PAPE, Arthur Charles
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Age 70, died from pancreatic cancer on December 6, 2012. Arthur was born in 1942 in Toronto, Ontario to Benjamin David Pape and Grace Heller Pape. He is survived by two sisters: Carolyn Cowan (Phil Cowan) and Audrey Cole (Allan Kennedy). Arthur led an intellectual and political life guided by integrity and social justice: in the early 1960's he was active in the nuclear disarmament movement in Canada; he worked with the Student Union Peace Action (SUPA), the civil rights movement and was integral in driving community activism within the Company of Young Canadians. After working in education and film, Art went to law school and in 1982 Art started the law firm of Pape and Salter, now Pape Salter Teillet. Through his tireless work on behalf of his clients, he helped shape the current law on aboriginal rights and title in Canada. Art was a dignified man who had a calming and reassuring presence in his private life. In the courtroom, he was a formidable advocate. He is survived by Maxine Pape, Judi Hashmall and his three children: Lisa Dafoe, Jada Pape and Josh Pape; his three grandchildren, Sarah and Clayton Dafoe and Nora Pape. In honor of Art's beautiful life and the work to which he was so committed there will be a West Coast memorial on Sunday, January 27th at 2 pm at UBC's First Nations House of Learning.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 5, 2013