In Memoriam


Brian William Ferriman McLOUGHLIN

June 11, 2014

McLOUGHLIN, Brian William Ferriman, October 4, 1927 – June 11, 2014. — Brian William Ferriman McLoughlin, Q.C., passed away at South Granville Park Lodge in Vancouver, June 11, 2014, aged 86. Brian was born in Victoria, BC on October 4, 1927. He was educated at St. Michael’s School, Oak Bay High, and Victoria College, before entering law school at UBC. Called to the Bar in 1950, he joined the firm, Lawrence, Shaw & McFarlane, later Lang Michener. In 1971, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel and in 1984, he served as Treasurer (President) of the Law Society of British Columbia. A Life Bencher, Brian was known as a tenacious litigator, sometimes referred to by colleagues as “Bulldog McLoughlin.” In retirement, he undertook several pro-bono cases, to which he devoted many hours. Justice, integrity, generosity – these were the values he lived by. Brian had a passion for open wheel motor racing. After taking up the sport in his 40s, he enlisted his teenage son and daughter as pit- crew while his wife Sarah learned film-making in order to record his many successful races that included a Pacific Northwest Championship. A strong believer in community service, Brian served as the first president of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Association, Governor of York House School, as well as dedicating time to the Council for Canadian Unity, and the BC Safety Council. A staunch federalist and proud Canadian, Brian had a long time interest in learning French. He supported school programs that encouraged exchanges with students from Quebec and proudly displayed a bumper sticker “My Canada includes Quebec!” With his wife of 57 years, Brian developed a hazelnut farm on Vancouver Island near Courtenay. This eleven-acre seaside property (no longer a nut farm) has been gifted to the Comox-Strathcona Regional District as the McLoughlin Gardens. Brian will be remembered for his keen interest in people, his sense of humour, his great love of Canada and his commitment to making the world a better place. His principal reason for joining the legal profession was to “stick up for the little guy!” During his 63 years as a member of the Law Society he upheld the value of lawyers in a free society. “The balance between the strong and the weak is kept not by the law alone, but by the law with the assistance of the lawyer.” He leaves behind his faithful wife Sarah (nee Pullen); favourite son Michael (Sue); devoted daughter Margo; and three beloved grandchildren Sam, Ben and Stephanie Walker (Brandon). Predeceased by his cousin Sylvia Bendrodt (Eric) whom Brian cared for deeply and his stepsister Helen Davidson (Derek). Survived by his elder brother John (Ruth) with whom he shared many adventures at home and in business, and his stepbrother Bill (Barney) with whom he shared the inspiring life of his stepfather Harry Robinson who was married to his courageous mother Phyllis (nee Salsbury). A Service will be held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2490 West 37th Avenue on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 3 p.m. Donations in memory of Brian can be made to the Comox Valley Land Trust, PO Box 3462, Courtenay, BC V9N 5N5