The legal fraternity is mourning the passing of prominent St James attorney Roy S. Fairclough.

Fairclough died Sunday morning in hospital after ailing for some time.

He was 72-years-old.

Fairclough’s wife, Fay said her husband went into the field of law so that he could assist the less fortunate.

She then referred to a man who he successfully represented in court.

She said some years after his acquittal, the man saw both of them walking in the town and reminded Fairclough that he was the one who represented him.

Fay said the man told Fairclough that he wanted to show his appreciation and went into his pocket and took out what he had and gave it to her husband.

The money turned out to be 50-dollars and Fairclough accepted it.

The 72-year-old attorney, who practiced law for about 40-years, represented clients in Criminal and Civil matters and also provided advice to those in need.

He also taught at the Norman Manley Law School for several years.

Fairclough represented clients in several high-profile cases, including the former Councillor for the Salt Spring division in St. James, the PNP’s Sylvan Reid.

In 2015, Fairclough initially represented Reid who in 2017 was given a conditional discharge in the fatal accident involving 14-year-old Jouvhaine Whitmore, the son of National senior football team coach Theodore Whitmore.

In 2013, he also represented Reid who was freed of charges of unlawful possession of the property in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrates Court.