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His Honour J W Corrin CBE TH (1932-2019)

Constitutionalist and Supporter of Charitable Causes

Born in the Isle of Man in 1932, John William Corrin (known as Jack) was educated at Fairfield Murray’s Road School before winning a scholarship to attend King William’s College. When he left school, he became articled to a Manx advocate and was called to the Manx Bar in 1954. After completing two years of national service, he went on to become a senior partner at law firm Dickinson Cruickshank and Co.

In 1974, Corrin was appointed Her Majesty’s Attorney General for the Isle of Man, an office he held until 1980, when he was appointed Second Deemster. He became First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls in 1988. During this period, he successfully encouraged the legal profession in the Isle of Man to reenergise itself with young people.

In addition to his constitutional work, Corrin demonstrated selfless commitment to many charitable causes in the Isle of Man. He supported, among others, the Douglas Buxton Music Trust, the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association, the Manx Asthma Association, Crossroads Caring for Carers, the Alcohol Advisory Council, and the Manx Housing Trust. He was the former president of the Isle of Man Postgraduate Medical Centre, an honorary member of the Isle of Man Medical Society, a honorary life member of the Isle of Man Law Society, as well as trustee of the Manx Methodist Church, the Manx Foundation for the Physically Disabled, and Ellan Vannin House. He spent 28 years as the Chairman of the Manx Workshop for the Disabled, overseeing much change during his tenure.

In 1995, Corrin was awarded the CBE in recognition of his years of public service to the Island, and in 1998 he was made a Freeman of the Borough of Douglas.

Worthy work and selfless commitment