Friday , 29 September 2023

The “Life of Stirling” After High School

Hi Everyone,

Was not sure what to say or that anyone would want to read it, but here it is:

The fall after graduation from Western with a B.A. in History and Political Science I sailed to France and lived in Paris in St. Germain des Pres, studying French history and political science at the Sorbonne. It was during that unforgettable time that my life long passions for food, wine and music, especially opera , were cultivated. It was there, too, that I met the love of my life, Clare from Baltimore .

Upon returning to Canada I briefly envisioned myself in the diplomatic field , but at the last moment, decided to be a lawyer, along with so many of my friends. I received my law degree from Osgoode Hall in June of 1967, and immediately thereafter started to article at Robertson Lane with Willard Estey , who later became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

On August 5 that year (1967) I married Clare in Baltimore with Mike as best man and both Lorie and Allen  as ushers.

In March 1968 we moved to Stratford where I have been practicing my profession for more than 52 years. I am still licensed but am now almost fully retired.

We had 4 children , 2 girls and 2 boys:

  • Both girls have now predeceased us, one at 21 and the other at 47.
  • Brent and his wife Danielle  live in Toronto and have 2 children , Madeline aged one and  Grace aged 4. He is a VP and Managing Director of  BMO and is in charge of all Risk Management for the bank.
  • Mark and his wife Jennifer, live in Guelph and have a daughter Lauren , aged 16. He is Provisions Manager for the university for all food supplies,  and his wife is the Special Events coordinator at the university.

In 1976 we purchased a cottage on the beach in Grand Bend on Lake Huron where we spend a great deal of family time together each summer. In 1995 we began living 6 months a year at our winter house in beautiful Naples, Florida.

We still travel a great deal, and have visited all continents, completed 2 world cruises, and circumnavigated both South America and Africa by ship.

Just wish it could go on forever! Stirling