OBITUARY

Constance Rachelle Glube

Constance Rachelle Glube FORMER PROVINCIAL CHIEF JUSTICE PASSES AWAY IN HALIFAX

GLUBE, Constance Rachelle (0C, ONS, LL.D., L.H.D), age 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family February 15, 2016, in QEII Health Science Centre whose Foundation she saved as chair from 2007-2009. The city, province and Canada have lost a woman who gave much of herself to her legal profession and the many community organizations to which she lent her extensive wisdom and expertise.

Born in Ottawa November 23, 1931 and married for 45 years to Richard Glube prior to his passing in 1997, Connie was a daughter of the late Sam and Pearl (Slonensky) Lepofsky. She is survived by her sister, Sheila Pollock, Ottawa; sons, John, Toronto; Harry (Wanda Pottle), Halifax; and Joe (Elizabeth), Oakville, Ont.; and daughter, Erica Kolatch (Barry), Silver Springs, Md.

Also surviving are grandchildren, Naomi Kolatch (Mark) Marcus, Newton, Mass.; Eliezer Kolatch and daughter-in-law Shoshana Covel Kolatch Teaneck, N.J.; and Aharon Kolatch, Brooklyn, N.Y.; as well as Caleb and Tia Globe, Oakville, Ont; and great-grandchildren, Alana and Mikey Marcus and Alon and Tal Kolatch.

Connie's contribution to the law in Nova Scotia started after she received an arts degree from McGill University in 1952 and a law degree from Dalhousie University in 1955. She worked in private legal firms before joining the City of Halifax in 1969 for five years as a solicitor.

Connie Glube was a woman of firsts. In 1974, she became city manager of Halifax, the first woman city manager in Canada. In late 1977, a telephone call from then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau informed a disbelieving Connie, always a non-political person, that she was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the first woman in that role in the province.

In 1982, she was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Province, the first woman Chief Justice in Canada. In 1988, she became Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Ten years later, she was named Administrator of the Government of the Province of Nova Scotia, retiring from the post and as Chief Justice in December 2004.

A Queen's Counsel, she was named to the Order of Nova Scotia in 2005 and became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006. Connie received honourary degrees from Dalhousie University, Mount St. Vincent University and Saint Mary's University. She was an honourary member of the Canadian Bar Association and International Association of Women Judges. In 2006, she received the Senior of the Year Award from Northwood Foundation for her inspiration as a senior and to others.

Always a woman of integrity, dignity and generosity, Connie was never one to ruffle feathers, except in situations when she knew she was right, of course. Her constant smile nude people feel welcome in her presence. You were the focus of her attention, and were met with eye contact in any conversation. As a judge, she was known for complete impartiality and she led her private life the same way, remaining unaffiliated with external organizations to retain that judicial independence.

As a judge she was focused on finding what was right. Her sense of fairness carried into her private life where she treated everyone as equal.

Once retired in 2004, Connie changed, opening up to new adventures and expressing a passion for other interests. Playing bridge became her second career as the created relationships and commitments to games that she will miss, and friends and bridge partners who will miss her dearly. Her bridge partners and friends became a second family, some even calling her "Mum". Her prowess led to becoming a "Ruby Life Master". Even last week, she was eagerly 'oolong forward to participating in an out-of-town bridge anise in February.

Family was important to her. She had already scheduled a March hip to Santa Fe to celebrate her sister-in-law's 91st birthday. While married to Dick, and later with her children and grandchildren, Connie saw much of the world through her extensive travels. With great affection, she treated her children and grandchildren equally; ensuring time and resources were spread equally among them.

Her children reflected CM her generosity. "She gave back to so many causes because she felt she was so blessed in her life," said Harry.

She served on many boards, commissions and charitable organizations including Shaar Shalom Synagogue (she and Dick were original members of the congregation which Dick's father, Joe, helped found in 1957), the Tridents of Neptune Theatre, Halifax Grammar School, Halifax Court House Commission, Institute of Public Ad-ministration of Canada, Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, Atlantic region, Halifax Heritage Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Di-vision, National Judicial institute, Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax Hadassah-Wizo, Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Foundation of Ileitis and Colitis, Massada, Lieutenant Governor Arts Award Foundation, QEII Foundation as member, vice-chair and chair, honorary president Nova Scotia Barristers Society, Halifax Community Learning Network, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

A woman of eclectic interests, Connie enjoyed time gardening and swimming. She was a regular attendee at Symphony Nova Scotia concerts, Neptune Theatre and other arts endeavors.

The family wishes to thank Doctors, Nurses and staff at the QE II Health Sciences Center for their gentle care during Connie’s brief hospitalization after a massive stroke.

A celebration of Connie's life will take place in Shoat Shalom Synagogue, 1981 Oxford St., Halifax, Wednesday at 2 p. m., followed by interment in Shaar Shalom Cemetery, Connaught Avenue. The family will receive guests during the Shiva mounting period at 5920 Inglewood Dr., Halifax, Wednesday from 7-9 p.m., Thurs-day from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. and Saturday from 7-9 p.m.

Donations in Connie's memory may be made to Constance R. Glube Bursary Fund (Dalhousie Law School) or Glube Fund (Shaar Shalom Congregation) or a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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March 12, 2016

Connie and Dick became dear friends when we moved to Nova Scotia, Canada. They were wonderful intelligent friends with whom, over the years, we discussed and debated all manner of world affairs and legal issues. Don worked with Dick at Dalhousie University - which is how we met.

We shared wonderful good times together.
We will never forget our great times dining with them (fab dinners) in their home over the Arm, in Halidax, (or at Fat Frank's etc)

We were't Jewish - but we were introduced to Jewish traditions (and many special occasions) and Connie & Dick's wonderful Jewish friends. Over time, we came to understand the struggles that minorities (especially religious minorities) face.

Connie's successes were not just remarkable because she was a woman who rose to a position of significant influence in an incredibly chauvinistic era; but also because she did this despite also having to fight religious prejudice. She never complained about this - which was in itself remarkable.

Connie was one of the most informed, unbiased, intelligent women I have ever met. She (& Dick) loved their family to bits. We felt Dick's death (due to leukaemia) as if he were a member of our own family. We feel the same about Connie's passing.

I wish we had been better at keeping in touch over the years after we moved away. (Though we have great memories of Connie visiting us in Auckland, New Zealand)

Our deepest sympathy to Connie's family (and to Canada) - on the passing of a treasure to her family and friends, Canada, and mankind.

Judy Insky Goldberg

February 26, 2016

To Connie's family It is February 25th and I have just learned of Connie's passing. I will introduce myself as a McGill friend of Connie. My parents and Connie's parents ( the Lepofskys of Ottawa) were good friends. Connie and I were at McGill at the same time and also were members of S.D.T. Sorority. What fun we had and she spent many weekends at our home ( dating and living in residence was not compatible) .I will always remember Connie, as keen, bright,sharp.
I was fortunate to have had a reunion with Connie in Halifax, about 10 years ago. I hope the memories of this wonderful lady will give you strength. Special condolences to Sheila who I knew many years ago.

Judy Insky Goldberg London Ontario

Judy Insky-Goldberg

February 26, 2016

Dear family of Connie: It is February 26th, and I have just learned of Connie's passing. My parents were very good friends of Connie's parents ( the Lepofskys of Ottawa). Connie and I went to McGill together. We were sorority sisters and she spent many weekends in our home, because living in residence and weekend dating with Richard were in conflict. She was so enthusiastic and successful in everything she did. We were able to have a reunion when I was in Halifax about 10 years ago. We shared many fond remembrances. My condolences to all and especially her sister Sheila.

Judy Insky Goldberg London, Ontario

Heidi Schedler

February 22, 2016

My deepest and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Connie Glube. I had the absolute honour and pleasure of clerking for the Court of Appeal while she was the Chief. I respected and admired her so much while working with her that I struggled to call her "just Connie" after she retired, though she always insisted. Suffice it to say, "Connie" was an inspiration to me and to many other women in the legal profession. I will never forget the impact she had on me and on the legal profession as a whole. She was spectacular! My heart goes out to her family and friends during this difficult time.

Wayne Yogis

February 20, 2016

My sincerest condolences on the most unfortinate passing of Connie. I had the pleasure of being associated with Connie for many years at the City of Halifax. She will be greatly missed.

February 18, 2016

To the Family,
My condolences to you at this difficult time.

Selma Vineberg
Halifax, Npva Scotia

joeanne coffey

February 17, 2016

To all the in the Glube family, please accept my condolence on Connie's passing. Connie was so helpful to many of the rookie bridge players who came to know her at The Bridge Studio in Halifax. She was gentle with her criticism, shared all her bridge tips with us, and was lavish with praise when we played well. I will always remember her sweet smile and friendly manner at the bridge table.

LeeAnne MacLeod-Archer

February 17, 2016

Sincere condolences to the Glube family. CJ Glube was a role model for young female lawyers and judges like myself. Though she probably didn't consider herself a trailblazer, she paved the road for many of us to achieve success in the profession. I recall reading an article she wrote many years ago on the attitudes and barriers she faced in law school, which I referenced in an International Women's Day talk. The audience included older nurses and teachers who told me they faced their own battles with sexist attitudes during their early careers. It brought home to me the huge advances we've made due to women like CJ Glube. Her passing is a sad loss to the bench and legal community.

David Ingham

February 17, 2016

Dear Joseph and Family,
I will always remember your mother( and father) as being very kind and generous parents. They always made me feel very welcome in your home when we were growing up together on Balmoral Rd.
It goes without saying that your mother had a very distinguished and fulfilling career!
Please accept my condolences and I hope you and your siblings find comfort in the good memories you have when you were all growing up together as a family in Halifax.

Don Kyte

February 16, 2016

February 16,2016
Harry:
It was with deep sadness that I read of your mom's passing. She had a truly amazing life and has left a great legacy for you and your family. I did not have the privilege of knowing your mom but I was honoured to know your dad at the Dalhousie Business School and had the greatest respect for him and the wonderful stories he told of the early days of Glubes. Please accept my deepest condolences. Sincerely, Don Kyte