Bruce Procope QC dies

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How coincidental it is for the head of a law chambers and another senior lawyer of the same firm to die at the same time?

Well-known Queens Counsel, Bruce Procope, died last Saturday, and attorney David Patrick followed immediately after.

Procope may be the last of the lawyers carrying “QC” behind his name. He was 92.

On Saturday, friends, family and well-wishers will gather at the All Saints Church, Marli Street, Port of Spain, to say goodbye to Procope.

Patrick will be buried on Monday after a service at All Saints.

Procope died three years after his second wife, Pamela Procope, died.

He leaves to mourn five children and stepchildren, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He qualified as a barrister at the Middle Temple, London, 1948.

Procope worked on many high profile cases. One such case was the Dole Chadee trial in 1996 when he was the de facto leader of the defence team, although Englishman Ronald Thwaites QC was present.

Procope also appeared for Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson case, who are still fighting extradition to the United States with respect to the construction of the Piarco International Airport.

He was also a race horse owner and one time served as President of the Arima Race Club at Santa Rosa Park.

Apart from law, Procope also had a deep love for the arts.

Procope was the first chairman of the board of Maritime Life Caribbean Ltd, serving in the formative years from 1972 to 1995.

Steve Ferguson, a former Maritime Chairman said, “He was a brilliant, generous and courageous person of deep learning and a sense of humanity. These qualities were very visible whether he was in the role of a state prosecutor or defender of human rights or chairman of the board. ”

“Mr Procope never complained or fussed about anything, he was always looking towards the future and brighter days ahead.”
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