Isle of Man mourns death of Deemster Kerruish

DEEMSTER Kerruish has died, Government House announced this morning

Lieutenant Governor Sir Paul Haddacks said: 'I am greatly saddened by the death of His Honour Deemster Kerruish.

'I very much valued his wise counsel and his friendship.

'His Honour was a true Manxman and he will be a great loss to the Isle of Man. Lady Haddacks and I extend our deepest sympathy to Marianne and his family.;

Deemster Kerruish was educated at Douglas High School for Boys and the University of London, and served in the Royal Air Force before embarking on a distinguished legal career.

He was appointed HM Attorney General for the Isle of Man in October 1993 and held this post until January 1998 when he became Second Deemster.

From 2003 until his death, he served as First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls, presiding as Chief Judge of the Island's High Court of Justice.

Pay your tributes to Deemster Kerruish here.


My thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.


All the best to Dan, Summer and family. A great man who will be sadly missed by many.


What a truly wonderful man. Even though he rose through the ranks he always had time for old friends. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very sad time


Even though he held such a responsible position he never forgot his roots and was a true gentleman who was as happy talking to the man in the street as he was to distinguished QC's. He was a lovely man with a wonderful sense of humour and he will be greatly missed by many people. My thoughts are with Marianne and family at this sad time. R.I.P.


Mike Kerruish was our Patron for the Isle of Man Junior Chamber of Commerce from 2007. Despite his incredibly busy workload, he always found time to support our organization, even during his illness and it was an absolute privilege to know him and work with him during this time. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife & family.

STEVE BURDETT, President, Isle of Man Junior Chamber of Commerce

A great man with a wonderful sense of humour who never forgot his roots. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his devoted wife and family.

GEOFF, Douglas

My thoughts and condolences to Marianne and the family. Mike was an amazing man and it was an honour to have known him. He will be sadly missed. RIP Mike.


One of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You will be greatly missed Mike. My thoughts and love are with Marianne, Dan and Summer xxx


A true gentleman


With deepest sympathy to his family. Deemster Kerruish was a pleasure to work for, and always remembered names and faces. He was a true gentleman and will be sadly missed.


My thoughts are with Summer and Family. All the best.


Mike was a wonderful man. He was kind and caring and he had a great sense of humour who brought warmth and cheer when he came in to the room. It was a real pleasure to have known Mike and my thoughts and sympathy go out to Marianne, Daniel and Summer and all the Family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was one of the best. God Bless you Mike R.I.P.


So sad to hear this news. I have known Mike since I was about 5 years old. He was an Agneasher through & through & never forgot his roots. My favourite memory is him saying 'how are you doing gal' & his laugh. My thoughts are with Marianne, Daniel & Summer, remember the happy times. x


We endorse all the comments we have read. He was a real person and will be sadly missed.


A great man who will be sadly missed across the Island and beyond. All our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. Rest In Peace Mike.


There are great men, who can make every man feel small. But the truly great man, is the man that makes every man feel great. Deemster, you will be sadly missed Sir. An inspiration to all who met you. A gentleman to all who worked with you.


A fine man and a judge who was respected not only in Mann but across the world. A grievous loss.


My uncle brought him to my house to teach me the basics of company law, which I was studying at the time. A kind, patient man.


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