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Percival H. Gordon

The Honourable Percival H. Gordon

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1935 - 1961   Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal

Percival H. Gordon was born in Qu’Appelle on January 27, 1884, one year after his family emigrated from Scotland. The young Gordon worked at an early age to ease the financial burden on the family caused by the death of his father, who had been a lawyer in Regina. At 15, Gordon’s right arm was amputated due to a shotgun accident at Qu’Appelle. Despite this handicap, he became an outstanding athlete at school and university, excelling in high jump, discus and running.

Mr. Gordon was educated at Trinity College in Port Hope, Ontario. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1905 and his Masters degree in 1906.

Mr. Gordon immediately moved back to Regina and articled with his older brother, A.L. Gordon. He was called to the Saskatchewan bar in 1908. That same year, he married Hattie S. Kennedy of Dixie, Ontario. The Gordon brothers had a successful practice. In 1922, the elder Gordon retired and by 1928, Mr. Percival Gordon was the head of a legal staff of 50. He worked primarily for the C.P.R., insurance companies and farm implement dealers. In 1930-31, he represented the federal government on the Saskatchewan Relief Commission. In 1933-34, he represented Saskatchewan before the Dysart Commission on natural resources. In 1934, he was admitted to the bar in Ontario and practiced in Toronto for 18 months before returning to Regina.

From 1921-1942, Mr. Gordon served as chancellor of the Anglican diocese of Qu’Appelle. He was the wartime leader of the Canadian Red Cross and in 1941-1944, he chaired the national executive.

Mr. Gordon was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1935. He retired from the Court in March of 1961, returning to the practice of law as associate counsel for the firm of Embury, Molisky, Gritzfeld and Embury in Regina. Upon his return to practice, Justice Gordon represented doctors who sought to have the 1962 Medicare legislation declared invalid. Chief Justice Martin stated that Justice Gordon was the greatest authority on Court of Appeal practice in his era. Justice Gordon died in April 1975.

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