MEUNIER, Richard George (Dick) Q.C.,
Richard George Meunier passed away peacefully on Sunday September 15th, 2013 at the age of 84. Predeceased by his wife Joan in 1994, and his parents Frederick Meunier and Ruth (nee Cunningham). Dick leaves cherished memories and many life lessons with his children David Meunier, Michele Pomeroy, son-in-law Danny Pomeroy, and his grandchildren Danielle Meunier (husband Max Redder) of Ohio, Jennifer Pomeroy (fiancé Cam Strobel) of Kitchener, Elizabeth Meunier of San Diego, CA, , Braden Pomeroy of Kitchener and David Meunier Jr. of San Diego, CA. Also survived by Anne Meunier (nee Lang).
Dick graduated from Waterloo College (currently Wilfrid Laurier University) in 1951 where many of his lifelong friendships were formed. Dick went on to receive his law degree from Osgoode Hall and was called to the Bar on June 23, 1955. He was awarded his Doctorate of Law later in his career.
He joined the law firm of Clement Eastman and in 1962 became a partner which prompted a name change to Clement, Eastman, Dreger, Martin and Meunier. Dick was instrumental in creating Sims Clement Eastman and assisted in running that firm for 12 years. He retired in 2011 from Miller Thompson LLP Law Firm after practicing law for 56 years. He had a stellar career and reluctantly retired from his passion at 82 years old.
Dick had a highly successful practice, distinguished career and had many outstanding personal accomplishments. He provided legal counsel to Lazyboy, CKCO TV, Canada Post, Electrohome & CTV. He specialized in business, security and labour law. In his career he did estates, succession law, tax issues and advised for not for profit organizations. He was a lifetime member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and he was awarded the Highest Accolade in Martindale Hubbell. He signified the highest standard of his profession; his ethics unquestioned. He had an impeccable career and was respected by his peers and community members. A friend once said "IF YOU WANT TO SUCCEED IN LAW, EMULATE DICK" He was an honest, honourable, ethical and skilled solicitor.
Dick made extensive volunteer contributions to the Waterloo Region. His passion, knowledge, expertise and total dedication have complimented our community. He served on the Board of Directors for Grand River Hospital from 1998-2007. For 9 years he served on the Governance Committee and the Ethics Committee. He provided his time and talent to a variety of committees and supported numerous hospital & board initiatives.
Dick was one of the Founding Fathers of Lutherwood and was instrumental in its development. He was also a supporter of St. Monica House and was a founder, former director and legal counsel with the Chamber of Commerce of Kitchener Waterloo. He served as President of the Waterloo Law Society Association from 1989-1990 and was the Director of the KW Community foundation from 1993-2002.
Dick was instrumental in setting up numerous charitable organizations in our community. He was a Rotary Club Member and donated his time wherever it was needed.
Dick was a lifelong member of St. John's Anglican Church in Kitchener and embraced many roles in the church over the years.
He was a lifelong member at the Westmount Golf & Country Club where he had many friends he played with regularly.
Dick was also a long time member of the granite club and played badminton and won numerous awards.
He was an avid downhill skier and only stopped skiing at 81yrs old after he broke his foot on the slopes.
For the past 30 years he spent the month of November on Sanibel Island where he loved the dolphins, seashells and sun.
He loved to play poker regularly with his pals and they celebrated their 50th year of playing together.
Dick loved ships which was a passion that came from his summers as a young Mariner on the SS Osler sailing the Great Lakes.
Dick was an inspiration to us all! He loved his family, his friends and his community. He will be missed by many but remembered for all he did for every one of us.
The Meunier Family will receive friends at the Westmount Funeral Chapel, 1001 Ottawa St. S., 519-743-8900, on Tuesday, September 17th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Dick's life will be at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 23 Water St. N., on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., immediately followed by a reception in Richard's honour in the church hall. Private interment will take place at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church Memorial Fund on behalf of Richard Meunier or the K-W Humane Society would be greatly appreciated by the family and may be arranged for through the funeral home. Visit Dick's memorial and share condolences on line at www.westmountfuneralchapel.com