Roger D. Yachetti, LL.B., Q.C.
It is with sad and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden, yet peaceful, passing of our founding lawyer, long-time colleague and friend, Roger Yachetti, on September 16, 2018.
Roger D. Yachetti practiced entirely in the field of litigation, both Civil and Criminal, for over 50 years.
Devotion to his city and his country was evident in everything he tried to contribute throughout his life. His untiring work ethic, love of his profession, respect for his colleagues and dedication to the people he advised, was unmistakable to the very end.
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, in both Arts and Law, Mr. Yachetti was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1966. At graduation from law school, he was awarded the Gold Medal and, at the Bar Admission Course, he was awarded the Treasurer's Medal – the highest award available.
Over the years, Mr. Yachetti distinguished himself as a leading litigator in Civil and Criminal matters. He was recognized as such by being appointed Queen's Counsel in 1979, and by the recognition of his peers – by having been awarded the Hamilton Law Association's Emilius Irving Award for outstanding contribution, in 2004.
Mr. Yachetti was a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the governing body for the legal profession in the Province of Ontario, since 1979. After being elected on four separate occasions, and serving for 16 years as an Elected Bencher, he opted to become a Life Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1995.
Mr. Yachetti was involved in numerous community organizations, including a three year stint as the Chairman of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club of the Canadian Football League, from 1992 to 1995. As such, he was also a Governor of the Canadian Football League.
Mr. Yachetti received numerous awards, including a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, the Emilius Irving Award by the Hamilton Law Association, Italo-Canadian Citizen of the Year in 1995, and induction into the Gallery of Distinction for the City of Hamilton for 1997.