Obituaries May 8th 2013

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MRS F. M. STEPHENS

PEMBROKE DOCK

THE death occurred at home on April 4th of Florence (Flo) Mary Stephens, of Laws Street, Pembroke Dock. She was 97.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard (Dick) Stephens in 1991.

Originally from Begelly, she left school and worked for Major Forbes at Manion Lodge, Begelly, then Simpson Greengrocers, which she and her husband Dick went on to own in Pembroke Dock and Tenby, and also a stall in Pembroke Dock Market.

Before retiring she was a caretaker at Pembroke Dock Market again with Dick.

Her service record included being a Wren when she was stationed in Scotland and Liverpool.

Family left to mourn and principal mourners are: Cyril Morgan (brother unable too attend); Hubert and Jean Morgan (brother and sister-in-law); Janet Gladwin, Graham and Karen Morgan, Carolyn Finley and Kelly Rossiter, Janice and Paul Webb, Stephen Griffiths, Roger and Arlene Griffths (nephews and nieces); Donna James, Emma Finely, Robert Webb, Timothy Webb (great nieces and nephews); Geoffrey and Olive Morgan, Marlene John (cousins) plus many great nephews and nieces.

The service was held at Parc Gwyn and was officiated by Rev Chris Rees.

The bearers were Paul Webb, Kelly Rossiter (nephews), Arthur Evans and Jim Turner (friends).

There were family flowers only, with donations for RNLI Tenby and Wales Air Ambulance being received by E. C. Thomas and Son, Zoar Chapel Funeral Home, Llanteg, Narberth, who also carried out the funeral arrangements.

MRS M. E. JONES

HAVERFORDWEST

AFTER a long illness, Margaret Emily (Magwen) died at Lynnefield Care Home, Haverfordwest, on April 15th at the age of 83.

Brought up in Castlebythe and Tufton, she was christened Margaret Emily, but was known as Magwen. She was the much-loved daughter of Hugh and Gertie Davies and youngest sister of three brothers, Jack, Ken and Cerwyn. She attended Carnochor Primary School in Tufton and continued her education in Hill House College, Haverfordwest. On leaving college she worked in T. P. Hughes, Haverfordwest before marrying Elgan Jones in 1964.

They settled in the Cardigan area where they established a thriving chemist shop. They were a devoted couple with many friends. Elgan was a keen fisherman and they would often be found fishing on their boat around Cardigan Island and off the shores of Mwnt, Poppit Sands and Gwbert. They made lasting friendships and loved to travel.

In later years they toured the country in their motor home.

Magwen had many hobbies, and was an accomplished seamstress. She was a faithful member at Hen Gapel, in Llechryd, and was an active member of the choir and their performances were enjoyed by many residential homes and other institutions.

She was generous, kind and well-loved, especially by her nephews and nieces, but also by friends and their children.

She will be missed very much and will live on in the hearts and memories of all who knew her and will always be known as ‘Magwen Tufton’ There was a large attendance at the funeral on April 19th at Parc Gwyn. The Rev Islwyn Selby presided, and was assisted by Ken Thomas, Rev Geoffrey Eynon, Rev Milton Jenkins, Rev Eirian Wyn Lewis and Rev Emyr Wyn Thomas.

The principles mourners were: Dr Rev Cerwyn and Nora Davies, Ivy Davies (brother and sister-in -law); Eurig and Sheila Davies, Meryl Davies and Jeff Llewellyn (nephews and nieces); Alison Davies and Anwen Edwards (great nieces).

Apologies were received from Lorna and Emyr Edwards, Emyr Davies, Geraint Davies (niece and nephews), and their families in Thailand and Canada; Rachel Davies (great niece).

The funeral was also attended by a large number of close relatives, family friends and carers from Lynnefield Care Home.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made direct to the Alzheimer’s Society by contacting their customer care team on 0845 306 0898.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Roy Folland and Sons, Haverfordwest.

MR D. G. GWYTHER

HUNDLETON

THE death occurred on February 3rd on ward ten at Withybush Hospital of David George Gwyther, of Goldborough Road, Hundleton.

Originally from Portsmouth, he came to Pembrokeshire when he was 14. In June 1942 David achieved an ambition and came to work at Sampson Farm, Stackpole, which was owned by his uncle and aunt, Fred and Mary Ann Jones.

He worked with horses and later with tractors, enjoying 20 years of varied life offered in the world of agriculture.

He gained skills, which remained with him for the rest of his life. After his uncle died and subsequently his aunt retired from farming in 1962, David gained employment at BP Oil Terminal, Angle Bay, where he worked for 24 years, eventually becoming a senior operator, until he retired in 1986.

David was very keen at DIY, and used his talents in building plumbing, carpentry, electrics, mechanics and decorating. He enjoyed gardening.

He was always ready to help others and so many came to him for his practical advice.

Along with his friend, the late Alan Cridland he built Grove Mount, where he lived for 40 years. Until its closure in 2012, he had been a regular worshipper at Castlemartin for 60 years and was a former churchwarden. Latterly he attended St David’s Church, Hundleton.

He was predeceased by his wife Peggy (nee Mason) in 2005, after 55 years of marriage.

Family left to mourn and principal mourners are: Geoffrey and Anne Gwyther (son and daughter-in-law); Grace Gwyther (sister); Nesta Mason (sister-in-law, unable to attend due to illness); Leslie Mason, Joan Freeman, Dennis Mason, Hilda and Terry Burlow, Allan Mason (brothers-inlaw and sisters-in-law); Eric Gwyther and John James (cousins); Sue Merriman, Mary and Basil James (close family friends), plus many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

The funeral service was held at Parc Gwyn and was officiated by Rev G. Howell, Canon I. Protheroe, Mrs S.

Denman (reader). Also present were the Very Rev J.

Lean (dean of St Davids Cathedral), Canon R. Rees, Rev N. Cale, Rev A. Clark, Rev G. Eynon, Rev M.

Griffiths, Rev B. Jones, Rev M. Rowlands, Father J. P.

Thomas, Mrs V. Petherick (reader).

The bearers were Allan Mason, Terry Burlow, Darren Hay, Brinley Edwards, Andrew Rees, Will Morris-Julien (relatives, friends and neighbours).

There were family flowers only with donations for Macmillan Nurses being sent to Mrs Angela Lewis, ‘Ludlow Tops’, Guildroy Road, Hundleton, Pembroke.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by John Roberts and Son, Pembroke Dock.

MRS D. A. LLOYD

NEYLAND

THE death occurred at home in Fleming Way, Neyland, of Doreen Avril Lloyd, on April 19th. She was 66.

A native of Milford Haven, she left Milford Central School and worked at Seccadeli’s Café for a short time, followed by several years at Turners Shoe Shop, then in Neyland and Pembroke Dock Co-op.

After marrying Brian in 1967, Doreen she worked as a secretary in the family business Lloyd and Pawlett until she retired in 2005.

Her main interests were sewing, arts and crafts, boats and motorcyling (as pillion), volunteering at the swimming pool for Portfield School, gardening and being a proficient seamstress.

Doreen was a committed Christian and attended Bethesda Baptist Chapel in Neyland and also Zion Free Church in Pembroke Dock.

Family left to mourn and principal mourners are: Brian Lloyd (husband); Peter (son); Debi and Steve (daughter and son-in-law); Hannah (granddaughter); Paul and Caroline, Terry and Christita (brothers and sisters-in-law); Hilary and Ken, Margaret, Raymond Griffiths (sister-in-laws and brothers-in-law); Catherine, Jennifer, Christine, Michelle, Ronnie, Wendy, Michael, Francis, Tamsin, Rebecca, Bethan, Timmy (nieces and nephews), plus many other family and friends.

The funeral service was held at Bethesda Baptist Chapel, Neyland followed by cremation at Parc Gwyn. It was officiated by Rev Mike Martin and the bearers were Michael Richards, Timothy Griffiths, Alan Griffiths and Jake Griffiths.

Donations in lieu of flowers are for the British Heart Foundation.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Tom Newing and Sons, Milford Haven.

MR P. POCOCK

FRANCE

LAST month the funeral of Paul Pocock took place in Entrayques sur Truyere, France following his death on the April 18th. Paul died aged 84 after a relatively short period of ill health.

He and his widow Daphne ran a niche holiday cottage business in the Lot Valley.

They both loved the tourism industry and took a personal interest in the properties, the property owners and their regular guests.

They started their business in Pembrokeshire founding the very successful Coastal Cottages in the early 1980s. They moved from Berkshire to Pembrokeshire after the tragic death of their only child Marcus.

Fishguard was their first home here, after which they moved to Abercastle where they established their business.

Their vision was to give young local people an opportunity to build their skills. They also gave generously to the National Trust’s Enterprize Neptune Scheme on the Pembrokeshire Coast and were active members of their church and village community.

During their time in north Pembrokeshire they made good friends, many of whom they kept in touch with after their move to France.

Daphne stills lives on the banks of the beautiful Lot Valley, and both she and Paul will be remembered with fondness by many in Pembrokeshire.

MR B. BAKER

HAVERFORDWEST

BRUCE Baker died at the age of 74 at Withybush Hospital on March 22nd, surrounded by his family.

Bruce was born and raised in Prendergast, and he was a true Haverford longneck.

Bruce worked at Jewsons in Haverfordwest for many years before his retirement due to ill health.

Bruce and Anne were happily and lovingly married for 37 years and he was a very proud dad to Christine, Carole, Darren and Emma; also a doting granddad to Tanya, Trina, Paul, Tarah, Jamie, Gareth, Daniel, Joshua, Harry, baby Lyra, Imogen, Mya and Elisha. He was also a great granddad to many greatgranchildren.

Bruce courageously bore the last year of very ill health with great fortitude and outstanding humour.

Bruce loved life and was always full of fun, jokes, dancing and laughter.

He leaves to mourn his wife Anne; Christine and Gwynne, Carole and Jeff, Emma and Luke (daughters and sons-in-law); Darren and Cristal (son and partner); many grandchildren and great grandchildren; Sandra, Gillian and Reta (sisters); Sheila and Angela (sisters-in-law); Peter and Carol (brother and sister-inlaw).

The esteem in which Bruce was held was shown in the many friends and work colleagues present at the celebration of his life which was held at Parc Gwyn. The Rev G. Gwyther officiated at the service.

There were family flowers only, with donations for St Thomas’ District Nurses for the care given to Bruce, and also for Macmillan Nurses being received by Mrs E. Hanlan Baker, 13 Merlins Avenue, Haverfordwest.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Glyn Thomas, of Fresytrop.

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