DON JONES - of Harmon, Gwaelod Y Bryn, Llanidloes passed away on Monday 25th November 2013 after suffering from a brain injury he sustained over three years ago.
Don thoroughly enjoyed his career as a teacher and, prior to his retirement spent the last sixteen years as Head Teacher at Penygloddfa School, Newtown. He loved football, first playing and lastly as Chairman of Llanidloes Veterans Club. He was a life-long member of The Baptist Church and of the R.A.F.A. and St Idloes Golf Club. He had a special association with the Llanidloes Carnival and The Noah's Ark children's Hospital, Cardiff.
However, his hobby was performing first in The Operatic Society, then The Drama and Pantomime Group and last of all "Tonic" group.
Members of the above were well represented in the large attendance at the funeral on Friday December 6th led by his friend Rev. W.O. Meredith Powell.
Mr Lyn Jones, Cardiff spoke on behalf of the children's hospital and Simon his son gave a very moving and fitting tribute.
Immediate family mourners were Don's wife Ann, son and daughter-in-law Simon and Vicky, grandchildren George, Eliza and Henry, brother and sister-in-law Derek and Cynthia, together with cousins, their families and friends who had travelled from North and South Wales and London.
Beautiful music was played by Barbara Powell, organist, and Coris Evans, pianist and the rousing singing was led by Ken Price. Good friends and past colleagues acted as bearers, leaflet distributors and ushers. Glyn Williams.
Noel Benbow, Gwyn Flemming, Andrew Jones, Bryan Jones, David Jones, Bill Jones, Barrie Roberts, Ken Evans and Penri Roberts.
A short cremation service followed at Aberystwyth Crematorium.
Ann, Simon and family wish to thank EVERYONE for the overwhelming kindness and sympathy shown to them in their sad loss. For the many cards, letters, cakes, floral gifts, visits and 'phone calls.
Also for the generous donations amounting to £1,590 mainly shared among The Baptist Church, Dial-A-Ride and The Graham Davies Ward, all of whom have supported and cared for Don so well during the past three years.
Thanks also to Ian, Byron and Luke of M. Jones and Son, Funeral Directors, and the ladies who provided and served the refreshments.
Published in the County Times on Fri 10 Jan 2014