Legal Legacy

Ed Honeywell

1943 - 2012

A third-generation Ottawa lawyer, Ed grew up in Ottawa and was educated at Carleton University (B.A. 1965) and the University of Ottawa (LL.B. 1968). He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1970.

Ed was a lawyer in the Real Estate Group of Soloway Wright LLP from the year 1975 until his passing in 2012. Ed’s practice focussed primarily on commercial real estate including acquisitions, divestitures, land development, residential developer sales, secured lending, and mortgage financings. Ed’s attention to detail, especially with respect to titles, was legendary. He was acknowledged as being one of the foremost experts on title issues in Ontario.  His love of title issues began at the age of 15 when he was working as a summer clerk in the Ottawa Land Registry Office; Ed would spend subsequent summers title searching for Ottawa law firms.

During his career, Ed distinguished himself through exemplary service to the CCLA, the legal profession, and the community. Ed was a wise, caring, and patient mentor, teacher, and advisor to junior associates and senior members of the real estate, municipal, corporate, and litigation bars in this province. He not only mentored in his knowledge of the law but how to apply it and how to ensure that clients receive the best available advice and representation.

As an active performer on the classical guitar for more than 40 years, Ed was also frequently involved with legal aspects of the music business and was consulted and gave advice from time to time on music-related issues.

Ed was the recipient of the CCLA 2012 Solicitors Award and the 2012 Award of Excellence in Real Estate by the Ontario Bar Association.

Ed was an entirely self-taught classical guitarist – Ottawa’s first. He appeared in more than 250 radio performances in central and eastern Canada and gave concerts in Canada, the USA, Venezuela, Mexico, and El Salvador. For 15 years Ed was a part-time professor of classical guitar in the music department of the University of Ottawa. Ed was particularly fond of the Spanish composers and flamenco guitar; Ed was officially recognized by Spain for the promotion of Spanish culture in Canada.

In all his endeavours, Ed was supported by his wife Saide and extended family: children Christina and Charlie, step-children Ramses and Lorena, and his numerous grandchildren.