Office of the Attorney General

Minister's message on death of Lewis C. Ayles (09/10/23)

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Oct. 23, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement on the death of former Court of Appeal justice Lewis C. Ayles was issued by Attorney General Michael Murphy:

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of former Court of Appeal justice Lewis C. Ayles. He was a leading figure in the administration of justice in our province and served the people of New Brunswick with distinction in many roles throughout his long and distinguished career.

A native of Campbellton, Lewis Ayles served the residents of his hometown as their MLA from 1967 until 1970. Appointed to the provincial court in 1971, he acquired a reputation for his knowledge of the law and the wisdom of his decisions. His experience and skill led to his appointment to the Court of Queen's Bench in 1983 and to the New Brunswick Court of Appeal in 1985.

Retiring from the bench in 2002, he was appointed as the first chair of the New Brunswick Insurance Board. His exemplary service to the law and to our province was recognized when he was appointed Queen's counsel in November 2004.

On behalf of the Government of New Brunswick, I wish to express my condolences to the family, friends and many colleagues in the legal community of Lewis Ayles for their great loss.