Lewis H.M. Ayre
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.
- "Retailer built country-wide chain". The Globe and Mail. December 10, 1985. p. N20.
- Order of Canada, List of Newfoundland and Labrador Recipients
- Order of Canada citation
- Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame citation
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