Sir Ronald Waterhouse, who led a three-year inquiry into child abuse in Wales, has died at the age of 85.
Born in Holywell, Flintshire, the former High Court judge published Lost in care in February 2000.
It focussed on widespread abuse in the care system from 1974 and led to the creation of Wales’s first Children’s Commissioner in 2001.
Complaints were made about 40 homes across north Wales, with most allegations centring on seven.
Evidence was heard from 650 people and Sir Ronald made 72 recommendations as a result.
A FACT spokesman said that whilst Sir Ronald rightly criticised standards of care in children’s home across North Wales his inquiry was criticised by both complainants (former care home residents) and accused (carers and teachers) as being too superficial.
Sir Ronald died suddenly at his home on 8 May, his 85th birthday.