James CARFRA
James CARFRA
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Obituary of James Stuart CARFRA

Jim asked us to make his obit short and not sweet not an easy task. Born to Bill and Florence Carfra in Winnipeg, Jim went on to be the oldest Carfra ever to have lived (so far). Brother to Marg (MacLean) and Bob, he graduated high school in Montreal and then studied at Kings College, Halifax and Queens University where he received his law degree in 1962. In 1963, he married the love of his life, Pat (ne Rowell). The two answered the call of the West and settled in Edmonton where Jim started practising law in 1964. There, he became dad to Neil and Jill (Barrett). In 1970, the Carfra family made a happy choice and moved to Victoria where Jim established a reputation as well-respected barrister, sessional lecturer at UVic and active member of the Victoria Bar Association. He became a Queens Counsel in 1984 and, with Dean Lawton, in 1985 established the firm of Carfra & Lawton which is now one of the largest firms in the city. Throughout his legal career he mentored many a young lawyer by whom he is fondly and appreciatively remembered. The Carfras moved out of town to their dream home at Prospect Lake in 1974 where Jim and Pat have hosted their many family, friends, and friends-of-friends to dinners year round and for swims in the summer. Jim took great pleasure in seeing his four grandgirls, Michelle and Susy Carfra and Grace and Audrey Barrett, learn to swim in the lake even though he himself would never go in unless the water is 86F or better. Jim was an avid reader, traveller, lover of the latest techie-stuff, and a keen walker with the Volkssport organization. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010. Ever a man of the times, he blogged on caringbridge.org about the highs and lows of the course of his illness and his life with cancer, using his own typical mix of humour, grace and candour. He and his family have been humbled and comforted by the many, many words of love, fellowship and tribute received throughout. Our deepest thanks go to Dr.Jim Stockdill, the Victoria Cancer Clinic and the V.I.H.A. community nurses. Those wishing to make a donation in Jims name might consider Dying with Dignity www.dyingwithdignity or the organizations above. A memorial gathering and reception will be held at the University of Victoria Law School on Sunday, October 21 at 2 pm.
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