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COOK-STANHOPE, Lynn Theresa Lillian

December 6, 1948 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
April 14, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

The family of Lynn Theresa Lillian Cook-Stanhope is sad to announce her passing on April 14th, 2019.

She was born December 6th, 1948 in Saskatoon, SK and died in Calgary, AB. Left to mourn her loss are her husband of 40 years, Alan, her daughter, Alexis (Devon), her brother, Larry (Yseult), nieces Emilie (Calvin), and Camille (Oliver) and her sister-in-law Nicola. She also leaves behind her step-sons, Simon (Lisa) and Benjamin (Sarah) and their children George, Jemima and Bill, to whom she was dear Bumba. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter Natalie in 2016, her Father Elmer Cook in 1968, her Mother Eva Renner in 1995 and her brother Jamie in 1967. Lynn was proud of her humble beginnings. She was born to farming parents who moved with the seasons from their farm home outside Eston, SK, to Saskatoon, SK where her parents worked during the winter months. She cherished memories of taking mid-day and evening meals out to the fields when her father planted and harvested their crops, and later drove truck for her Dad, as well, during the harvest season. Because of the moves back and forth to Saskatoon, Lynn and her brothers, Larry and Jamie, left school each year in the spring, then attended a one-room school (Lovedale) in May, June and September until the harvesting was done. The farm house had no electricity, heat or running water so wintering there was not possible. When construction on the family home was finally completed, they moved to Eston permanently. Lynn graduated from Eston Composite High School in 1966, then moved to Winnipeg where she attended the University of Manitoba, (St. Paul’s College), graduating with a B.A. in 1969. During that time she was active in Glee Club, Yearbook, Drama and student politics. She then entered the Faculty of Law and obtained her LL.B. in 1972. Again she was very active in student government, Drama, and academic counselling. She was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1973. In 1973, Lynn moved to The Pas, MB where she practiced law with Bancroft, Whidden, Mayer. This was an incredible, enriching year filled with treacherous travels to remote First Nations Reserves and working with clients in a number of isolated northern communities. Lynn was then lured to Dauphin, MB where she became Crown Attorney for the Dauphin Judicial District, again regularly travelling to many distant centres to conduct circuit courts. In 1976, Lynn met Alan in Gilbert Plains, MB where he worked as a GP. In 1978 the two moved to Calgary, where they were married in 1979. They were thrilled to welcome their first daughter, Natalie, in 1980, and their second, Alexis, in 1984. Lynn practised law in Calgary until 1985 when she was appointed a Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta. She continued to sit in the Court until 2019 focusing on family, youth and child protection law. She often spoke of the privilege she had been afforded, being able to serve children and families from the Bench for so many years, in such an important way. Legal education opportunities were many, and over more than 40 years, Lynn lectured at schools, professional groups, colleges and universities, and for numerous other organizations. She was appointed Adjunct Professor at Mount Royal University in 2014.

Celebration of life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40 Street SE, Calgary, AB) on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. Should anyone so desire, donations may be made to a charity of their choice or to The Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC), located at 303 Forge Rd S.E., Calgary, AB, T2H 0S9.

In living memory of Lynn Cook-Stanhope, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E., Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Paul and Susan Mason

    The word legend is overused nowadays but in Lynn’s case it is an understatement of epic proportions. She will be missed. Much love

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  2. This is a sad day. I appeared before Judge Cook-Stanhope on many occasions over a period of three decades. She took a keen interest in our children and youth and was passionate about helping. One of her big concerns was always substance abuse and she tried to help the parents and young people before her. She genuinely tried to do her best and make good decisions in cases where the answers were not always clear because in this type of work there are lots of shades of grey and only a few black and white situations. Thank you for your service because this type of work takes a toll on people.

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  3. What a loss for the justice system. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. We cannot attend on Saturday as we are traveling to Montreal that day for another memorial service. Alan, I am so sorry for your loss.

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  4. A dear friend and inestimable colleague for over 30 years, an inspiration to all in life and in law. A tireless worker in all things. Condolences and hugs to Alan and Alexis.
    Gary and Mary Jane Cioni

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  5. Nick D’S and Sarah K

    Our deepest condolences to Alan Alexis and family
    Lynn was a judge ,colleague and a friend to myself and so many
    N and S

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  6. Evelyn Wotherspoon

    I was very sad to hear of your loss. I appeared in Judge Cook-Stanhope’s court many times over the last 20 years. She was a passionate advocate for vulnerable children and she was an enthusiastic supporter of my work on behalf of infants and toddlers in foster care. She had a profound influence and will be greatly missed.

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  7. I am very saddened by this news. Judge Cook Stanhope was honourable and deeply respected. So very, very sorry for your loss.

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  8. Mitchell Stephensen

    As a criminal defence lawyer I appeared in from of Her Honour on a number of occasions early on in my career. She definitely made an impression on me. I found her to be tough but fair, with an abundance of common sense, well suited to being a judge. She was a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, yet it was obvious she actually cared about the people she judged. She was a true role model. I had the greatest of respect for her. Learning now of her humble beginnings, her practical “tell it like it is” style all makes perfect sense. Although I only met her socially once, it was plain to see that her no nonsense style was well matched with a terrific, easy-going, down to earth, sense of humour. My sincere condolences to her family.

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  9. I am beyond sad to hear of this. She was a fantastic person, always an open door and open heart, and it is a tremendous loss to the Justice System. Such an incredible lady ! I am deeply sorry for your loss.

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  10. A hero, plain and simple. Lynn was the gold standard for judges. She was faithful to the law, passionate in her caring, humble in the execution of the trust placed in her by the public. She brought to life the statue of Justice: impartial, resolute, protector. Lynn cared for all those with whom she interacted; she particularly defended the children in her court with the ferocity of a mother bear. Though her passing leaves a huge hole in our Court, she also leaves us with inspiration, and a goal towards which we who remain may only try to strive.

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  11. So very sorry to hear of “Cookie’s” passing . The first time she told me to call her that instead of “your Honour” (outside of the courtroom ) I realized that this was a genuine person who never let her status go to her head . She was a Justice who truly cared for the families that appeared before her, and who listened to all and who made good sound decisions that she felt would benefit all . I appeared before her many times over the years as a CWW and always knew she would take all of the information provided and would give some solid feedback to the family to help them try to begin to heal . A truly beautiful person.

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  12. This is very sad news. I appeared numerous times before Judge Cook-Stanhope. She was incredibly dedicated and compassionate. She will be sorely missed by many. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Unfortunately I will miss the celebration of her life as we are out of the country.

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  13. This is truly a sad loss of a passionate person who saw justice as a calling. I appeared before her many times. She gave of her time to many of my students Her mark in society will last a long time

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  14. Dr.Stanhope, I am so very sorry to hear about Lynn. The two of you have been through so much, and my heart breaks for you. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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  15. I am saddened by loss of an amazing women. Judge Cook Stanhope was companionate, kind, brilliant, courageous and always honourable, she will be missed by those who were fortunate to know her. Rest In Peace

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  16. Melissa and Darwin Ferrarotto

    Judge Cook-Stanhope you will be so dearly missed by many you were a truly amazing lady it was amazing to work with you and watch the passion you had for the children, families and youth in court I learned so much from you. Thank you for taking the time to marry my husband and I and starting us out on our journey. It was a great memory that I’ll keep with me always may you rest in peace, sending our deepest condolences to Allan and the family.

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  17. Historically I go back to those days in Justice as a Supervisor in Family Court Services, and I remember her appointment as Judge, and how welcome she was to the legal community and to those of whom she served. She was special. She was fair. She was wise. My thoughts go out to her family.

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  18. I am saddened to hear of Judge Cook Stanhope’s passing. It is a great loss for her family, friends, her colleagues and the people she cared for so deeply the citizens which she made decisions on. I was in awe of her memory of the people and decisions which she made. As a Metis woman I knew the passion which she had for our people. She made a difference in the First Nation and Metis communities. Rest in peace.

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  19. Maureen McConaghy

    Our deepest condolences to Allan and family. Memories abound…a pillar in the legal community, a courageous jurist, a very hard worker who gave generously of her time and energy to the community, the profession and those who came before her in the courtroom. Her contribution is etched in the lives of many. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend her celebration of her remarkable life as we are out of the country. Many times, I appeared before her and will always remember her fairness, compassion, competence and her inherent common sense and understanding of human nature.

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  20. I am saddened to hear about the passing of someone who took her role in children and families lives seriously. Presenting before her, Judge Cook Stanhope made a person pause and critically think about the application being made to ensure the rights of children, youth and parents were considered. Her compassion, and consideration for all was valued and will be truly missed.

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  21. I had the honour of appearing in front of Judge Cook-Stanhope on many occasions and was always struck by her compassion, especially towards children. She will be missed and my sincerest condolences for your loss.

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  22. Judge Cook-Stanhope was a force for all things good and just. She treated everyone with respect, and I was in awe of her ability to connect with and understand troubled kids. She always took the time to make sure they felt heard and seen. I will miss her wit and razor sharp insight. We were all richer for her presence. Rest well, Your Honour.

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  23. The world is quieter and lacking a big laugh now. She was a great hugger and a bright presence and she was inspirational. I’m going to miss her.

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  24. Larger than life is the only way I can describe Judge Cook Stanhope. She truly championed the CHILDREN and their needs. Her caring and passion will be missed by those she served and by those of us who were fortunate enough to witness her deeds

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  25. A Katharine Checkland

    I am deeply saddened by the passing of Judge Cook Stanhope. Her absence will be felt within the Family Law community. She was a brilliant legal mind who was highly respected by both the Bar and the Bench.

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  26. I am saddened by the passing of an old and dear friend. Lynn was a woman of exceptional character, compassion, authenticity and honor. Her sense of humor, generosity and warmth touched our lives in so many ways.
    Alan and Alexis, my deep and sincere condolences.

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  27. Tim O'Hara and Louise Campbell

    Judge Cook Stanhope was a person who came into our lives in many ways and each has wonderful stories of court appearances. Rest in Peace. love Tim and Louise

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  28. Where there was a need, she always did whatever could be done to fill it. “In the best interests of the child” was engraved on her heart. Never to be forgotten.

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  29. My condolences to the family for their loss. Her Honour is acutely missed by many.

    I have appeared before her Honour numerous times as a member of the Youth Criminal Defence Office and was fortunate to be privy to moments after court had been adjourned, when she would share anecdotes of her life as a young lawyer with myself and Crown counsel. I drew my inspiration and, as her Honour would oft say, persistent optimism in my young clients’ capacity to change by looking to the example of her Court and her work on the Bench.

    I recall moments when young adults would make their way to her Court to express their thanks to her when they were still young persons, updating her on the positive changes they’ve made after leaving the realms of youth court and taking their experiences to heart to make change for themselves and their betterment. Changes that were often suggested and inspired by her Honour. I remember the many moments that her Honour would give to my clients, to ensure they had a space in her Court to tell her how they felt and what they wanted to do about their immediate future… and the surprised delight many would display on their faces when her Honour would take the time to talk with them about how she wants a better future for them, no matter what their past brought them to. Even in the face of the less than polite young persons, who were quick to manifest a tough persona, her kindness and civility spoke volumes to me and continues to inspire me in my work going forward.

    I am saddened that her Honour will never know how she has inspired not just me but undoubtedly so many other female lawyers in striving for justice without forgetting the people justice is sought for. Being in her Court always made you want to be better, no matter what your best standard was at the time. I am hopefully a better lawyer for my clients from appearing before her and I lament the loss of her legal knowledge and compassion for those involved in the justice system.

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  30. My condolences to Judge Cook-Stanhope’s family. I appeared in front of her for one of my first trials and was in awe of her fair and reasonable approach to very emotional and difficult issues for the clients. She deservedly had a great reputation, and will be missed.

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  31. Dear family of Hon. Judge Cook-stanhope,

    We are saddened to hear of the death of Hon. Judge Cook-stanhope. I learn a lot from her dedicated services to the children and families. She always walked an extra mile for the best interest of the children. Hon. Judge Cook-stanhope is a great role model in legal and human services. We know there is little comfort in words, but we do want her family know how deeply we feel for you. Our hearts go out to you sending our love and prayers to help with comfort. May you know that people like ourselves are sending love and prayers your way in time of need.

    Timothy Lee and family

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  32. She was a good judge and a good person. I recall speaking to her a day or two after she heard of her appointment, & her pride & commitment was obvious. She put her heart into her work as a judge.

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  33. Alan Lexi
    I am so sorry for your monumental loss. She was very dear and special. May you find comfort with family and friends
    Again so sorry
    Val

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  34. This is a great loss to the legal community and to children in “the system”. I appeared before Judge Cook-Stanhope countless times over a period of decades and she was remarkable for her compassion and dedication to her work. My condolences to her family.

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  35. Vic and Kathleen

    Cookie continues to be a role model and source of inspiration for those who had the privilege of working along side her. Her compassion and dedication make us all better human beings. Countless children are the beneficiaries of that influence. A giant has passed. Her rich legacy shall not.

    Our thoughts are with you, Alan, Alexis and family.

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  36. I felt sad to learn of Lynn’s death. I haven’t seen her in years but have many fond memories of time spent with her while we were both attending St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba. Lynn and I were part of a group of friends who hung out together over the course of a year and a half. She was a lot of fun and had a great sense of humour. She owned an old car, which actually had running boards along the sides. We’d all pile in and head off for a day…maybe to Clear Lake.
    Lynn seemed to be involved in everything at St. Paul’s. She was really intelligent, worked hard enough but always had time to sit in the cafeteria and visit. I have a few pictures from that time; in one we are all sitting on a big log and Lynn has a huge smile. I’ll remember her this way. I’m sorry for your loss and know that you will always miss her.

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  37. Judge Cook-Stanhope was admired and respected for being both an example of what the law could be for the underdog but she did not suffer fools gladly which I so admired! She will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers to all who have had the privilege of knowing her.

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  38. Sheena Cunningham

    An inspiring jurist with a remarkable combination of legal knowledge, common sense and compassion. Also a wonderful person with a great sense of humour. My condolences to family and friends and regrets that I will be unable to attend the celebration of her life.

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  39. My heart goes out to Alan, Alexis and their family for the loss of this magnificent human being. I did not know Lynn in a professional capacity but as a friend she was generous, honest, compassionate, supportive and loving. Her battle with cancer was horrendous but she faced it with determination and a brave heart. I will miss her very much as will so many others who’s lives she enhanced by knowing her.

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  40. William Lakey Richard Crawford

    Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family in this sad time of loss. Alexis, Larry & Yseult, Alan, Camille and Oliver and Emilie and Calvin; Lynn was a strength for all those around her and she was important in your lives. With her passing when you feel emptiness, think back to all the great ways she influenced you and your lives.

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  41. Alan
    There are no words to express my sadness for you and your daughter Alexis…
    Your losses are heartbreaking.
    I hope you remember a family of friends are here for you at all times.

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  42. Terry McGuire Hagel

    My sincere appreciation to Lynn’s family who were a huge part of the wonderful Judge she was. I have had the privilege of being a lawyer in her Court since she came to the Bench. She was so very wise, so caring , so tough when it was needed and always always fair. She is a huge loss to the legal community!

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  43. Jennifer Shaften

    While still in law school I was fortunate to meet and engage with Judge Cook-Stanhope in a 16 week round-table focused on Crime Prevention for Female Young Offenders. Her dedication to children was inspiring and positively impacted my decision to become an advocate for children. Like so many others I will miss her wisdom and compassion.

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  44. Her Honour was a remarkable person and a superlative Judge. She was a mentor to me in my early years, and always a pleasure to appear before. I will always fondly remember the numerous chance encounters grocery shopping, including exchanging of recipes and cooking tips. Rest Well in Peace.

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  45. Dear Dr. Stanhope, Alexis and family
    It is with great sadness that we learned of Lynn’s passing. She was a wonderful person, kind, loving, patient and funny. She is a great loss to our world. I am so sorry for all the pain you are suffering right now, please remember you are in Gary and I thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely,
    Mme Boyer

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  46. Cathy Lane Goodfellow

    Lynn was my hero and mentor. We called her our family’s private marriage commissioner – having married myself and husband Steve and both my Step-daughters. I had the privilege of appearing before her for twenty years in the youth justice system. I have read here that “the best interests of the child” was engraved on her heart. Lynn was a champion for every infant, child and youth that appeared before her, no matter what the circumstances and no matter how horrifying the act done to or by them. Her heart was enormous and on it is engraved the name of every spirit she touched. Her encouraging words in court to youth in trouble often were an impetus for positive change. Why? Because she knew that none of us are the sum total of the errors we’ve made in life. Hope is encouraged. Change is possible. Compassion is real. Goodness can win the day. I saw Lynn at the hospital about three weeks ago. I showed her pictures of my grandchildren. We talked about our families. She had two other friends visiting. One was knitting. It was a wonderful visit. She told me she had “signed up for another two years”. She had plans. Lynn was purposeful, smart, demanding, courageous and fierce. I am incredibly lucky to have had her in my life.
    To Alan, Alexis and family. She talked about you all ALOT. She was such a proud wife, mother and grandmother. Thank you for sharing her with the rest of us. My deepest condolences and love to you all.

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  47. The same person on as off the bench, Lynn Cook-Stanhope demonstrated that even the daily grind of an overloaded docket could operate to improve the lives of troubled families and vulnerable children.
    Struggle as judges do, where the days are often long and the work, at times, heartbreaking, Lynn modeled the practical over the theoretical, the empathetic over the impersonal.
    Farewell Lynn…your light shines on.

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  48. Alan and family,
    I was saddened to read of Lynn’s passing and my heart goes out to you. I hope that your memories will help you through this very difficult time. Lynn is at peace and no longer suffering. Sincere condolences.

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  49. I had the great privilege of working with Lynn for many years as a fellow Judge. She was a very wise and witty person! We are all saddened by your loss and our own. We have lost a truly great person – partner, parent and co-worker. What an extraordinary woman and Judge she was.

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  50. My heart grieves for Lynn’s family and also for the children and families appearing in her court to whom she gave the gift of understanding, knowledge, and compassion. Lynn gave her time freely outside the court by speaking to students year after year and ensuring that, when students visited her court, she spoke to them directly to answer questions and explain her philosophy of justice. I was also honoured to have served on community boards with Lynn where she shared her incredibly deep passion to ensure that Alberta’s children and families received the best possible opportunities to thrive. She will be missed.

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  51. From the time we met in Law School, my memories of Lynn are filled with warmth and laughter. She was a hardworking, intelligent and conscientious student and lawyer, and a caring and dedicated family and youth court judge. Lynn was a loving and generous friend, supportive even during her own trials and losses. She will be sorely missed…
    May your memories of this special loved one bring you peace and solace in your loss.
    Lea, Bob and Chantal

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  52. The world is a smaller place with the passing of this fierce woman. I appeared many times before her and always appreciated her common sense approach. She was passionate about her role and will be remembered for her presence and influence. The legal and Children’s Services community will remember her vividly. Much respect and condolences on your loss.

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  53. Judge Cook-Stanhope was a highly respected judge who cared deeply for the youth and families that appeared before her. Catherine and I had the privilege and pleasure of getting to know her the past five years. She was a kind person with a big heart. Our condolences to Alan and family for their loss.

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  54. Pat and Heath MacEwen

    Dr. Stanhope and family,

    Our deepest condolences as you mourn the loss of your wife, Lynn. In time, may the memories of her bring you some comfort and peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead.

    Pat, Heath and family

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  55. Dear Stanley…my heart is so deeply saddened with the loss of your beautiful wife Lynn. I cannot even imagine your grief. I hope you can seek solace and peace that your beautiful daughter Nat was there meeting her on the other side. A very joyous reunion. Love from me(Hermie) Jim, Tom and Amy-Jo. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always

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  56. I had the privilege of appearing before her in court many times. I was constantly struck by her compassion for families while balancing the delicate sensitive nature of supporting our most vulnerable. Utmost respect to her long tireless championing for children. Her dedication and spirit to serving families was tireless, I often walked away reflecting on striving to be a better worker, and struck by on the human aspect she brought to her role. Condolences to to the family during this time.
    Mel Fjell

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  57. Lynn was a fierce warrior for the children and families who appeared in her court over the years. Guided by her genuinely caring nature, and armed with the weapons of her firm resolve, her strong work ethic,and her admirable intelligence, she did much to change many lives for the better.
    She was a thoughtful, entertaining, and interesting colleague. She has left her indelible stamp on a court that will be hard-pressed to replace her- on so many fronts.
    John and I send our sincere condolences to Alan, Alexix, and the many others who loved Lynn. May you find comfort in remembering all she accomplished by her sharing of her seemingly boundless supply of caring and love.

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  58. Diane Beauvais-Bishop

    Alan, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  59. Dear Alan, so sad to hear of the loss of your soulmate Lynn, May you find some comfort in the thought of Natalie and her being together again.
    Condolences and love Judith and Michael

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  60. Dear Alan,
    On behalf of Wayne and I, please accept our condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult and sad time.

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  61. Dear Alexis,
    I only met your mother a few times but it was always a pleasure. Her kindness, sense of humour and generosity were a gift she shared with us all.
    There are no words that will alleviate your pain but know that she will be with you and us all always! My heart also goes out to your father.
    Bon courage,

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  62. I am truly sorry that a great woman has passed. I I had the honour to appear in her courtroom many many times. She was always just and treated people, including myself, with the utmost respect. She will be missed and remembered.

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  63. My condolences to the family of Judge Cook-Stanhope. She was an outstanding Judge and supported countless Albertan families through challenging circumstances in a very wise and caring way. Rest In Peace. You will be missed.

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  64. Recovery Acres counsellors and staff

    Dr. Stanhope and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers go with you.
    She was a wonderful woman and will be missed.

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  65. Dr. Peter and Jean Gibson

    Jean and I send our deepest condolences to you, Alan, to your family.

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  66. A very sad day for us all. She was wonderful, just and fair for all especially for children and their families. All the best to her family.

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  67. This is a sad day for us all. She was a wonderful woman to all, especially to the children and families who appeared before her. Many good thoughts to her family and friends.

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  68. Love was an action word for Lynn. She taught me so much. Her love and support was swift and intuitive. We enjoyed lively conversation on dinner/movie nights. Condolences to Lynn’s friends I met on such evenings.
    I miss her deeply.
    Condolences to Larry, Alan and Alexis.

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  69. Barbara Clubb & Kevin Burns, Ottawa

    Dear Alan, Alexis, Larry, Yseult, Camille, Emilie and family and friends. It is with huge sadness that Kevin and I learned of Lynn’s passing. Lynn and I bonded as friends at St. Paul’s College (Wpg) more than 50 years ago. She remained a close, caring , communicative and constant friend though as adults we only lived in the same province for a few years. What great adventures we had in the early days organizing folk masses and mini-opera productions (of course Lynn was Carmen), tearing around in her student car “Cherise” and later in her bright new yellow Spider Fiat in the wheat fields of the Saskatchewan family farm. She was with me when I got the news of my own mother’s passing in 2003. What a wonderful privilege it has been to get to know Alan, to participate in each other’s marriage ceremonies, to experience her deep love of her family, to see the girls grow and to witness the tremendous work she did as a family court judge and the mentor she became to many. I’ll never forget sitting in her Calgary kitchen as she, judge-on-call, gave counsel to an RCMP officer by phone. And the stories-oh the stories she could tell. Good bye my dear courageous, beloved friend. Rest with the angels.
    Barb Clubb and Kevin Burns, Ottawa

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  70. Judge Cook-Stanhope was not in my life for a long time but in the time I had the honour of knowing and working with her she had a profound impact on me. She was deeply thoughtful and above all else alive to the realities faced by youth that came through the family and criminal justice systems she presided over. She did everything she could with her judicial power and within her sphere of influence to go further than just sentencing these kids – she fought to help them get out of the system that so easily traps youth and decides their fate before they even turn 18. I asked Judge Cook-Stanhope to preside over my bar call because she possessed the attributes I admire and strive to emulate in a lawyer: compassion, fairness, pragmatism, integrity, professionalism and an unwavering belief that nothing is ever a lost cause.

    I am very sorry for your loss – it is a loss that will be shared throughout the justice system.

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  71. Chère Lynn,
    Quelle tristesse, nous étions en voyage en Europe en pensant qu’on te verrait à notre retour.Mais malheureusement , le sort en a décidé autrement. Je me permets de t’écrire en français car plusieurs de tes proches , amis ou collègues ne le savent peut-être pas,
    qu’au moment de ta nomination en tant que juge , tu as suivi les cours de français disponibles aux juristes désirant offrir des services en français . Grâce à ces stages linguistiques au Québec, tu as découvert la culture et la bonne bouffe tout en devenant plus que fonctionnelle dans la langue de Molière. Cela t’a permis d’ échanger avec moi, mes parents et mes filles Émilie et Camille qui ont été éduquées en français. Ton ouverture au fait français en Alberta a été un exemple. Tu as été pour Émilie et Camille une tante exceptionnelle et chaleureuse. On va se rappeler longtemps des retrouvailles à Noël, Pâques ou à l’Action de grâce , de nos fêtes avec Abba ou encore des représentations interminables de nos filles nous jouant presque que la totalité des Misérables. Lynn , ton départ laisse un grand vide pour Larry , Emilie, Camille et moi. Nous remplirons ce vide avec les mémorables moments que nous avons eu la joie de partager avec toi .Nous continuerons d’être présents pour Alan et Alexis.
    Repose en paix ma belle-soeur,Yseult, Vancouver

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  72. Lynn was a beautiful person. I knew her all my life. She was there for Easter egg hunts when I was barely more than a toddler. She was there while I figured my way through adolescence and into young-adulthood. She was there at my wedding and she was there to call me to the bar. She was always there, and was always a positive, kind, welcoming, and sage presence.

    I’m with the legions of mourners whose lives were made better by hers, and send my sincere condolences to Allan, Alexis, and family.

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  73. Jennifer & Steve Burrell

    Judge Lynn, as we knew her, will always have a special place in our memories. In a few short months we will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Judge Lynn was gracious enough to preform the ceremony almost a decade ago. We were nervous, and she could tell. She took us by the hands and guided us through from start to finish, in the most loving and caring way, as if we were her own children. The only thing we insisted on was a fairly quick ceremony, and boy was it. When everyone stood for my future wife to come down the aisle, nobody mentioned to sit back down. Just as we had asked the ceremony was short and perfect, not one person had issue with standing for the whole thing.
    Judge Lynn had a wonderful special impact on our lives and most certainly on thousands of others. It is truly special when you can impact so many peoples lives.
    From our family to yours we wish you the deepest condolences.

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  75. Darrell and Priscilla Riemer

    Lynn and I were appointed to The Provincial Court of Alberta in the same year (1985) and together attended the New Judges Training Program in Val Morin, Quebec in 1986. She is fondly remembered by myself for incarnating the virtues of integrity, devotion and courage in the administration of justice, and for her counsel and friendship over many years. Of her, it may truly be said that she “banked her treasure “ in the hearts of her family and friends, and in the lives of those adults and children she served in her courtroom over more than three decades. Priscilla and I extend our condolences and prayers for comfort to Alan, Alexis and all of Lynn’s family and friends at this time of loss and thankful remembrance.

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  76. Lynn

    I have struggled to comprehend you no longer being with us. I feel very privileged to know you, not only as a cousin and godmother, but as a truly beautiful human being who gave so much to others, both professionally and personally. You will be missed dearly. My sincere condolences to Alan, Alexis, Larry and his family.

    Phillip

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  77. Gord & Cindy McNeil

    Alan, our sincere condolences to you and your family. We can’t begin to express our heartache for you. Your entire family is in our thoughts.

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  78. My thoughts and prayers go to Judge Cook-Stanhope’s family. She was always there to help those in need and follow the rule of law. She will be missed.
    When I appeared in Court before her I knew that with her breadth of knowledge, her experience and her compassion she would find a solution to the conflict that would help those involved.
    She was a straight shooter.
    I will miss her.

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  79. To Alan and Alexis: I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of your wife’s and mother’s passing late yesterday. Lynn was an important person in my life. I knew her for 48 years. I remember meeting her in the summer of 1971 – I think it was late July. I was sitting in a lawn chair on a street in Southdale in St Boniface MB and looked up to see two women walking towards me. One was Ms Barbara Clubb, who influenced me in my decision to study librarianship, and the other was Lynn. They approached me to ask if I could play guitar at wedding in (I think) Saskatoon, where they would be singing. I agreed to do so after talking with them, and thus began a decades-long friendship with both of them. Lynn had a huge impact on me regarding my attending the U of Manitoba in the fall of 1971. She suggested I register at St Paul’s College, saying that a smaller college would ease the transition from high school to a large university. Of course she was right, as I learned shortly thereafter. Lynn was working part-time as a registrar at St Paul’s College, and helped me and a number of my friends from high school all register there.

    On campus, I played guitar at the St Paul’s College Chapel for Sunday afternoon mass, with Lynn often attending. At my parents’ 25th anniversary mass in August 1978, Lynn, along with a few others, sang at the service.

    I moved to Edmonton in the fall of 1978, and many, many times would visit Lynn and Alan at their home in Calgary. I was always made to feel so very welcome there. One time, when I had to deal with a sensitive family issue, Lynn was there to provide counsel and guidance for me.

    I will deeply miss her compassion, friendship, sense of humour, and commitment to making life better for all around her. Lynn, I send my love to you now, and always. Please rest peacefully, and thank you for everything you did for me and the impact you had on my life. I will never forget you.

    – Randy Reichardt

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  80. Judge Cook-Stanhope cared deeply about the youth and families who appeared in front of her. She was wise presence on the bench — and a lot of fun outside of the courtroom. As a judge she knew what she didn’t know — a trait not seen often enough. She will be missed.

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  81. To the Family of Lynn Cook-Stanhope

    Please accept my condolences at this time. I taught Law at Henry Wise Wood Senior High School and Lynn was often a guest speaker to my classes. In addition, my classes had seen her several times in Youth Court. She was always very understanding and kind to my students.

    Please note that she and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers this day

    sincerely

    J T. Buehner

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  82. Dr. Stanhope, Alexis and family,
    I was saddened to hear of the loss of Lynn and extend my deepest condolences. She was such an exuberant person, well loved and admired. I so enjoyed our interactions at the school many, many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. With deepest sympathy.

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  83. My heartfelt sympathy to Alan, Alexis and their family, Larry and his family as they grieve their loss of Lynn. As Lynn’s cousin and friend, I also will miss her so much. She has always been a mainstay in our family, as I just told her recently. Always arranged all our reunions in Calgary, at their home, of course! Always our family’s biggest fan and supporter. A superb hostess. No one person was ever left unaccounted for. If they weren’t there, it wasn’t because Lynn didn’t try to get them there. Lynn made everyone welcome.
    Lynn loved her family. We loved her back.
    Lynn was a brilliant woman. Obviously shown in her success in her life’s work. Kind and Compassionate.
    I was told recently she had a spark. I think it may have started as such, but certainly grew into a flame, that will forever remain in the hearts of those who loved her.
    Lynn, your work here is done. Rest In Peace. May Your Angels Forever Surround You In God’s Love.

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  84. Fred & Ann Reekie

    Dear Alan, Alexis, Larry, Yseult, Emilie, & Camille.

    We are so sad to learn the Lynn has left us. Reconnecting with her last fall was an absolute highlight after so many years of drifting apart. Her integrity and gentle, yet assertive, spirit have made an impact on so many lives. I will always be thankful that she was my friend.

    Shalom!

    Fred & Ann

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  85. My deepest condolences on your loss. As a classmate and personal friend through law school in Winnipeg, Lynn was a significant part of my life in my law school memories and even before that in my first 2 years after high school when I was a classmate with Larry in the Faculty of Architecture. Lynn was truly a generous, giving and caring person with such a great sense of humour. I will miss her.

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  86. Lynn and I were very close. We grew up together in Eston and attended the University of Manitoba at the same time.
    Later, Lynn met Alan and they settled in Calgary. I eventually settled on the west coast with my wife Yseult, to practice Architecture.

    Our brother- sister bond has continued all these years.

    We share a similar sense of humor. We were mildly competitive-such as, without fail, for more than 30 years, we would call each other to compare how many kids came to our door for Halloween. She always won.

    Lynn was always much better with words and entertained us with great stories. I was better at drawing – which bugged her.

    I am certain that she is in heaven where she will hear my words:

    Dearest Lynn,

    You left us so suddenly. We are having trouble understanding why this is fair!
    This world needs more people like you – wise people who are kind, patient and tolerant.

    You have left a great legacy for my family, for all of our friends, and for the legal community.

    To my daughters, Emilie & Camille, you were held in high esteem. As children, you did memorable things with them – think junk food, shopping and the great ABBA concerts in your car with Alexis and Natalie. When we gathered as adults, you entertained us with your exaggerated and funny stories of our youth- usually at my expense!
    Your version of the events were always more convincing…

    We will miss that humor, those stories, your warmth and passionate caring for all.
    We will miss your welcoming hugs and especially your love.
    It is difficult to imagine our life without you being part of it.

    Many of your great qualities are reflected in my daughters. I am content with that.

    Dear sister,

    You have given us all so much.
    I love you with all my heart. I will miss you forever.

    Rest in peace,
    Your brother and family.

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  87. I offer you my deepest condoleances! Just try to remember the wonderful times you had with her. She loved life and her family! She now joined her eldest daughter but will be remembered by her youngest daughter to whom I send a war hug! Love Denise

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  88. I had the absolute privilege of working with the 9 Judges of the Provincial Court. Lynn was a delight to work with and a big help to me. I am devastated with her passing, so many memories of being with the Judges

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  89. Reading these many messages fills my heart with pride and gratitude for my friend ,Lynn. I got to know Lynn over 50 years ago at U of M. Cookie was a voice to be reckoned with…always involved,leader of fun and so caring to those around her. She loved my parents and delighted in bringing joy to people of any age. She lived with me while I housesat for a friend and sang so beautifully at our wedding.
    As years passed Christmas cards became our form of communication but you knew that Lynn was a phonecall away if needed.
    My love and sincere sympathy to Alan,Alexis,Larry and family.
    “A life well lived”❤️

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  90. Julia Ann Turnbull

    I was shocked and saddened this morning to learn of Lynn’s death. Calgary has lost a phenomenal judge who executed her duties with clarity of purpose, always keeping the best interests of the child paramount. In my early years of practice I appeared before her many times, as amicus curiae. I never doubted her decisions or the articulated reasons behind them. She will be sorely missed. My condolences to her family.

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  91. When you start at the Bar as a young lawyer, you appear in front of a cadre of Judges who become the ones that you always count on being there, day after day. As much as being a lawyer presents a daily challenge in attempting to assists clients, the role of a Judge is even harder in trying to balance competing interests and particularly to find what the best interests of children are when the parents lose sight of them.
    Judge Cook-Stanhope was one of those cadre of Judges for me – you could always count on her to be there, to put in the time, to actually hear what your clients had to say and to strive to do her very best to cut through the noise. Like many of you, I cannot imagine not appearing in front of her at Court and I believe our justice system will be diminished by her loss.
    To all of her family, while condolences can seem inconsequential in this time of loss, I offer them wholeheartedly and with the knowledge that she forever lives on in us – the Bar, the Bench and in all of those to whom she provided assistance over her lengthy career.

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  92. Sad to see this. I don’t remember much from my youth but I do remember appearing before Judge Cook-Stanhope. She really wanted to know what was going on, why this troubled youth was acting out. I will never forget the judge that believed in me when no one else did. The impact Judge Cook-Stanhope had on me that day literally changed the course of my entire life. So much so that 25 years later I was compelled to write to thank her. My condolences to the family, your mother, wife, loved one was an incredible person. I have little doubt the impact she has had on many more. A legacy she left indeed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family today. May you Rest In Peace.

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  93. Her Honour
    Was compassionate, fair minded,dedicated to finding a well considered just decision within the law.Her knowledge of the law was great.She could be plainspoken to young persons who disregarded the law but never lost sight of the fact that rehabilitation, and education for young people is a key for their success .
    Condolences to Alan and Lynn’s family. She is remembered with respect and affection.

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  94. Maureen McDonald

    Her Honour,
    I appeared before her honour on my Emergency Protection Order which she granted to me. I appeared several more times in front of her. She will be missed greatly and did not speak over me as I was not a lawyer. I thank her for her giving me the peace that I so needed during a very difficult time. She is respected always and remembered for her fairness.

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