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    MORRIS. - The funeral has taken place of Maureen Morris who lived in Maesydre, Wrexham and passed away at her home on February 14th aged 79 years. She leaves her husband Raymond. The Funeral Service was at Pentrebychan, Wrexham followed by Cremation at Pentrebychan on Wednesday 1st March and was conducted by Rev. Jason Bray. Bearers were Harold, Paul, Gary, Chris, Micheal and Shaun. Mourners were Raymond, Kim, Gary, Amanda, Chris, Annmarie, brothers Ted, Harold, Paul, sisters Doreen and Joannie, sister-in-law Sylvia, brother-in-law Gary, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many relatives, friends and neighbours, too numerous to mention. Flowers were sent by family only. Mr Raymond Morris and family of the late Maureen Morris wish to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for sympathy received in their bereavement. Thanks also for donations amouting to £505.33 for The Shooting Star Unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

    Published in the Leader on Tue 14 Mar 2017

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    DAVIES. - John Gordon. The Funeral has taken place of John Gordon Davies, (Barney), who lived at Sherbourne Avenue, Bradley and passed away at Desborough on January 25th, 2017, aged 82. He leaves daughter Susan Jane, son-in-law Don, granddaughter Rachel and grandson Ben. The Funeral Service was at Gwersyllt Parish Church followed by Burial at Gwersyllt Cemetery on Saturday, 4th February. Bearers were Tony & Alan, (nephews), John & Rob, (friends). Mourners were many relatives, friends and neighbours, too numerous to mention. Susan and family of the late John Gordon wish to thank everyone for their sympathy in their bereavement. Thanks also for donations amounting to £150 for Nightingale House Hospice.

    Published in the Leader on Wed 15 Feb 2017

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    Eunice Elizabeth Jones - of Aberclywedog, Van Road, Llanidloes passed away at Llanidloes War Memorial Hospital on Saturday 7th January 2017 aged 96 years. She leaves Janet and Eifion, daughter and son-in-law, Hugh and Dorothy, son and daughter-in-law, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. A native of Llanwnog, moving to "Glyn", Llanidloes on her marriage to the late Thomas Tudor Jones in 1944. She was involved in the community, with Trinity Church playing an important role in her life. She supported Van Institute, and enjoyed being a member of Old Hall W.I. The large attendance in Trinity Church, Llanidloes on Saturday 14th January at the Service of Remembrance for the Life of Eunice was sympathetically led by The Rev. Penny Burkill, with a reading from The Rev. Meredith Powell and a special and honourable tribute from The Rev. Alan Wilcocks a family friend. The bearers were Roger, Stuart, Tudor, Simon, Clive and Robyn, grandsons. The service leaflets were distributed by Phil, granddaughter's husband and James, great grandson. Ushers were Neil Francis, nephew and Mal Jerman, friend and past neighbour. Interment followed at Dolhafren Cemetery. The family have gained much comfort and are overwhelmed by the love, support and prayers from relatives, neighbours and friends. The cards, flowers, gifts, phone calls and visits received have been a source of support at this difficult time. The generous donations in excess of £2,300 will be shared between Trinity Church and Wales Air Ambulance. Eunice received excellent medical care at the end of her long life and heartfelt thanks are given to Doctors and staff of Llanidloes Hospital, Health Centre and Pharmacy, District Nurses, T.L.C Carers, Maesywennol Day Centre and Penrallt Unit. The family also wish to thank The Rev. Penny Burkill for conducting the service, The Rev. Meredith Powell, The Rev. Alan Wilcocks for his memorable tribute, the organist Mr Neil Jerman and Mrs Valerie Owen for leading the singing. Also thanks to the caterers Frances Jones for excellent refreshments; St. Idloes Church for providing the venue; Bizzy Lizzy for the beautiful flowers and a special thank you to Ian & Marc Hughes of M. Jones & Son for their kind, thoughtful and professional funeral arrangements.

    Published in the County Times on Fri 10 Feb 2017

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    Paul Thomas - P - assed away on October 11, 2016 in California, following a traffic accident. He will be dearly missed by his wife Mimy Ng, ex-wife Carolyn Porter, son George Porter Thomas, and by his friends and family around the world. Paul was born in Chester in 1943 to Roy and Mona Thomas; the family moved to Welshpool in 1950. Paul attended Bronwylfa School and Welshpool High School, and always had fond memories of his childhood in Wales with his dear friends Tinty Griffith and Pete Roberts. He particularly enjoyed following Wolves and attending jazz concerts throughout the UK featuring all the ‘greats’ such as Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and many others. He also loved his annual trips to Suffolk joining other university students for ‘apple picking’ vacations. After graduating from the University of Manchester in 1965, he was among the first John F. Kennedy Scholars from the U.K. to attend Harvard University, where he was awarded a Doctorate in Political Theory in 1973. After teaching at the University of California, Davis and the University of Liverpool, Paul was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley from 1975 until his retirement in 2012. Across those four decades, he had a distinguished academic career, authoring and co-authoring four books on Marxism, and publishing widely on political theory and film. In the classroom, Paul was known for his vast cultural knowledge, teaching courses in American culture, music, film, and politics, and for mentoring several generations of undergraduate and graduate students with expertise, solidarity, and wit. At home, Paul loved nothing more than a crossword puzzle or a good book, except of course playing jazz really loud. He was an arch storyteller, and he found a way to share his infinite capacity for wonder with all. He was convivial to a fault, socially democratic in his politics and at his dinner parties, too. Some will note a strange coincidence here: when Paul was a small child in Welshpool, he ran into the street and was hit by a lorry. He survived, of course, and spent a month recovering in a hospital ward full of soldiers, where he had such a blast that, the story goes, he didn't want to go home. Perhaps it was from that experience that he got his joie de vivre, sense of humour, and love for good company. We best honour him by trying to live our lives with a little of his panache.

    Published in the County Times on Fri 10 Feb 2017

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    Clancy. - The funeral has taken place of Robert Clancy 'Bob' who lived in Acton, Wrexham and passed away at Pendine Park Bryn Bella on Jan 2nd 2017 aged 91 years. He leaves daughter Pam, son-in-law Paul, grandchildren Nic, Darren, Nina and Andy, great grandchildren Chloe and Jac and dear friend of Lorna. Bob was a retired steel erector. The Funeral Service was at Pentrebychan Crematorium on Jan 12th 2017 and was conducted by Jonathan Smith. Bearers were Andy, Darren, Peter, Gareth, Chris and Paul. Mourners were many relatives, friends and neighbours, too numerous to mention. Flowers were sent by Pam, Paul and family and Lorna and family. Pam, Paul and family of the late Robert Clancy wish to thank relatives, friends and neighbours for sympathy received in their bereavement. Thanks also for donations amounting to £320 for Bersham Ward and Bryn Bella Pendine Park.

    Published in the Leader on Tue 24 Jan 2017

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    FRANK JSALISBURY - 5th December 2016 Local Prestatyn man of 30 years passed away in Church, Stretton after a short illness aged 70 years. Frank was a local builder in Prestatyn and surrounding areas along with his partner "Big John". He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him, especially his elder brother Bob Salisbury.

    Published in the Rhyl Journal on Wed 18 Jan 2017

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    MATTHEWS. - The funeral has taken place of Anna Louise Matthews who lived in Coedpoeth, Wrexham and passed away at home on 21st November, 2016, aged 31 years. She leaves close family, too many to mention by name and many friends, neighbours and work colleagues. Anna was a pupil at Ysgol Bryn Tabor, Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Yale College and Glyndwr University. She was a netball player for many clubs and Wales Netball Team, loved swimming, dancing, singing and was an avid Wrexham Football supporter, Man Utd supporter and her country Wales Football and Rugby. She worked at JJB, Ernest Jones, Scottish Power and Ysgol Morgan Llwyd. The funeral service was at St. Tudfil’s Church, Coedpoeth followed by burial at Coedpoeth Cemetery on 1st December, 2016. Bearers were Gary and Paul Williams, Christopher Jarvis, Wayne, Mark, Jack and Aidan Jones and Johnny Priest. Grayson and Gaynor and family of the late Miss Anna Louise Matthews wish to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for sympathy and flowers received in their bereavement. Thanks also for donations amounting to £1,807.32 for BEAT – eating disorder charity.

    Published in the Leader on Mon 19 Dec 2016

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    Dennis Arfon Thomas, 17 January 1931 to 3 November 2016 Dennis Arfon Thomas, loving husband of Joan Thomas, of Maes Ceffyl, Liverpool Road, Buckley, sadly passed away in November, after a long fight with cancer. He is survived by his wife Joan, stepson Philip, stepdaughters Yvonne and Tina, and daughters Susan and Wendy. Married for 25 years, Dennis loved Joan, and he brought a lot of love to his new family. Dennis was best mates with Joan’s late husband, Dennis Catherwood, growing up together in Holywell. Dennis loved life. In a restaurant he would order cake for main course and ice cream for dessert! Despite living in Saudi and all around the world, Dennis disliked foreign food, preferring fish & chips from Enoch’s, Llandudno. Dennis loved people, and laughing with them. He and Joan would be first to the dance floor as soon as the music started! Keen on rugby, he played hooker for Leicester in the amateur days. Dennis played in the RAF brass band and sang in many a Cymanfa Ganu; his favourite hymn, sung at many Eisteddfodau, was Cor Caersalem. After finishing work at de Havilland, he built his career in the RAF, travelling the world, and bringing back stories from far flung places. Later he served in the RAF Mountain Rescue, working in Snowdonia. He would always be on parade on Armistice Day or Remembrance Sunday, so it was fitting that his funeral was on 11 November. He enjoyed visiting Ypres and the many war graves with Joan, Tina and her husband. He laid a wreath for the British Legion at the Menin Gate. In retirement, Dennis volunteered at the WWII mustard gas factory at Rhydymwyn, was active in the British Legion and was a quizmaster at Buckley Cons Club. Dennis loved travelling, but he always loved to come home and he finally settled in Buckley. He touched so many lives, all the richer for having known Dennis, as a husband, father, brother and Taid - and, of course, a friend.

    Published in the Leader on Thu 15 Dec 2016

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    Richard David - No.4. Brockton Meadow, Brockton, Nr Worthen, Shrewsbury. 27th February 1962 - 7th March,2016. Aged 54 years, Postman at Minsterley and previously at Windsor and Shrewsbury. Died suddenly at home of an Acute Asthmatic Tracheobronchitis which caused a Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism. Dearly loved Son of Frank and the late Monica Blagrove. Best Friend and Husband of Diane. Caring Fun Loving Dad to Josephine and Oscar. Loving middle Brother of Mark and Ian Blagrove. Brother in law to Julia, Jacqueline, Amy, Colin and Audrey. Son in law to the late Doug Pritchard, Mary and Partner Roy. Kind fun loving Uncle to Marcus, Miles, Harvey, Elsie, Fergus, Florence, Gabriel and Celeste. Abigail, Luke and Harry. Nephew to Jean and the late Jack, Frances and Roger and the late Mary and Peter. Cousin to John, Philip, Andrew and Allister, Paul and Deborah. Bearers at the Funeral: Mark Blagrove (Brother), Ian Blagrove (Brother), Marcus Blagrove, (Nephew) and Best Friends Francis Kent, Johnathan Tarr (Bub) and Keith Brooks. Richard was born at home in the front living room of 57 St Andrews Crescent, Windsor. Richard had Grandad Albert and Grandma Emily at 765 Dunsable Road, Luton, his fathers parents and Grandad Jack, Grandma Grace and Aunt Barbara,his mothers parents and aunty who lived at Orchard Avenue, Windsor. He had great times with them all and especially liked the air raid shelter in the garden. When Richard was two years old the family went out to Rhodesia, Southern Africa. It was a special place in his heart they returned to Windsor when he was four. He started at Clewer Green C.E.Primary School, and then moved on to The Royal Free School, Windsor. He learned how to ring bells at the age of 12 with his brothers, mum and dad at Windsor Parish Church. He was a strong swimmer and enjoyed the open air swimming pool in Windsor. He loved motor bikes he had a Honda 250cc and 500cc and then a V W camper van which went to Glastonbury, Brecon Beacons and enjoyed life being out and about with his friends. He loved all kinds of Music, going to concerts, seeing The Who, Status Quo,The Beach Boys, Led Zepplin and many more and he also enjoyed Jazz. He had his own drum kit and his favourite Drummer was Keith Moon. He supported Chelsea Football Club. Richard left School at 16 and went to work for the General Post Office on the engineer side, but after two years he transferred to Deliveries. He was Postman to the Queen Mother in Windsor Great Park. In 1989 Richard put in for a transfer to Brecon or Shrewsbury and Shrewsbury came up first. He loved cycling and loved hill and mountain walking. He moved in to 82 St Michaels Street, Shrewsbury and over time worked on many different rounds in Shrewsbury, Bayston Hill, Dorrington, Ford Heath and putting mail sacks on the evening train at Shrewsbury Station. He met Diane at the Butter Market, Shrewsbury. In 1992 they moved to No.5 Walton Road, Reabrook, Shrewsbury. They got married in Las Vegas at The Chapel of the Bells, Nevada on Friday 17th September 1999. He became a father for the first time to Josephine in 2000, the same year he bought the family car a Skoda Octavia and his choice Blue as it (is the colour and football is the game). On the 4th July 2003 they moved to No.4. Brockton Meadow. Richard transferred to Minsterley Post Office in 2004, and became a father for a second time to Oscar in 2005. As a family we watched TV. His favourite programs were Match of the day, Dads Army, Foyles War, The X Factor, Dr Who, F1 Car Racing and Tom and Jerry cartoons. He loved all Wildlife from a young age and everything in nature .His favourite Tree Frogs, Bats, Dung Beetles and Dragon Flies. Richard had worked for the Royal Mail Post Office for 36 years. He loved his Job and always left with a smile, and enjoyed working outdoors, meeting people, delivering and talking to customers and the countryside in different seasons, whatever the weather their was always something fantastic and spectacular to see and enjoy, he always returned home with the same smile, he had a great day no matter how busy and quite a few funny times aswell. He was a Bellringer at St Chads,Shrewsbury and also at All Saints Church Worthen where he was Tower Captain. Thank you Richie for being my very best friend and husband and wonderful caring fun loving dad to Josephine and Oscar. We miss you every day, your smile, fun, laughter and humour. A Great Lad Rich who will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him. He always saw the funny side of everything, even when the day was not going well. Diane, Josephine and Oscar would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support, for the beautiful flowers, cards and caring thoughts and wonderful bell ringing on the day. For all the kind donations that have been given to: Worthen School P.T.A., Worthen Ringers Bell Fund, Wattlesborough Cubs, Harry Johnson Trust, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Worthen Pre-School, Mary Webb School and Science College, 1st Pontesbury Rangers, Worthen Village Hall and Worthen Toddler Group. Thank you to you all family, friends, neighbours, Postmen, Bell ringers and Richard's many customers on his rounds and everyone that knew him. For being at the Funeral and had travelled a long way from Windsor, Reading, Swansea, Weston Supermare and all across Shropshire and Powys and everyone that could not make it on the day,but wanted to be there. It meant so much Richard would have been so pleased to have been thought of so much. Richard would say '' Thanks very much, cheers ears and cheerio''.

    Published in the County Times on Fri 09 Dec 2016

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