By | September 2, 2020

Lance Finch dead: Lance Finch cause of death – obituary – tributes

  • Date of death: August 30, 2020
  • Age: 82 year old
  • Cause of death: unconfirmed

How did Lance Finch die?

Lance S.G. Finch, a former chief justice of British Columbia, has died at the age of 82.

Chief Justice Robert J. Bauman says as a judicial leader, Finch was strong, steady and humble.

His honours and awards include the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and the lifetime achievement award from the law school’s alumni at the University of British Columbia.

He was appointed Queen’s counsel in 2015 and in 2017 he became a member of the Order of B.C.

In a news release, Bauman says Finch built a wide-ranging litigation practice that included municipal law, commercial litigation, insurance defence and injury claims.

Finch was born in Edmonton and lived there until 1951, when his family moved to Victoria.

He was called to the bar in 1963.

He first joined the B.C. Supreme Court as a judge in 1983 before being appointed to the Court of Appeal, where he served from 1993 to 2001.

As chief justice, Finch led the Courts of Appeal for B.C. and Yukon from 2001 until he retired in 2013.

“He always commanded the respect of the legal profession in our province and his legacy of significant jurisprudence is acknowledged across Canada,” Bauman says. “Lance Finch was a good colleague, a good friend and a great judge.”

Bauman says Finch died surrounded by family on Sunday.

Lance Finch Obituary, funeral arrangement, any GoFundMe page

The family are yet to make public the obituary and funeral arrangements.

We are unable to confirm if a GoFundMe was created by the family/friends of the deceased at the time of this publication.

This post will be updated with more information as they are made available and public.

Lance Finch tributes

Family, friends and loved ones of the deceased have taken to their social media pages to share tributes, kind words and prayer.

Our best wishes and love to the deceased’s family and friends.

Geoff Plant wrote;

The passing of Lance Finch marks the end of a life filled with accomplishment, and proof that great achievement can go hand in hand with real humility. He was convinced that law is a tool for justice and always acted on that belief. And he was just a very lovely, decent man.

Christine Duhaime wrote;

Sad to hear today, that former Chief Justice Lance Finch died. Here’s he & I. Down pointing backhand index I liked him; he was a smart intellectual sounding board for many lawyers when they needed a sounding board.

Kenneth Armstrong wrote;

I was saddened this morning to learn of the passing of retired Chief Justice Lance Finch. I have found memories of my interactions with Chief Justice Finch, particularly at the New Westminster Bar Association meetings where he was always quick with a kind hello! RIP

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