Roy St. George Stubbs, born in 1907, is one of seven children of whom four became lawyers. Their father was Lewis St. George Stubbs, who was born in the Turks and Caicos Islands and came after service in the South African War to Manitoba where he became a lawyer and is well remembered as an outspoken judge of the County Court and Surrogate Court, social critic and reformer, and long time independent Member of the Legislative Assembly.
Roy Stubbs was educated in Provencher School and The University of Manitoba and worked for a year as a reporter for the Winnipeg Tribune before entering the Manitoba Law School. He received his law degree and was called to the Bar and admitted as a solicitor in 1936. Thereafter, he practised law with his father and brothers, save for wartime years in which he served in England and India with the RCAF, when he became a Squadron Leader and had occasion to employ his legal knowledge in several courts martial. In 1970, he was appointed Senior Judge of the Winnipeg Family and Juvenile Court and served in that office until his retirement in 1977.
While Judge Stubbs served his province in and through the law, his professional work has not confined or exhausted the scope of his inquiry and activity. He is a writer with a wide range of sympathies and interests.
The possessor of a fine library, generously shared with others, he has a deep love of literature and respect for the evocative and persuasive power of language. Although steeped in the classics, he has always been responsive to new Canadian voices in fiction and, especially, poetry; and in appreciative and understanding reviews and addresses, has helped them to be heard.
Roy Stubbs has preserved and made known the record of Western Canada's legal institutions and the lawyers and litigants, often colourful and controversial, who gave them shape and life. In his books--Lawyers and Laymen of Western Canada, Prairie Portraits, and Four Recorders of Rupert's Land--and countless articles, he pioneered study of this important part of our social and intellectual heritage. The authors of a later standard work on the history of Manitoba law and lawyers, writing in 1970, said, "Western Canadian legal history owes more to Judge Stubbs than to any other man. He has kept the candle of interest in the subject alight for over thirty years and at times it has been a very lonely vigil." Today, his works continue to give help and inspiration to later scholars following into the fields he was early to survey and explore.