The Honourable Russell Brownridge
1959 - 1961 Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench
1961 - 1988 Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal
Russell Brownridge was born in Saskatoon on November 23, 1914, the second of six sons. His father Alvin was a CPR man. The family moved to Moose Jaw in 1919, where he attended public school. Upon his graduation, he took a one-year commercial course at the Moose Jaw Technical School, which enabled him to work as a stenographer-bookkeeper and earn enough money to attend university. He attended the University of Saskatchewan and worked in the law library during the summers. He was an active participant in student affairs, such as debating and dramatics. He enjoyed politics and worked on John Diefenbaker’s unsuccessful 1938 campaign.
Mr. Brownridge obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in 1937 and graduated from the College of Law in 1939. He articled for John Diefenbaker until Mr. Diefenbaker was elected to the House of Commons in 1940. He completed his articles under William Ross of Moose Jaw. In 1942, he married Mary E. Roycroft. The couple had two sons, Robert and James.
Mr. Brownridge practiced law in Moose Jaw with Tom Schollie. He was involved in politics, running unsuccessfully as a Conservative in the 1944 provincial election. Mr. Brownridge was a Moose Jaw alderman for five years, and he ran unsuccessfully for mayor.
Mr. Brownridge was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1959 and to the Court of Appeal in 1961. He served the appellate court until 1988.
Justice Brownridge was active in the community. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club for 41 years, and served as the Club's Lieutenant Governor. He was on the board of directors of the Moose Jaw Union Hospital, the YMCA, the United Way and the public library. He was the president of the Saskatchewan division of the Red Cross and was the first person from Saskatchewan elected as the national president of the Canadian Red Cross Society. He was chairman of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. While in Regina, Justice Brownridge and his wife, Mary, were avid supporters of the arts community, and he served on the board of the Regina Symphony Orchestra.
The Court of Appeal Judges and staff were fortunate each Christmas season to be entertained by Mr. Brownridge's jokes and historic stories, including the year Mr. Brownridge turned 90 years of age. He died in Regina, Saskatchewan on November 3, 2005.