The eulogy to Ed Hearn, Q.C., distinguished lawyer and co-founder of the 2041 Group was delivered by Richard Cashin, August 1, 2015 at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, St. John's prior to his internment in Brigus, his birth place.
We are here today to remember, to mourn, to honor a beloved husband, father, brother and friend. A truly outstanding human being.
A proud son of Brigus, from a family with deep roots in our province. A graduate of Memorial and Dalhousie Law. Upon being called to the Bar he went to Labrador City – almost a pioneer in this Province’s newest and biggest source of wealth. But he was more that a competent and successful lawyer in the Province’s new frontier. In barely a decade, he had established himself as one of the bar’s most respected legal minds. He appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of significant, and in the case of the 1984 Upper Churchill Water Rights Reversion, “Historic Cases”.
His great regret, even frustration, was the failure of his client, the Government of NL and successive governments, to follow the direction the Court gave, namely to pursue Sec 92A of Canada ‘s constitution as a means to bring additional revenue to the Province from Churchill Falls.
I am sure Ed would deem me remiss if I did not add “ the small extra we in this Province would have to pay to get a much bigger largess from Quebec would pale to insignificance compared to that which we and generations to come will have to pay for the folly of Muskrat Falls.
He served for many years as a bencher of the Law society including terms as its Vice President and President. He was singularly responsible for the reforming and reorganization of the Law societies professional, legal liability fund to the benefit of both the profession and the general public.
Ed was more than an outstanding lawyer with an inquiring mind. His intellectual pursuits went far beyond the law. He was an avid reader. He had read most of the masters of the English language.
He read countless biographies of the world great figures and even lessor known ones. I remember when I first heard of Allister McLeod I gave him a copy of his award winning great Canadian novel NO Great Mischief. He thanked me and told me he had read all of Allister’s 16 short stories. I was unaware of them but subsequently was delighted to read them. He opened up so many of our minds.
Most of all Ed was a great human being.
Husband, father, son, brother and friend. He did countless untold acts of kindness and charity not only in this country but as far away as Antigua, never needing pubic recognition and many here today can attest to the many times he reached out and helped them. He was fortunate to have married Grace, a woman who shared his generous spirit and refusal to say no to any one in need.
He Adored his children loved to be with them skiing, travelling, introducing them to many things, and going to Florida and especially taking them to Bern’s … What a marvelous legacy he has bequeathed them.
I have been privileged to know many fine, indeed exceptional, human beings but I have not known any who had the combination of an inquiring mind, high intelligence, deep humanity with such a generosity of spirit like Ed.
We have been privileged to know him; surely a rare and special human being. We are not likely to see his likes again.
They are not dead who live in lives they leave behind. In those whom they have blessed they live a life again.