Jus­tice Frank Gerein ded­i­cated his life to the law

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Jus­tice Frank Gerein was ded­i­cated to the law for five decades, and his pas­sion that in­spired many peo­ple around him never waned.

At the age of 75, his long and highly re­garded law ca­reer came to an end in April. Gerein died on Sun­day. Jus­tice Cather­ine Daw­son ex­pressed re­gret Mon­day that Gerein wasn’t able to en­joy more of his re­tire­ment after ded­i­cat­ing his life to the jus­tice sys­tem in Regina and Saskatchew­an.

“His ab­so­lute com­mit­ment to jus­tice for peo­ple was un­wa­ver­ing,” Daw­son said.

“There was never any case that was not im­por­tant. It didn’t mat­ter the size or the com­plex­ity, each one was im­por­tant. To see some­one of that many years ... to still have that same com­mit­ment, in­sight and ded­i­ca­tion, it truly is in­spir­ing.”

Gerein was ad­mit­ted to the Saskatchew­an Bar in 1964 and prac­tised in Regina un­til De­cem­ber 1980, when he was ap­pointed as a judge for the Dis­trict Court for Saskatchew­an. He con­tin­ued to sit when that court was merged in 1981 with Court of Queen’s Bench.

From 2000 to 2005, Gerein served as chief jus­tice of Court of Queen’s Bench for the prov­ince. He said he would serve a five-year term and did, all the while lead­ing as an ex­am­ple of ci­vil­ity, pa­tience and em­pa­thy.

“He had an un­lim­ited ca­pac­ity for work,” Daw­son said. “You would of­ten find him work­ing early, early in the morn­ing be­fore the crack of dawn and late, late at night.”

De­spite his pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion to his job, she de­scribed him as easy­go­ing and cour­te­ous with a good sense of hu­mour.

When Gerein’s term as chief jus­tice was over in 2005, he con­tin­ued to serve as a jus­tice with the same fer­vour.

Cur­rent Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Jus­tice Mar­tel Popes­cul re­mem­bers how im­por­tant it was to re­ceive a spe­cific phone call from Gerein.

“One al­ways won­ders, per­haps, how a for­mer chief is go­ing to treat a new chief,” Popes­cul said. “I re­mem­ber shortly after I was ap­pointed, he gave me a call and it sticks out in my mind that he called me ‘Chief.’ ”

Popes­cul said the recog­ni­tion by some­one with Gerein’s rep­u­ta­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence was the mo­ment when the se­ri­ous­ness of his new ti­tle was so­lid­i­fied.

“The type of per­son as a chief that I am, I’m at­tempt­ing to model my­self after him be­cause he was that type of guy,” Popes­cul said.

Gerein is sur­vived by his wife Eileen, son An­thony and daugh­ters Michelle and Kather­ine.

A re­mem­brance ser­vice date has not yet been set.

DON HEALY/ Leader-Post

Court of Queen’s Bench Jus­tice Frank Gerein died on Sun­day. He re­tired in April at age 75.

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