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Raymond A. MacDonald

The Honourable Raymond A. MacDonald

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1965 - 1981   Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench
1981 - 1984   Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal

Raymond MacDonald was originally from Saskatoon. In 1938, he graduated from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. He moved to Regina in 1939 and practiced law with John A. Fraser, Q.C. Like so many of his generation, he answered the call of his country and enlisted in the Canadian Army where he served overseas.

After the war he returned to Regina to practice law. He was respected by his professional colleagues and enjoyed the confidence of his many clients. He found time for family, as well as civic and professional affairs. In 1964 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

In 1965, he was appointed as a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench, serving in that capacity until 1981 when he was appointed to the Court of Appeal. He served on the Court until his retirement in November of 1984.

After his retirement, he was actively involved in civic affairs. He served as a member and Chairman of the Board of Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home and was the first Chairman of the Board of Regents of Campion College.

When Justice MacDonald died in November of 1991, his friend and colleague Justice C.F. Tallis of the Court of Appeal gave the eulogy at his funeral. Justice Tallis said that Justice MacDonald’s life was "marked by loving kindness, a spirit of compassion and charity that pervaded all his relationships." He went on to say, "As a lawyer I had the privilege of appearing before Ray MacDonald as a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench. Beneath his quiet and controlled public reserve lay an instinctive passion for justice and fair play. [...] As an appellate judge he left his mark. For me his quiet dignity at the conference table was marked with a sense of fairness and justice in approaching issues. His influence and conduct will be a legacy and guide for the Court."

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