Thursday, November 23, 2006

Gordon H.H. Read

Ron was a classmate and a friend. During the last decade we spent happy lunch hours together in Halifax when I was travelling between the South Shore and Truro. Of course, there were times when Ron had appointments at the hospital which prevented our getting together. One can only admire the way he faced such a devastating disease with courage and determination.

My memories of student days include afternoon teas at the Macdonald residence hosted by his mother, along with his sisters Mairi and Elizabeth. In addition to being a break from the routine of studying, they were occasions when we met and conversed with local politicians and other interesting people. After graduation Ron and I followed different paths.

When Catherine and I returned to Nova Scotia a few years ago, we renewed our contacts with Ron. My unique relationship with Ron arose from his admiration of my father, the late Mr. Justice John E. Read. Father was a judge on the International Court of Justice in The Hague. In addition to the fact that they were both from Nova Scotia, they had much in common. Both had exceptionally keen minds, both became a judge on an international court, each was Dean of the Dalhousie Law School, each excelled at communication and each held traditional family values.

In life, Ron was a blessing to his family, his friends, his classmates, his colleagues and to all others who benefited from his teaching, his advice and his wise decisions. All of us who have had the privilege of knowing him are saddened by his passing.

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