Brian William Ferriman McLoughlin QC
  • 86 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 4, 1927
  • Place of birth:
    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Date of passing: Jun 11, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Equality under the law means little or nothing, unless the citizen has the help of those trained to understand the rules.

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Brian was born in Victoria, BC on October 4, 1927. He was educated at St. Michael's School, Oak Bay High, and Victoria College, before entering law school at UBC. Called to the Bar in 1950, he joined the firm, Lawrence, Shaw & McFarlane, later Lang Michener. In 1971 he was appointed Queen's Counsel, and in 1984 he served as Treasurer (President) of the Law Society of British Columbia. A Life Bencher, Brian was known as a tenacious litigator, sometimes referred to by colleagues as "Bulldog McLoughlin." In retirement, he undertook several pro-bono cases, to which he devoted many hours. Justice, integrity, generosity - these were the values he lived by.

Brian had a passion for open wheel motor racing. After taking up the sport in his 40's, he enlisted his teenage son and daughter as pit-crew while his wife Sarah learned film-making in order to record his many successful races that included a Pacific Northwest Championship.

A strong believer in community service, Brian served as the first president of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Association, Governor of York House School, as well as dedicating time to the Council for Canadian Unity, and the BC Safety Council.

A staunch federalist and proud Canadian, Brian had a long time interest in learning French. He supported school programs that encouraged exchanges with students from Quebec and proudly displayed a bumper sticker "My Canada includes Quebec!"

With his wife of 57 years, Brian developed a hazelnut farm on Vancouver Island near Courtenay. This eleven-acre seaside property (no longer a nut farm) has been gifted to the Comox-Strathcona Regional District as the McLoughlin Gardens.

Brian will be remembered for his keen interest in people, his sense of humour, his great love of Canada and his commitment to making the world a better place. His principal reason for joining the legal profession was to "stick up for the little guy!" During his 63 years as a member of the Law Society he upheld the value of lawyers in a free society. "The balance between the strong and the weak is kept not by the law alone, but by the law with the assistance of the lawyer."

He leaves behind his faithful wife Sarah (nee Pullen), favourite son Michael (Sue), devoted daughter Margo and three beloved grand-children - Sam, Ben, and Stephanie Walker (Brandon).

Predeceased by his cousin Sylvia Bendrodt (Eric) whom Brian cared for deeply and his step sister Helen Davidson (Derek).

Survived by his elder brother John* (Ruth) with whom he shared many adventures at home and in business, and his step brother Bill (Barney) with whom he shared the inspiring life of his step father Harry Robinson who was married to his courageous mother Phyllis (nee Salsbury).

A service was held at St. Mary's Anglican Church, 2490 West 37th Avenue on Thursday, July 10th at 3 p.m.

Donations in memory of Brian were made to the Comox Valley Land Trust, PO Box 3462, Courtenay BC, V9N 5N5

Brian is buried in Mountain View Cemetary in Vancouver, along with his mother Phyllis and his brother John. They are buried at the William F. Salsbury plot. 

*John McLoughlin passed away on July 1st, 2014 - 20 days after Brian passed.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by sally wait on 4th October 2017

"Hi Sarah, This just came up on my computer. My goodness so many years since we were kids. do you remember when you and I drove to Halifax rom Ottawa. We were 16 or 17 and the winters at Stadacona. I live near Sidney 48 years now. Am coming to Vancouver next week the 16 Oct. any chance of getting together? 250-652-2079"

This tribute was added by Debra Jensen on 11th June 2017

"Sarah, Margo & Michael,

  Lee and I are thinking of you on this 3rd year anniversary of your husband and fathers passing."

This tribute was added by David Avren on 16th June 2016

"Character, determination, perseverance, humour, zeal, loyalty, obstinacy, dash, a fighter, honourable, righteous. Brian McLoughlin.

So many points of intersection: Oak Bay, St. Michael's School, law, litigation, Lawrence and Shaw, then the cottage by the sea for a visit or two.

A remarkable man, a memorable man, an honorable man, a good man.

My colleagues and I, all formerly associates at Lawrence and Shaw in the latter stages of his career, remember Brian well and fondly and honour his memory."

This tribute was added by Lucy Pullen on 11th June 2016

"Thought of Brian yesterday, while remembering an adventure toward Margo's garden, where I first properly met Brian as an adult.  I arrived in Comox unexpectedly, hitch-hiking from the east coast without a penny, and surprised the family who, returning home in the early evening found me walking toward them from the perennials. We had a great three day visit at Foxglove Farm. As a child the nuts of Foxglove Farm of made their way east in Christmas boxes. The bolts were of were to become apparent. With Brian there were  rapid, intense question and answer periods and an array of rigorous regimes with varying degrees of transparency. You may not know there is an airport in Campbell River. Brian found a flight through Vancouver to Halifax from there, to my surprise, dropped me off and sent me on my way. That summer marked the start of something, a connection I suppose, that set the tone for twenty years of frank exchanges, said straight out from the brave part of one's heart.  Love to you all. Lucy"

This tribute was added by Helen McDonald on 16th June 2015

"Our family always enjoyed seeing Brian at The Alders on Vancouver Island.  We would spend beach time with the children in early years, and in later years, Sarah and Brian often came down to visit.  My husband Peter enjoyed  many lively political discussions with Brian. He was such an intelligent man with a sense of humour as well. I know he is missed by many.
Helen McDonald"

This tribute was added by Jemes D Helmcken on 12th June 2015

"Although Brian is no longer physically present, the eight decades of our shared experiences provide indelible memories."

This tribute was added by Debra Jensen on 11th June 2015

"Lee and I have been thinking a great deal of Brian lately, remembering  how generous he was to us of his time, legal skills and knowledge. He really cared about others, especially "the little guy".
We miss him dearly.  

Debra and Lee Jensen"

This tribute was added by Kirsten MacIntyre on 11th June 2015

"Thinking of you all Mike, Margot and Sarah... Your dad was a great friend of my dad Tony Bull. Brian will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by David Ker on 6th December 2014

"to Sarah, our condolences, sympathy and love from Lis and David"

This tribute was added by Mike McLoughlin on 4th October 2014

"Today is Dad's birthday. He would have been 87 years old. I have added two photos to the collection. 1973 headshot. Photo of Sarah's painting of his first racing car - Bob Trickett's formula V."

This tribute was added by Mike McLoughlin on 25th July 2014

"Final additions to this website are in the story of the joint internment on July 23rd, 2014. Also, I have added the Order of service and reading for the graveside internment service for brothers John and Brian McLoughlin."

This tribute was added by Gisèle Yasmeen on 20th July 2014

"My belated condolences to the McLoughlin family.  I enjoyed working with Brian when I was Regional Director of the Canadian Unity Council from October 2001- December 2004.  My sympathies and with fond memories..."

This tribute was added by Susan Davidson on 16th July 2014

"Sarah, Margo, Michael and family,
Thank you for putting together this website and for the moving memorial service last week. The love and support that I received from Brian over the past several years has been much appreciated and will be forever missed.
Much love, Susan (Brian's niece)"

This tribute was added by chris harvey on 14th July 2014

"Brian had a lively puckish sense of humour that I always enjoyed. He was fun to be with and always came out with something unexpected.  Bears in the hazelnut trees notwithstanding, he gave the impression of delighting in a problem because overcoming it gave him a chance to exercise his ingenuity. He and Sarah were very generous.  The world will be less without him."

This tribute was added by Paul Ziakin on 13th July 2014

"My heart felt condolences to Brians family.  Its hard to lose a loved one.  Brian was my landlord at the Foul Bay House in Victoria.  My wife and I have been renting the suite on the main floor for two years now.
I enjoyed Brians quick wit, and his stubborn refusal to back down.  Refreshing in this day of No conflict at any cost.   He was always ready to tussle intellectually and he was Great verbal jouster!   He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Mike McLoughlin on 11th July 2014

"I have added the Order of Service and the text of the eulogies presented by Michael and Margo McLoughlin to the His Life section plus the readings by Stephanie Walker (nee McLoughlin) and Sam McLoughlin Thank you to everyone who came to the Memorial service. It was a great comfort to see so many family and friends there."

This tribute was added by Bruce Morrison on 10th July 2014

"As a lawyer Brian was both an elegant gentleman and a fierce advocate.
He remained a mentor to me throughout my career as a lawyer following my articles at Lawrence and Shaw.
As a person Brian possessed the qualities of decency, integrity,fairness as well as a special passion for linguistic equality throughout Canada.
I will especially miss our summer visits to the farm at Williams Beach and the joy we experienced together watching Formula 1 Grand Prix races.
Our sincere condolences to Sarah, Mike, Margo"

This tribute was added by Debra Jensen on 10th July 2014

My wife, Gudrun, and I are very sad to hear of Brian's passing. He was great company to be with and was able to talk with a great deal of enthusiasm on so many topics. I particularly enjoyed our chats about motor racing as he had once been a driver himself. We send our sympathy and best wishes to Brian's loving family.

David Jensen, London, England"

This tribute was added by Debra Jensen on 10th July 2014

We were the fortunate recipients of Brian's (or Mr. McLoughlin as Debra always insisted on calling him) "pro bono" legal work, as we were the "little guy" and he took us under his wing. It was not an easy case and consumed many hours. The odds were stacked against us but Brian, the legal champion he was, would not relent stating "Justice must be done". In the end we succeeded.  During that case we began our longtime friendship and he will be forever in our hearts and thoughts.

We last visited Brian several weeks ago at South Granville Park Lodge, meeting his daughter Margo for the first time. Brian was in fine spirits and we shared much laughter and memories.

We will truly miss our annual Christmas get-togethers, where Debra ensured that Brian would be fixed for chocolate for the coming months.

Brian was a true gentleman of the highest order, and it was our privilege to know him over the last two decades. He always spoke most highly of Sarah and his family.

Our sincere condolences to Sarah and the rest of the family. Please know that we, along with others, considered him a great man.

Lee & Debra Jensen, Vancouver, British Columbia"

This tribute was added by Bill Robinson on 9th July 2014

"Good By to you and  brother John
Brother Bill"

This tribute was added by Mike McDonald on 9th July 2014

"I could always count on an annual conversation with Brian over issues concerning the state of the nation, and his passionate interest in federalism.  It's people like Brian, who take an interest in such issues, that are the glue that hold Canada together.  A great, longtime friend of our family, our condolences to Sarah, Mike, and Margo and family."

This tribute was added by Bill Robinson on 9th July 2014

"Good By Brian
Brother Bill"

This tribute was added by r paley on 6th July 2014

"My condolences go out to Sarah and family.
I only knew Mr. McLoughlin for a brief 3 or 4 days and I thought to myself he is a interesting character.
Take care."

This tribute was added by Helen DaSilva on 4th July 2014

"My condolences to the family.  I am sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Rosalind Dawes on 4th July 2014

"I am so sorry to hear that John McLouhgin died too.  My sincere condolences, how heart wrenching for you to lose two family members in a matter of weeks.   I remember John coming in to visit Brian many times at Lawrence & Shaw in the 11 years I was there.  Sincerely, Rosalind"

This tribute was added by Mike McLoughlin on 2nd July 2014

"More sad news. Brian's brother John McLoughlin just passed away yesterday in Victoria. Our family shares the sorrow of John's family. Brian and John were very close. It is so sad to lose both of them in the space of three weeks."

This tribute was added by stan stordy on 28th June 2014

"Conversations during many afternoon teas and shared anniversary dinners revealed a Brian of honor, integrity and humor. His passionate belief in the place of Quebec in Canada was unshakable. Brian would drive 500 miles in his beloved Porsche to contest a speeding ticket just for the excuse to drive. He often won. Chocolate was his weakness.
He is much missed by Claire an I."

This tribute was added by John Conroy on 28th June 2014

"While I have not seen Brian in many years I always had fond memories of my interactions with him as a fine gentleman and inspiration to me then as a young lawyer. RIP Brian."

This tribute was added by P & M Strachan on 27th June 2014

"Brian's passing has left a gap in many lives.
For years we were neighbours and door step flyer and "Courier" removers when the McL's went to the "farm" or Hawaii. We enjoyed many a cup of tea, wide ranging exchange of views, and neighbourhood news updates.
Cars too were a shared interest and we made some enjoyable sunny day drives during Brian's recent illness.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Sarah and family.
Pat and Mike"

This tribute was added by roger salomon on 26th June 2014

"So sorry to hear the news about Brian.  He was a great racer and did so much for the sport. He is missed.
Roger Salomon and the members of META"

This tribute was added by Peter Jones on 26th June 2014

"I remember my first collaboration with Brian - the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Bar Association at Vancouver in 1968.  We were members of a four person panel chaired by John Turner.  The subject was Quebec and the importance of the French Language to the Canadian Federation. Brian spoke effectively in French for part of his remarks.

I suspected that he had been taking lessons in preparation for the event.  . That would be Brian:  whatever he decided to do he would commit heart and soul to the project.  

This long ago event established a friendship to complement the kindness and grace of his wife, my cousin, Sarah.  

My wife, Marg Anne, and I will keep in touch with Sarah and the McLoughlin family.
Peter Jones"

This tribute was added by NICK ROCHE on 26th June 2014

"I am glad my dad was there to look after Brian when he had his appendicitis and I am sure he is now going wheel to wheel with PLN"

This tribute was added by Tracey Kennedy on 26th June 2014

"Working in the litigation dept. at L&S was always exciting with Brian around.  I was a young legal sec and was fascinated by his work and how everyone respected him.  When I named my daughter, Briana, he came up to me and said, "Oh, you named your daughter after me, how wonderful" and he laughed and walked away.  He was a kind man and I will always remember him.  Rest in Peace Mr. McLoughlin."

This tribute was added by Geoffrey Cowper on 26th June 2014

"My encounters with Brian were primarily as a young opponent.
He treated me with the same respect (and determined opposition) as he would any senior lawyer. He was always kind to me and interested in how I was making out as a young lawyer."

This tribute was added by Harold Ridgeway on 26th June 2014

"Brian, you were the definition of a true partner in the old (and best) professional sense of the word.  Thank you."

This tribute was added by janet carter on 26th June 2014

"Our condolenses Sarah and family.  Many beach memories of Brian, he will me missed, but never forgotten.  
Harley and Janet Carter and family  Merville, BC"

This tribute was added by s slater on 26th June 2014

"Living out in the country, we could always count on tea next door with Brian and Sarah to have lovely greetings and to have usually a chat about politics, books, history, the environment, and even the definition of a word.  Brian was enlightening but was always interested in the lives of others as well, no matter what profession.
We hope to visit the fabulous gardens again; a testament to the love of the land and to hard working folks
We send our condolences Sarah
Sheila, Neil, Sophie - now in Edm, AB"

This tribute was added by Bill King on 25th June 2014

"Brian May you win many races where you are now. You were an inspiration on the track. A dedicated and talented driver.
My sympathy to you Sarah and your family.
Love Bill King."

This tribute was added by Wilson Wong on 25th June 2014

"I am in shock to hear such a sad news reaching me tonight. I lighted a candle for Brian. I am thinking about Sarah, their children and grandchildren.

I knew Brian on our legal battle with LSI Logic. Brian, David Martin (then representing CP Pension and I were on the Minority Shareholders Committee fighting for our rights. It was a case of David versus Goliath. Many didn't think we stood a chance against a big US corporation. I watched how Brian and David managed the case with admiration. Three years later, we had a settlement for all the minority shareholders. Brian truly is a "bulldog McLoughlin".

My deepest condolences to your family. May memories of Brian live on within us.

Be strong, Sarah!"

This tribute was added by Stewart Enderton on 25th June 2014

"My memory of Brian goes back to my articling days - way back in the50s.He was a great guy then and remained so.  I worked, in later years, at the firm and my favourite of the firm was Brian.
I was terribly shocked and sad to read that Brian was gone. My deepest condolences to Sarah and the children."

This tribute was added by Troy Vliet on 25th June 2014

"I had the pleasure of building a home next door to Brian on Cypress street. He made sure we stayed in line :) We had our differences during construction however we found it within ourselves to shake hands when the project was complete. In the end we found a true common interest in cars. Farewell Brian. I am a better person for having met you.

I am so sorry for your loss Sarah
Troy Van Vliet"

This tribute was added by john davies on 25th June 2014

"Farewell Brian we will miss you. On behalf of SMUS I thank you for your generous support of our Quebec Exchange Program. Countless students of ours traveled to La Belle Province to gain an understanding of the province's role within Canada. All who traveled came home with great memories and supported Brian's view of Canada."

This tribute was added by Diana Reid on 23rd June 2014

"Brian was a consummate gentleman who valued  integrity , commanded respect and earned trust.

I joined " LASH" in 1980 and my memories of Brian remain vivid, from assisting in timing laps at Westwood to the honour of being taken to lunch at the Vancouver Club by the 'Senior Partner ', long before Ladies could even walk through the front door.  We stayed in touch over the years, 20 years on I had the pleasure of taking Brian, as my guest to the Club and then we alternated . And the photographs reminded me that my first car came from MCL Motors, a Fiat Spider, notwithstanding Brian's valiant attempts to persuade me a TR6 would be the wiser choice.

I too offer my most sincere condolences to Sarah and the family, I can only imagine the sense of loss you must feel at this very sad time.

Diana Reid"

This tribute was added by elizabeth urquhart on 23rd June 2014

"Dear Sarah, Michael, Margo and family.  Our thoughts are with all of you. Brian has left behind a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Much love,  Don and Libby Urquhart (daughter of brother John)"

This tribute was added by Diane Cruickshank on 22nd June 2014

"Sarah, Mike and Margo we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Diane and Martin"

This tribute was added by Dennis Murray on 22nd June 2014

"My mentor as a student and fledgling lawyer, such a role model far beyond the practice of law. Brilliant, quietly powerful and immensely kind and fun.  His signature on my life is written in indelible ink and his footprint generally amazing. I will continue in times of uncertainty, to ask myself  "what would Brian do?"  Sarah and family, my deepest sympathy for your loss."

This tribute was added by Silveria Roselli on 21st June 2014

"Dear Sarah,

Thinking about you this evening.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Respectfully,  Silveria Roselli"

This tribute was added by Deborah Sundberg on 19th June 2014

"We are so sorry for your loss.  Brian was a wonderful person and he will be missed.
Brad, Debbie and Family
(Merville neighbours)"

This tribute was added by Tom Johnston on 19th June 2014

"RIP Brian.
Rocky and I will miss you.
Tom Johnston"

This tribute was added by Adele Pley on 18th June 2014

"Brian, you were a true inspiration that I wish we had known better but unfortunately distance was a factor.
Our Sincere condolences to your family,
Adele, Mike, David, Melissa and Matthew Pley
(Middle daughter of Peter and Helen McLoughlin)"

This tribute was added by Peter McLoughlin on 18th June 2014

"Brian was a great guy - one of the best who influenced all he touched. A very dedicated Canadian, who was extremely helpful with Sylvia through her long travails with MS.  In my opinion he was one of the main reasons she stayed alive so long.
May you rest in peace, Brian, you deserve to.

Love, Peter"

This tribute was added by Rosalind Dawes on 16th June 2014

"RIP Brian.  Lots of fond memories of my time working for you at Lawrence & Shaw for 11 years.  You will never be forgotten, especially your excellent sense of humour, which got us through some very stressful times when working on a case.  My sincere condolences to Sarah, Michael, Margo and family."

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