EASTWOOD, J. Douglas, QC
John Douglas (Doug) Eastwood, QC. Born February 3, 1964 in Toronto, Ontario. Passed away suddenly on April 22, 2018 from a heart attack, surrounded by friends. Beloved son of the late John Eastwood and the late Victoria Eastwood-Milne. Survived by his sisters, Janet and Ellen and brother-in-law Brian De Ville. Sadly missed by his extended family, professional colleagues and many friends.
Doug spent his early years in Ottawa, attaining a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Carleton University in 1986. Moving to Vancouver in 1987, he earned a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of British Columbia in 1990.
His distinguished career as Senior Litigation Counsel for the B.C. Ministry of Attorney General spanned 27 years, leading to his appointment as Queen's Counsel in 2013. During the course of his career, Doug appeared before all levels of the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada on various occasions. His extremely busy practice covered everything from public injunctions and complex forestry compensation claims to the most challenging cases for children in care. He also served as a Member Designate for the BC Council of Human Rights and a stint as Strategic Advisor to the Deputy Attorney.
Devoted to public service, Doug served with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa as a young man. He joined the Board of Governors of the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in 2011 and served three years as its Chair, where he was instrumental in the development of the Institute's new strategic direction. He also held high-ranking volunteer positions at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Passionate about politics from his earliest years, Doug began his political involvement serving as a junior delegate in the 1984 Liberal leadership convention. Through the years, he volunteered his time on many campaigns at all levels of government.
Doug was a proud member of the BC recovery community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Lawyer Assistance Program (Law Society) and The Last Door Recovery Society. He gave generously of his time and energy to anyone seeking recovery support, most notably through The Last Door.
Witty and charismatic, Doug made friends everywhere he went. A world traveller and advocate for the LGBTQ community, his boundless energy made him an accomplished athlete (soccer and hockey), fitness devotee and passionate fan of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Doug also possessed a fierce intellectual curiosity that fed his interest in history, politics and governance.
A celebration of Doug's life will take place on Friday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. at The Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street, 4th Floor, Vancouver. Reception to follow.
Remembrances may be made to The Last Door Recovery Society (lastdoor.org
) or the J. Douglas Eastwood Memorial Fund at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (https://www.support.jibc.ca/SSLPage.aspx?pid=298
Walkey & Company Funeral Directors 604 738-0006