curia

Sarah will always be remembered for her calm presence, her willingness to help, and her genuine care for those around her. Sarah died of cancer on Dec. 13, 2016 at the young age of 27.

Sarah joined Roger R Foisy PC in 2008 as a Junior Law Clerk and was quickly embraced as a valued member of the team. She held a Bachelor of Education from Brock University and was a Member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario as well as the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. She will be greatly missed.

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Dean Edgell

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Dean Edgell

We lost one of the personal injury bar's gentle giants when Dean Edgell passed away in 2007. Dean was only 48 when cancer took him suddenly from his colleagues at Oatley, Vigmond and his beloved wife Ainsley and their two children. Dean had a brilliant, clear, analytic mind and was blessed with outstanding judgement. He never sought attention or reward for his efforts on behalf of others. And when someone needed help, Dean was the first to lend a hand. He was the author of a respected text on products liability law, which he researched and crafted entirely by himself.

That text is still relied on by lawyers across the country. Dean brought his good judgement and commitment to the OTLA Board of Directors. He was on the Editorial Board of the Litigator from 1998 to 2005 and throughout those years wrote The Trial Notebook column, which was full of helpful tips for personal injury litigators, for every single issue. He is deeply missed by all who knew him.

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Paul Jewell

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Paul Jewell

Paul Jewell, Q.C. began practicing law in 1960 after graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School. Since the inception of OTLA, Paul was always an active member of OTLA, including being on the Board of Directors. A champion for victims of accidents and master litigator, Paul had many landmark decisions, including the Court of Appeal decision where he secured the highest award ever obtained for a Family Law Act claim for the death of a 14 year old boy. He was a true friend of OTLA and a one-of-a-kind litigator.

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A fantastic litigator and a true gentleman. He is dearly missed every day.

Tina Radimisis

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Martin Wunder, Q.C.

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Martin Wunder, Q.C.

Martin “Buddy” Wunder was a true giant of the legal profession. Based in Windsor, he was innovative, compassionate, inspiring, dedicated, fearless and tenacious. Over 58 years of distinguished practice (graduated in 1957), Martin devoted himself to legal scholarship through teaching and speaking and writing, including 2 books on personal injury litigation. Having argued the Teno v. Arnold case, he was part of a landmark decision for the cap on non-pecuniary general damages by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1979. He was a mentor and friend helping others to reach their true potential as he surely did himself.

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