(Aug. 31, 2019) It’s with a heavy heart the Town of Ocean City announces the passing of longtime City Solicitor, Guy R. Ayers III. Ayers, a true icon in our municipal government, passed away at his home in the early hours of Saturday, August 31.
A dedicated and passionate public servant, Ayres served the Town of Ocean City for more than four decades. After being admitted to the bar in 1971, he was later elected to City Council on September 18, 1978. Four years later, on January 4, 1982, Ayres was appointed to City Solicitor, a position he held with integrity and devotion until the day of this death.
“Guy’s passing is a tremendous loss for his family, friends and for the Town of Ocean City,” commented Mayor Rick Meehan. “His love, compassion and knowledge can never be replaced. Guy was our rock.”
With 37 years of service as City Solicitor, Ayres truly was a “rock” in our town government. Nearly memorizing the city code, Ayres could recite ordinances and reflect on past motions with institutional knowledge and experience unlike anyone else. Along with his work with the Town, Ayres also was a partner with the law firm of Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand. His practice areas included Municipal Law, Administrative Law, Real Estate, and Civil Litigation, which he used to litigate hundreds of cases for the Town of Ocean City.
“As we join Kay, Courtney, Chase and Chip, along with the entire Ayres family, in mourning Guy’s passing, we also celebrate the life and fond memories of our beloved friend and City Solicitor,” Mayor Meehan continued. “Though he is no longer with us in person, his legacy and enormous spirit will live on in Ocean City forever.”
(Ocean City) Guy Robins Ayres III died on Saturday, August 31, 2019at his home in Ocean City, Maryland. Born in Salisbury, Maryland, June 25,1945, he was the son of the late Guy Robins Ayres, Jr. and Marjolane Reilly Ayres Hopkins.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Kay Watson Ayres; his daughter Courtney Ayres Seward (husband John and daughter Katherine) of Portland, Oregon; his son Chip Ayres of Ocean City; and son Chase Ayres (husband Jeremiah Berger) of Brooklyn, New York. He is also survived by his sister Melanie Ayres Merryweather (husband Tom and daughter Lanie M. Wooten) of Cambridge, Maryland.
Mr. Ayres graduated in 1967 from University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science Degree and continued his education at the University of Baltimore graduating in 1970 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
He was admitted to the bar in 1971, Maryland and U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1974, U.S. Supreme Court, 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; elected Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers, 2009; Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; AV rated in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory; Marquis, Who's Who.
Mr. Ayres was a dedicated and passionate public servant who was appointed city solicitor for Ocean City in 1982 until the time of his death.
In 1983, he was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Time Sharing. He served as an Ocean City Councilman from 1978 until 1982. He was also a member of Worcester County (Treasurer, 1976: Secretary, 1977: Vice President, 1978; President 1979), Maryland State and American Bar Associations; National Institute of Municipal Law Officers: Maryland Municipal Attorney’s Association (Treasurer, 1984-1986; Secretary, 1986-1987; Vice President, 1987-1988; President, 1988-1989).
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at The Ocean City Performing Arts Center in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City.
Friends may come to greet the family from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., with a service immediately following. The Rev. Matthew D’Amario will officiate.
Donations may be made to Atlantic General Hospital, 9733 Healthway Drive, Berlin, MD, 21811 or Ocean City Paramedic Foundation, P.O. Box 3099, Ocean City, MD 21842. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.