The Honourable Thomas Clarkson Wakeling
1984 - 1999 Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal
Thomas C. Wakeling was born in Saskatoon on May 19, 1924. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in May 1943 and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of flying officer, having served in Canada as an elementary flying instructor. In 1946, he married Peggy Munro and they had three children: Thomas W. Wakeling, Q.C. (Audrey), Robbie M. Wakeling (Virginia), and Margaret E. Lockwood (Eric).
In 1949, Mr. Wakeling graduated with distinction from the Law College at the University of Saskatchewan. From 1949 to 1950, Mr. Wakeling articled in Lloydminster with V.U. Miner, Q.C. and practiced there with Mr. Miner from 1950 to 1957. Mr. Wakeling was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1950 and to the Alberta Bar in 1953. In 1957, he moved to Regina and practiced with the firm of MacPherson, Leslie & Tyerman until 1963 when he became a partner in the firm of McDougall, Ready and Wakeling. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1971 and was appointed to the Court of Appeal in December of 1984.
Over the years, Justice Wakeling took an active part in the leadership of the legal profession. He was provincial president of the Canadian Bar Association from 1970 to 1972, a bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan from 1973 to 1979 and president of the Law Society of Saskatchewan from 1978 to 1979. Justice Wakeling was also active in community service, often taking on a leadership role. He served as the president of the Regina Kiwanis Club, Lieutenant Governor of the Western Division of Kiwanis International, president of the Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Red Cross, president of the Regina YMCA, and president of the Wascana Country Club. Justice Wakeling served as the Chairman of the Saskatchewan Police Commission from 1975 to 1984.
Justice Wakeling retired from the Bench on May 19, 1999. He became involved in a number of mediations and he served as the Chair of the Arbitration Board to establish a wage scale for the Regina City Police. He passed away in Regina, Saskatchewan on November 19, 2005.