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Roger Colenso Carter OC, QC, SOM, LL.D. March 23, 1922 February 10, 2009 Peacefully, with family by his side, at Sherbrooke Community Centre, Saskatoon. Devoted and dearly loved husband of 61 years to Madam Justice (retired) Mary Yvonne (Munn) Carter. Loving father of Stephen (Jacqueline), Sarah (Walter), Martha (Brian), Michael (Karen), Mark (Lois) and Adam (Marnie). Proud grandfather of Marshall, Colleen and Alexander Carter, Mary Hildebrandt, Catherine, Elizabeth and Rebecca Ulmer, Naomi Schaab (Darcy), Rachel Mowat (Brad), Caleb and Zachary Carter, Susanna and Eve Keller, Ava and Samuel Carter. Son of the late George and Nell (Weaver) Carter. Brother of the late Evelyn (Bill) Affleck. Roger was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and he was (unhappily) uprooted to Victoria, BC in 1931. After serving as a pilot in the R.C.A.F., he returned to his beloved home province, where he met and married Mary, receiving his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1947. He articled with Peter Makaroff, Q.C. in 1947 and practiced in the firm Makaroff Carter and Carter with his wife Mary. In 1958 he was appointed Queen's Counsel. He joined the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in 1963, and served as dean from 1968 74. He completed a Master of Law degree from the University of Michigan in 1968. In 1973 he launched the University of Saskatchewan's Program of Legal Studies for Native People, serving as founding director. He was very proud of the number of successful graduates of the program. In 1974 he resigned as dean to assist in establishing Saskatchewan's legal aid plan. In 1975 he became founding director of the Native Law Centre where he remained until 1981. On retirement he was named professor emeritus of law. Recipient of numerous awards and honours including an honourary doctorate of laws from Queen's University (1981), Companion of the Order of Gabriel Dumont (1989), honourary member of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada (1989), the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (1998), Distinguished Service Award, Canadian Bar Association (1999) and Officer of the Order of Canada (2001). A gifted photographer, family members will always cherish his images of his children and grandchildren, and of his favourite haunts such as the Cypress Hills and the beautiful prairie garden he tended with Mary over many decades. We will also keenly miss his sense of humour. He entertained grandchildren with his array of costumes, and skewed poetry such as (apologies to Rupert Brooke) If I should die, think only this of me. That there's some corner of a foreign field that is forever Moose Jaw. Special thanks to his caregivers at Sherbrooke and especially to Crystal Polowick. A celebration of Roger's life will take place at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at the Chapel of the Saskatoon Funeral Home. Donations in Roger's memory may be made to the Saskatoon Friendship Inn, 619-20th St. W., S7M 0X8 and/or the Roger Carter Scholarship Fund, c/o Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Room 160-15 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, S7N 5A6. Condolences may be emailed to [email protected] Arrangements are entrusted to the SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME, 338 4th Ave. N., Saskatoon, 244-5577. 1320432
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Feb. 12 to Feb. 17, 2009
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