Judge Roy E. Kimball

Born in Saint John, N.B., on August 21, 1930, Judge Kimball, affectionately known as "Bud", moved to Halifax as a child. After spending three summers working as a labourer and teacher on the railroads with Frontier College, Judge Kimball enrolled at the University of King's Collge. In 1960 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and went on to earn his Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University the same year.

Judge Kimball was called to the Bar on December 3, 1960, and married the love of his life, Carol Jane McCurdy the following year. They settled in Windsor and had three sons, Andrew, Burns, and Ian. Judge Kimball practiced law in the community; the family's winters were filled with their sons' hockey and summers were spent at their beloved cottage at Crescent Beach on the South Shore.

Judge Kimball was appointed to the Provincial Court on May 4, 1967, and was later chosen by his colleagues to serve as a President of the Provincial Judges Association of Nova Scotia.


While serving on the Bench, Judge Kimball found time to continue his studies. In 1987, he was awarded his Masters of Laws degree from Dalhousie University. He was the first recipient of the degree in the part-time Masters programme. His thesis was entitled "The Provincial Court of Nova Scotia: The Struggle for Excellence".

Judge Kimball always had a keen interest in history. Among his many accomplishments, in 1989 he published a history Nova Scotia's provincial courts. The book, entitled "The Bench", is still a valuable reference today.

Judge Kimball was predeceased by his wife and his brothers, Gene and Bob. He will be sadly missed by his immediate family: Andrew Kimball and Dee Conrad of Petite Riviere and their family, Mitchell, Geoff, Jane and Jack; Burns and Sarah Kimball of Rothesay, N.B., and their boys, Jeremy and Nathan; and Ian Kimball and Michelle Wamboldt of Crescent Beach, and their sons, Sam and Finn. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Alice and Nadine, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A service to commemorate Judge Kimball's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 12, in Wesley United Church, 22 Drew's Hill Rd., Petite Riviere. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Ark/Lunenburg County Association for the Specially Challenged or The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

"The Bench", published in 1989, details the history of the provincial courts in Nova Scotia.