Lewis H.M. Ayre

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Lewis Haldane Miller Ayre, CM (April 22, 1914 – December 8, 1985) was a Canadian businessman.

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, he started working at his family's company of Ayre and Sons Ltd. in 1931. Ayre would transform it to a holding company which owned Job Brothers & Co., Limited, J. Michaels Fashions Ltd., Northatlantic Fisheries, Blue Buoy Foods Ltd., and Holly's Ltd.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland Telephone Co. Ltd. and Dominion Stores Ltd. In addition, he was a member of the board of regents of Memorial University.

In 1981, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the business life of Newfoundland and to educational and charitable projects in his province and native city of St. John's.

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  • "Retailer built country-wide chain". The Globe and Mail. December 10, 1985. p. N20.

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