Loss of the Honorable William W. Kenneth Moore, CM, LL.D, Q.C.


BD&P partners and staff are deeply saddened by the recent loss of the "Chief" who passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 31, 2016. The Chief presided in Alberta courts for nearly 30 years, accepting an appointment to the Supreme Court of Alberta, Trial Division in 1972, an elevation to Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1981 and to Chief Justice in 1984. Ken continued as Chief Justice until retirement from the Bench in 2000. Ken was the longest sitting Chief Justice in Alberta and quickly earned the admiration and respect of the Alberta Bar as a fair and reasoned judge. 

Ken was born December 5, 1925 in Calgary and after graduating from high school, he trained in the Royal Canadian Navy as a wireless telegrapher. During WWII, Ken was stationed in Halifax aboard the destroyer HMCS Quappelle. After the war, Ken attended the University of Alberta, where in addition to a budding interest in the law, he displayed a great talent for football. Ken played for the University of Alberta Golden Bears and later for the first Edmonton Eskimo team in 1948-49 and for the Calgary Stampeders in 1946 and 1950-51. After graduation from law school in 1952, Ken joined the law firm Shouldice, Milvain & MacDonald, which would later become Moore, Lougheed, Atkinson, McMahon & Tingle.

After retiring from the Bench in 2000, Ken joined BD&P as Counsel, where he successfully completed over 100 mediations and arbitrations and continued to attend the office until recently. As one lawyer in a mediation proceeding before Ken commented "it feels like arguing with your grandfather and who can do that - it settled in record time". Ken was well loved here at BD&P where he served as colleague, mentor and friend to many. He was a regular and favourite in our lawyer lunch room where he continued to "hold court", treating young lawyers to great war stories from his past.

Ken's numerous accomplishments include Vice Chairman of the Canadian Judicial Council, 1988-1990, induction onto the Sports Wall of Fame and the award of an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta, 1988 and the award of an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Calgary in 1999. Ken was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award from the Alberta Law Society and Canadian Bar Association in 2000, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, the Order of Canada in 2007 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

In addition to his professional achievements, Ken was a tireless volunteer in his wider community. He coached his sons in minor hockey and over the years held executive positions with the Federation of Community Associations, the Calgary Family Service Bureau, St. Mary’s University, the Calgary Booster Club, the Catholic Charities of Calgary, the Calgary Boy Scouts Association, the Downtown Rotary Club, the Stampeder Football Club, the Naval Museum of Alberta, the Calgary Golf and Country Club and the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede.

Ken, whose greatest treasure was his family, was predeceased by his wife Audrey and is survived by his 7 children, 20 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The Chief has truly left a wonderful legacy.