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    PICKERING - The Funeral has taken place of Roger Pickering who lived at Llwyneinion and passed away on 2nd April 2017 aged 71 years. He leaves his wife Evelyn, daughters Julia and Rachel, son-in-law Craig. Roger worked at Flintshire Constabulary and was an Occupational Health & Safety Officer and Tutor. The Funeral Service was at Pentrebychan Crematorium on 19th April 2017 and was conducted by Ian Gunning. Flowers were sent by the family and donations in memory was £600 donated to Police Widows and Orphans Fund. Thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kind love and support, Ian Gunning and Richard Roberts of Roberts Brothers, Pentre Broughton.

    Published in the Leader on Tue 25 Apr 2017

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    Blomer - Rita Marjory (nee Rudge) Born March 6, 1939 in Smethwick, England It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Rita Marjory Blomer on the evening of April 3, 2017 from complications due to Vascular Dementia. Born March 6, 1939 in Smethwick, UK, Rita moved to Zimbabwe in 1955 with her parents. She lived there until 1973 where she loved the country, people and animals. In 1973 she moved with her husband Clive Blomer and two young daughters Louise and Yvonne to Canada. The family lived in Calgary, AB, Cranbrook, B.C. and Sherwood Park AB before settling in Nanaimo, B.C. With her husband, Rita co-managed Haida Welding Supplies until her retirement in 1996. Rita travelled extensively with her family, most recently to Disneyland, Puerto Vallarta and Hawaii with her daughters and their children and to Dubai, India, South Africa, France and England with her husband Clive. Rita will be remembered for her beautiful laugh and bright smile, her intelligence and ability to succeed at anything being archery in Zimbabwe or yoga, pottery and painting after retirement. Even after being diagnosed with dementia, Rita brought light and laughter to every family event from singing Christmas Carols to dancing with her grandkids from a wheelchair in Disneyland. She is survived by her husband of 49 years S. Clive Blomer and her daughters Louise Blomer and Yvonne Blomer and son-in-law Rupert Gadd and grandchildren Nathaniel Wood, Isabel Wood and Colwyn Gadd. The family would like to thank the staff at Woodgrove Manor for their friendship and loving support as well as the Alzheimer’s Association of Nanaimo, Minds in Motion and family and friends here and abroad. A Celebration of Life will be held on April 28, 2017 at 1 pm Nanaimo Golf Club, 2800 Highland Blvd in the A.V. Macan Hall

    Published in the Border Counties Advertizer on Tue 18 Apr 2017

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    Beatrice Elizabeth ( Betty) JONES - The funeral has taken place of Mrs Beatrice Elizabeth Jones (Betty), who passed away peacefully at her home in Salisbury Road, Wrexham on the 21 - st - February 2017 aged 84 years. Beloved wife of the late John Samuel Jones, she leaves her five children; Jeanette, Allan, Robert, Christopher and Neil; son and daughters in law, Phillip, Janet, Janet and Theresa; her grandchildren Eleanor, Dyfan, Soffi, Alex, Jonathon, Millie, Joshua and Caitlin and her great-granddaughter Charlotte. The service was held on Monday 6 - th - March at the Zion English Baptist Chapel in Penycae and was conducted by Mr Berwyn Thomas, Mr Glyn Walley was the organist and a short committal at Pentrebychan crematorium followed. The bearers were her four sons, Allan, Robert, Christopher and Neil and readings were provided by Neil, Dyfan, Soffi and Janet with the eulogy being delivered by her son Robert. A flower arrangement featuring red carnations was chosen by the family. Born in Penycae on the 22 - nd - March 1932 as the youngest daughter of the late William Evan and Beatrice Mary Jones, Betty was a much loved sister of the late Elsie Williams and Edgar Jones, a dear Aunty to David, Jennifer, Barry, Mark and Diane and to her late husband’s nephew Michael. Betty grew up in Copperas, Penycae and attended Ruabon Grammar school before starting her first job in Monsanto where she met her future husband John. She went on to live in Afoneitha, Penycae and Henry Street in Rhostyllen before settling at her home of 49 years in Salisbury Road. Betty’s many hobbies included her love of art and music; she was a keen artist, enjoyed playing the piano, sewing and home baking. She had learnt to swim at the age of 60, became a volunteer driver for the Nightingale House hospice and was a member of many clubs and associations over the years. These included the WI in Rhostyllen; Penycae Art Group; The Royston Club, Acrefair; the RAFA Club, Cefn Mawr; the Art and Craft Club, Hightown and the Railway Club, Wrexham, where Betty enrolled on many courses ranging from computing to photography. The family would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and sympathy and all those who attended the funeral service. Other mourners included Joyce Payne, Myra Beeley and Cecil Williams (cousins), Camilla, Rhiannon and Victoria (great nieces), Tim, Ashley and Elliot (great nephews), Derek, Richard and Robert Jones, Ralph Edwards, Megan Davies and many friends and neighbours along with representatives from the clubs that she had attended. Betty will be sadly missed by all who knew her and generous donations in her memory totalling £602 have been received on behalf of the British Heart Foundation. Betty has also kindly bequeathed £500 to the Zion English Baptist Chapel in her will. -

    Published in the Leader on Wed 12 Apr 2017

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    HOUGH. - The Funeral has taken place of Albert Hough who lived at Cae Bryn Residential Nursing Home, and passed away at Cae Bryn Residential Home on 23rd March, 2017, aged 82 years. He leaves his children Stephen, Leslie, Michael and Paula, daughter-in-laws Carol, Lisa and Eileen, grandchildren Naomi, Hannah, Alex, Jade, Dewi, Sion and Marc, brother Trevor and sister Lil. The Funeral Service and Committal was at Pentrebychan Crematorium, Wrexham on 30th March, 2017 and was conducted by Rev. James Harris. Bearers were Mike Hough, Alex Hough, Dewi Evans, Marc Evans. Mourners: We wish to thank all our relatives, friends and neighbours who attended the Funeral Service and sent sympathy cards. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our sincere appreciation. Thanks notice: A heartfelt thanks to the Reverend James Harris who conducted his uplifting Funeral Service, his personalised words were of great comfort to the entire family. Special thanks to the staff of Cae Bryn Nursing Home for their exceptional care and kindness to our father. Our thanks to the Funeral Directors Phil and Richard Roberts, Pentre Broughton, Wrexham for carrying out the Funeral arrangements in a professional and dignified manner. We wish to thank Hannah Hough and the management at The Glasfryn for their hospitality and refreshments. Thank you for the kind donations amounting to £176.37 in memory of Albert for Cae Bryn Resident's Comforts Funds. The Hough family at Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Published in the Leader on Wed 05 Apr 2017

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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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