Prominent Amherst lawyer passes away

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John LeMoine helped found Hicks LeMoine law firm

AMHERST – A prominent member of the legal community has died.
John LeMoine, 92, died Sunday at Northumberland Hall.

John LeMoine passed away Sunday at Northumberland Hall.

By Darrell Cole

Amherst News

AMHERST – A prominent member of the legal community has died.

John LeMoine, 92, died Sunday at Northumberland Hall.

LeMoine grew up in Amherst, graduating in 1939. He went on to pre-law at the University of King’s College and obtained his law degree from Dalhousie University in 1943.

He practiced with the firm of Daley, Phinney & Outhit in Halifax until July 1944 when he opened his own practice in Amherst, in offices previously occupied by the late W.W. Manning KC.

LeMoine practiced alone until 1966 when he joined with the late E. Clair Hicks QC to form the law firm of Hicks& LeMoine. He continued practicing law at their LaPlanche Street office until retiring in 1990.

He was the prosecuting officer for Cumberland County from 1956 to 1969 and was the Municipality of Cumberland’s solicitor from 1956 to 1990.

LeMoine was also a past president of the Cumberland County Barristers Association, a life member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society and served for many years on its council and various committees.

During his 47-year law career, he also served with the Canadian Bar Association and the Commercial Law League of America.

LeMoine was an avid baseball, softball, tennis, badminton, basketball and football player in school and college. He began curling in high school and continued playing until 2005.

He was elected a life member of the Amherst Curling Club in 1989.

The third Scout in Amherst to receive the King’s Scout Badge, LeMoine remained in scouting for many years serving in numerous capacities including assistant Cub master, cub master, assistant scout master, scout master, district commissioner, secretary and president of the local association. He was also chairman of the Queen’s Scout Examining Board.

The Amherst Board of Trade, Maritime Provinces Board of Trade, Cumberland County Children’s Aid Society, Amherst Skating Club, Amherst Fish & Game Association and the Canadian Kennel Club were just some of the organizations he volunteered with.

Other organizations he served with included the Amherst police commission, the Knights of Pythias, RCAF Association, United Way of Cumberland County and the Amherst and Cumberland North Progressive Conservative Association.

His funeral is set for Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church in Amherst.

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