While not officially part of the McMurtry Gardens of Justice, I’m going to include the Frederick G. Gans QC Memorial here as he was a dedicated servant of the law and a well-known advocate for human rights. His memorial is located on the garden grounds across from Osgoode Hall.
Frederick Gans was a respected family lawyer in Toronto. According to friends and colleagues, he was a fair man, one not given to the adversarial nature of family law that was typical in the late seventies. On December 5th, 1978, Gans was in the hallway of a courthouse when the ex-husband of a woman he was representing shot him at point blank range. He was killed instantly.
The shooter was found to be not guilty by reason of insanity.
In 1980 a memorial funded by colleagues, friends and family was unveiled in Frederick Gans’ honour in what is now the McMurtry Gardens of Justice.