In Memoriam: The Honourable Peter deCarteret Cory

  • April 09, 2020

From the Supreme Court of Canada

It is with sadness that the judges and employees of Supreme Court of Canada learned that the Honourable Peter deCarteret Cory passed away in Mississauga, Ontario, on April 7, 2020. Born in Windsor, Ontario, on October 25, 1925, Justice Cory studied at the University of Western Ontario (Assumption) and at Osgoode Hall Law School. As a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he served overseas with 6th Bomber Group during the Second World War.

Justice Cory was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario High Court in 1974 and elevated to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1981. On February 1, 1989, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. He served on the Supreme Court of Canada for ten years, retiring on June 1, 1999.

On behalf of the members of the Supreme Court of Canada, Chief Justice Richard Wagner mourned Justice Cory’s passing.

“Peter Cory stood tall among his peers as a jurist of integrity and wisdom,” said Chief Justice Wagner. “His contributions in the area of criminal law, and especially his fierce defence of the Charter rights of accused persons, have stood the test of time. He left a lasting mark on our jurisprudence. Among his colleagues, he remains admired for his patience, civility, and hard work. We extend our deepest and sincerest condolences to his family.”