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Patrick DOHM

Patrick Donald Dohm, a well-respected legal figure and former Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2023, in Vancouver at the age of 88. Survived by his beloved wife of nearly 64 years, Barbara, and brother Martin, he will be lovingly remembered by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Born on April 16, 1935, in Kamloops BC to Laurence and Elizabeth Dohm, Patrick was the second youngest of eight children. After completing his education at Kamloops High School, he attended the University of British Columbia where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1958 and a Bachelor of Law in 1961. Following his graduation, Patrick completed his articles with Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken) and was admitted to the bar in 1962. He then returned to his hometown of Kamloops where he practiced criminal law for a decade at what is now known as Fulton LLP, the oldest law firm in BC.

In 1972, Patrick was appointed to the County Court in Kamloops, and in 1980, he was elevated to the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. Eventually, he reached the position of Associate Chief Justice in 1995 and remained in that role until his mandatory retirement at the age of 75. Throughout his career, Patrick displayed a love for his work as a judge. He valued the camaraderie of the Court and took pleasure in mentoring new judges and providing guidance to young lawyers who appeared before him. Patrick approached the law in a pragmatic manner, making decisions that prioritized doing what was right over strict adherence to the law. He had a genuine desire to solve problems and address issues in a practical manner.

In his retirement, Patrick cherished the additional time he had to spend with Barbara and their family, including their standard poodles. He maintained his routine of attending morning Mass, tending to his antique clock collection, and gardening in his yard, where he cultivated beautiful roses and dahlias that he often shared with loved ones. During the winter months, Patrick and Barbara enjoyed their time together in Palm Springs, relishing the warm weather and spending peaceful days reading.

The Dohm Family expresses their gratitude to the nurses and doctors at Vancouver General Hospital, as well as to Dr. Marcel Genest, Dr. Jorge Fernando Denegri, and personal caregiver Portia, for their kind and compassionate care. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held in Patrick’s honor on Monday, August 21, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Parish in Vancouver. The family kindly requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia or Covenant House in lieu of flowers.

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