Members of the legal and judicial fraternity today reacted to news of the passing of former Chief Justice Sir Denys Ambrose Williams who died today at
A Barbadian scholar, Sir Denys studied at Combermere and Harrison College and then went on to Oxford University.
He was admitted to the English Bar as a member of the Middle Temple.
Sir Denys, built an illustrious career becoming the youngest judge in the Commonwealth and later one of its longest serving jurists.
Outside of the judicial fraternity, he also served as acting Governor General between December 1995 and June 1996 and sat on a number of tribunals.
In response to his death, Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson said he was priviledge to have worked under the luminary.
“He was a tower of strength and a true leader of the judiciary . . . he was gracious, kind and enormously erudite and learned in the law,” Sir Marston said.
As he expressed his condolences, President of the Bar Association Tariq Khan told Barbados TODAY, Sir Denys has left a lasting legacy of outstanding work, integrity and commitment.
“As a Chief justice, he distinguished himself. His loss will be greatly felt by people who currently practice at the Bar and people who have had an experience of meeting with him. He gave his time to Barbados that is something that ought to be remembered.
“He is a jurist who went beyond serving as judge, he was somebody who gave to the community and took his role extremely seriously and exercised it with pride and with commitment and determination.”
Former Attorney General and Opposition MP Dale Marshall QC also praised Sir Denys contribution to the island as he reminisced on his outstanding legal career.
“He was courteous, dignified and possessed an extensive knowledge of the law. His judicial manner was such that he displayed a level of sensitivity and understanding both to the lawyer and the client. One of his most outstanding attributes was his ability to deliver judgements in a timely manner, such that there could be no allegation of justice being denied as a result of justice being delayed.”
Marshall also pointed out that Sir Denys led by example and stressed that his work would be missed but not forgotten.
“Sir Denys arrived at work early and was often one of the last to leave. He was a true nation builder, helping to instill confidence in the application of the law to citizens, which has been a key component of the Barbadian brand of stability in a newly independent country.”
Sir Denys Williams leaves to mourn his wife Lady Williams, children and grandchildren.