EXPIRED: 01/13/10 – David Ward, 78, built a boutique law practice out of those snubbed by traditionally, WASP-ish Toronto, Canada law firms. “It didn’t make any difference whether you were Jewish, black or polka dot, if you had talent you were welcome. It wasn’t quite like that in the early sixties,” said Howard Beck, one of the firm’s early recruits.
Until his death, Ward arrived at his Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg office at 8 a.m. every day.
His sports regime was equally rigorous. At the Georgian Peaks Ski Club, where he and his family where long-time members, he was usually the first skier to shoot down the hills shortly after dawn to take advantage of the day’s fresh snow.
Unfortunately, being first also means there’s no-one there to spot you – and so it was that he took a fall on the slopes and didn’t recover.