Well known Nanaimo lawyer Basil Hobbs, founding member of downtown's Hobbs Hargrove Barristers, Solicitors & Notaries Public, recently passed away at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
In the legal field, Hobbs was able to pursue his passion for marine law while making a successful practice of corporate law. Hobbs' genuine passion for benevolence saw him elected as president of the Lawyer's Benevolent Association.
But his life-long love of the sea led him to become an avid sailor, plying the waters of B.C. first in the Spirit of the Cutty Sark and more recently in the Windward Passage.
Hobbs served as commodore of the Nanaimo Yacht Club as well as chairman of the annual Snake Island Nanaimo Cutty Sark Regatta.
Born in Montreal, Hobbs had many other interests as well, and served as president of the Nanaimo Rotary Club and followed his grandfather, Basil Deacon Hobbs, into the fraternity of Free Masonry.
He eventually became the master of lodges in Nanaimo and Tofino.
Hobbs also became the leader of Royal Arch Masonry for B.C. and Yukon and later the representative of Grand Master for Central Vancouver Island.
Hobbs is mourned by sisters Wendy and Susan, brothers Duncan and Derek, nephews Jonathan, Bryan, Roger, Derek, nieces Melissa, Christina, close cousin Lief Scott and long-time friend John MacIntosh.
"I served on the Canadian Bar Association benevolent committee with Basil who was our chairman and compassionate leader," said colleague F. Kenneth Walton in memory of his friend and fellow lawyer.
"I am so sorry for his sudden passing. Basil was a kind and thoughtful leader and we shall miss his wise counsel. My condolences to his family. We have lost a wonderful human being."
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