Darrell passed away peacefully. Born in Vancouver, B.C, he spent his working life in the city before retiring to Saltspring Island and Victoria.

Married to his loving and supportive wife, Marion, for 66 years, he is fondly remembered by his children, Randall (Donna), Darion, Marrell (Michael) and his grandchildren, Emily, Claire and Harrison.

He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy during WW2 as a marine wireless operator. After the war, he graduated from UBC with a degree in Law (LLB) and Arts (BA). He had a prominent career in law, as a Prosecutor before being appointed to the Bench. He volunteered in many charitable organizations, primarily as President of the Canadian Red Cross and Vice President of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Society in Geneva. Darrell loved the sea. He built his first boat, raced Lightnings, competed in the Vic-Maui, and served as Commodore in Vancouver at the RVYC in 1984. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed travel, London was a favourite, and spent a year travelling around the world with his family in the early 70’s.

Remembered as a dignified, witty, caring and accomplished man. He always strived to do the best for his family and country. He will be missed by all who loved him, especially his family.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Rick O’Brien
    July 9, 2019

    I met Darrell in the early beginnings of my career—which began with 18 years at the Red Cross. Darrell was our President, a leader…and we, the staff, were so appreciative of the talent, commitment and “team spirit” he brought to our work. We knew he believed in our Society’s mission and he proved it every day of his term. He was a fine man, a real gentleman and he was a great President.

    I am so sorry for your loss but feel good, having read your beautiful obituary. He lived a spectacular life with you and left a footprint. No surprise, there. Good for him.

  • Ian Grant
    July 8, 2019

    Dear Marion, We were very sorry to hear about Darrell. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. We remember with gratitude the kindness and friendly advice from you both as we set out on our married life together, with more thanks for the real estate transactions! Despite our good intentions Life gets in the way of maintaining contact. Life such as children, deaths, weddings, grandchildren living in other parts of Canada, 9 years of ocean sailing visiting far off foreign countries, constant travel in retirement and so on.
    We send you our sympathy.
    Best wishes,
    Ian and Susan Grant

  • Roy Ballam
    July 7, 2019

    I first knew Darrell when he initially came to the City Prosecutors’ office. I knew him as he was appointed a Judge, working very closely with him in both capacities and always enjoyed his friendship personally, and admired his ethics and understanding when performing both above duties. I will always remember Darrell as a really nice man.
    Roy Ballam, retired sitting Justice of the Peace.

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