Edmond Blanchard

Edmond Blanchard, a former Federal Court judge and New Brunswick cabinet minister, has died. (Canadian Bar Association)

A former Federal Court judge and New Brunswick cabinet minister has died. He was 60.

A statement from the Federal Court says Edmond Blanchard died on Friday after what is described as a brief illness.

Blanchard was elected to the New Brunswick legislature in 1987.

He held a number of cabinet positions in the New Brunswick government of Frank McKenna in the 1990s, including finance and attorney general.

After he left politics, he was appointed to the Federal Court where he served as a trial judge for several years before being named chief justice of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada.

Details of the funeral have not been announced.

McKenna says Blanchard was an extraordinary talent.

"He was superb at everything he touched," McKenna said in an email.

"He was devoted to public service, was adored by his constituents and admired by his colleagues. He made a rich contribution to his community, his province and his country."

A joint statement by Federal Court Chief Justice Paul Crampton and Dolores Hansen, acting chief justice of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada called Blanchard an exceptional person.

"His outstanding judicial work was marked by wise judgment, thoroughness and attention to detail."