Calvin Tallis
Calvin Tallis

Obituary of Calvin Forrester Tallis

Honourable Calvin Forrester Tallis


Calvin passed away on October 14, 2021 in Regina, SK.  Calvin is survived by his wife Dorothy; niece Valerie and her husband Joel of Wolseley, SK; his nephew Terry Tallis of California; great-nephew Josh Tallis and his wife Janelle and their newborn son Jackson Forrester of Florida.  Cal was blessed with numerous and loving relatives and livelong friends who brought much joy, support, and laughter to his life. His wisdom and wit touched so many lives throughout his career in Law and as a family man. 

Hon Calvin F. TALLIS, Q.C., B.A., LL.B., was a farmer and retired Justice of the Court of Appeal of Saskatchewan.

He graduated from Borden High school in 1946 and Saskatoon Normal School thereafter. After teaching for a year in rural Saskatchewan, he attended the University of Saskatchewan graduating with a B.A. in 1952 and LL.B. in 1954. He read law with J.M.Goldenberg, Q.C. and was called to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1955. He received a Queen’s Counsel appointment in 1968.

Justice Tallis practiced law as a former partner of Goldenberg, Taylor & Tallis 1955 to 1976 in Saskatoon, SK. He also was a long-time lecturer in Civil Procedure in the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to a busy practice, Justice Tallis served as vice-chairman of the Provincial Police Commission; a member of the Medical Complaints Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan; and a bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

In 1976 he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Northwest Territories where he served 1976-1981; he held additional appointments as Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory; Justice of Appeal, Court of Appeal, NWT; Justice of Appeal, Court of Appeal, Nunavut; former Justice of Appeal, Yukon Territory. He was appointed a Justice of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan 1981, and retired in 2005.

Family and friends so wishing, may make memorial donations in memory of Justice Tallis to the College of Law for use in the Law Library, 15 Campus Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A6.

A private family Graveside Committal Service will take place where Calvin will be laid to rest in the Tallis family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon. Condolences may be left for the family at or Arrangements have been entrusted to Speers Funeral Chapel and Saskatoon Funeral Home.


“The world is a lesser place without him.”

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