Canada's Longest-Practising Lawyer Dies at 97


Henry Walsh was a Jewish Lawyer from Manitoba who helped abolish capital punishment


By: DANIELLE KUBES  
Published: February 25th 2011
in News » Local

Harry Walsh

Harry Walsh, the longest-practising lawyer in Canada and heavily involved with creating the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, died in a Winnipeg hospital yesterday at age 97 after developing complications from a recent fall.

 

Walsh had been practicing law for over seven decades and worked every day until the fall, reports CBC.

 

"He's the reason I am what I am, he was there for me every day," Greg Brodsky, also a noted Winnipeg criminal lawyer, told the CBC.

 

Among his other achievements, he fought in World War Two as a lance-bombardier with the Royal Canadian Artillery.

 

His achievements in the legal world were recognized earlier this year when he was made an officer of the Order of Canada. He will be remembered for helping abolish Capital Punishment.

 

"On Aug. 25, 1975, the Resolution for the Abolition of Capital Punishment, proposed by Harry Walsh, was passed by the Plenary Session of the Canadian Bar Association in Quebec City," an online biography said, reports the CBC.

 

"This was hailed as the most important piece of legislation in the 20th century," the biography said.



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