Ron McIsaac has been working for as long as he can remember. He's been a lawyer working five days a week for more than 60 years.

No early retirement for 87-year-old Colwood lawyer

The 87-year-old Langford resident has been a lawyer since 1948 and still works five days a week.

Retiring is not something Ron MacIsaac sees in his future anytime soon.

The 87-year-old Langford resident has been a lawyer since 1948 and still works five days a week. He shares the firm MacIssac and MacIsaac with his son Dan in Colwood.

Being in the business runs three generations in the family, with MacIsaac’s late father also in the business.

After graduating from law school, new lawyers have to take a one or two year apprenticeship called an articling year.

Times have changes in the past 60 years of practising law.

“When I graduated there were very few lawyers in B.C. so during my articling year, I was able to go to court,” he said.

During that year MacIssac won the first case for the Jehovah Witness church.

“They were being charged for abstracting the sidewalk traffic for holding their magazine **Awake, ” said MacIsaac adding proudly the church members are still on the sidewalks distributing the magazine.

“That was the first time the Jehovah Witness’s has won a court case. Before that they had lost hundreds of them.”

MacIssac worked in criminal courts for about 12 years before moving over to civil court cases.

When he began civil law he was able to help more clients and finish cases much quicker.

“Now there are 1,000 road blocks between the time someone gets hit by car and the time they get their money,” MacIsaac explained. “Before I could finish a case in 45 days and now it takes five years.”

While he still enjoys practising law, MacIsaac focuses on pro bono work these days.

“I’ll do any kind of case for free,” MacIsaac said explaining he just likes helping people.

His father worked up until he passed away at 92 years old and his mother passed away at 112.

“So I think I’ll retire when I am 115,” he said.

Over the years MacIsaac has always enjoyed being a member of the community. He’s also always valued children, he has seven of them.

He has been known to take children’s groups hiking, skiing and sailing.

From 1955 to 2008 McIsaac has also been a columnist focussing on travel and politics for 10 publications including the Goldstream News Gazette.

In his spare time he can be seen sailing in one one-person laser boat on Langford Lake.

 

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