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B.C.’s first Black judge, Selwyn Romilly, remembered as ‘kind, gentle soul’ after death at 83

September 28, 2023

By Global News |

The first Black person appointed to the B.C. bench has died of cancer, according to the family of Selwyn Romilly.

His relatives say he died last Friday at his home, surrounded by loved ones.

Romilly, who was 83, was born in Trinidad and Tabago in 1940. He moved to Canada in 1960 where he earned a bachelor of arts and a law degree from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC.

That’s where he met his future wife, Lorna. The pair then moved to Smithers where they raised two children.

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