Published in the Leader on Thu 15 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.