11:33am Tuesday 5th June 2012
Mr Anthony Rhys Davies
Anthony Rhys Davies was born on March 29th 1937 at the County Hospital, Haverfordwest. The only son and brother of Vanessa, children of Tom and Myfanwy Rhys Davies of Tom Davies the County Clothier. He grew up and was educated in Haverfordwest until the age of thirteen when he went to Malvern College finishing up as head boy in 1955. On leaving school he went on to do his National Service before doing his retail training at Simpsons in Piccadilly and Aquasctumn.
He came back to Pembrokeshire to join the family business in 1959 which was then known as County Clothes. In 1960 he met his wife to be, Rosemary Spalding and they were married in 1961 in Worcester Cathedral. They took up residence in Tenby and in due course they had four boys, Dominic, Richard, Toby and Julius. In 1972 they bought the building in Tenby known as the prize house as it had won a town house competition in the year of the great exhibition in 1851. These were the dark days of the three day week and strikes, however Anthony refused to be daunted and purchased a generator to keep the shop open every day with just a single light bulb.
In the early 1960's he and his wife joined the King George Fund for Sailors committee, now renamed Seafarers and he went on to be chairman until he died. He was also an appointee to the National Park on which he served for nine years and was a highly respected member.
Anthony was a talented and dedicated retailer winning a number of National Window Dressing competitions taking him and his wife on foreign and country house holidays. His health started to deteriorate about twenty years ago with the onset of arthritis leading to osteoporosis and considerable pain. He did not let his disability stop living life to the full and gained great pleasure from his life long passion for classical music, his knowledge of which was encyclopedic. He was also a lover of wine and good food. He was a highly respected member of the community and held in high esteem by all his friends. He was also a devoted grandfather to his five grandchildren, Finn, Islay, Hal, Kalem and Lucas.
He will be greatly missed by all his family.
There was family flowers only, but donations to be made payable to The Seafarers (King George's Fund for Sailors) c/o Funeral Directors, Messrs. W & M J Rossiter and Sons Ltd. The Old Rectory, The Norton, Tenby, SA70 8AB or Landsker House, 21 Station Road, Narberth, SA67 7DR who conducted the funeral arrangements.
MRS L G JAMES
(formerly of Letterston) It was with the most profound sadness that a wide circle of friends learned of the recent, unexpected death at Withybush General Hospital of Mrs Lily Gwendoline James of Castle View, Simpson Cross, Haverfordwest.
A well known and much respected figure in the community Mrs James had led a full and active life, mostly centered around her family, the farm and Penuel Baptist Chapel where she was a deaconess having been a loyal member for over 70 years.
The deceased, who was aged 92, had enjoyed good health until recent years and had derived great pleasure from fairly regularly attending Senior Citizens clubs at Meadowpark, Haverfordwest and Ford, Wolfscastle.
Born at Swmbarch, Letterston she was the only daughter of William John and Lettice Griffiths and the family moved to farm at Upper Eweston, Penycwm when she was just 12 years old.
Mrs James met and married her late husband, Bill, whilst he was serving in the Royal Air Force, and, after being demobbed, he had set himself up with a successful garage business at Hayscastle Cross.
The couple had two children, Josephine and the late Derek. Mrs James was also pre-deceased by her three brothers, Jimmy, Arthur and Tommy.
Left to mourn are Josephine and Brian Hopwood (daughter and son-in-law), Vivienne James (daughter-in-law). Dorothy James and Peter James (sister-in-law and brother-in-law), Julie and Martin Cole, Noel and Liane Hopwood, Mark and Janet Hopwood, Tracey and Russell Deacon and Julian and Melissa James (grandchildren), Samantha and Ian, Catherine and Stuart, Karley and Wayne, William and Tracey, Millie and Buddey, Sarah, Sian, Jamie, Alexandra, Morgan, Charlie, Ava-Lily, Poppy, Josh, Jack and Ryan, (grand-children and great-grandchildren) together with Bryn Griffiths (cousin) and numerous other relatives and friends.
The funeral took place at Penuel Chapel, Roch with Rev Peter Gwyther and Rev Hywel Brown (former Ministers) and Rev Geoffrey Eynon officiating. Mrs Sheila Brown presided at the organ. The bearers were Noel, Mark and William Hopwood, Julian James, Russell Deacon and Martin Cole (grandsons).
There were family flowers only but donations in lieu, if desired, for the Wales Air Ambulance Service are being gratefully accepted by Brian Griffiths, 143, Slade lane, Haverfordwest.
David Kenneth Coates passed away peacefully at Withybush Hospital May 6th after a short illness. His wife and family were with him. He was 54. David was born to the late Ken and Jean Coates in Catterick, North Yorkshire in 1957, a brother for Carolyn. In 1960 the family moved to nearby Richmond where David's sister Judith was born. David attended St Mary's C of E Primary School and sang in the church choir, performing a wonderful solo as a treble in the celebrations to mark the 1000th anniversary of Richmond Castle. He later attended Richmond Secondary School before the family moved to Wales in 1972, when David's father was transferred to RAF St Athens. David attended Llantwit Major School and during this time joined Cowbridge Operatic Society. He then enrolled in a maritime studies course in Cardiff College, sponsored by BP. By 1980 he had moved to Pembrokeshire and loved Milford Haven so much he decided to make it his home in his latter years. David had enjoyed sailing from a young age and in 2001, he and two partners created Windjammer Marine in Milford Marina. He was passionate about the marine business and was always ready to give advice to anyone who needed it. David loved the Haven Waterway and his mission was to encourage everyone to take part in water-based activities. David and his wife Shirley regularly sailed to Ireland and Cornwall and made a memorable trip to the Scillies in 2010. David continued with his passion for amateur dramatics and was a member of Haverfordwest then Milford Haven Amateur Operatic Society until the time of his death. He played principle roles in many well-known shows and was proud to become Chairman of MHAOS in 2010. His other interests were maritime history, the age of steam and travel. David was always larger than life, talented and with a wonderful sense of humour. He was a good and loving husband, he loved his family and was very proud of all their achievements. His passing has left a huge void in the lives of everyone who knew him and he will be sorely missed.
The Rev. Alan Chadwick officiated the service at St Katharines and St Peters Church on May 16th, followed by a private cremation at Parc Gwyn.
The family left to mourn are Shirley Coates (wife); sisters Carolyn Worthington and Judith Jennings; brothers-in-law Peter Worthington and Philip Jennings; nephew Michael, his wife Sophie and great-niece Olivia; nieces Rebecca, Katherine, Emily, Isobel, Elizabeth and partner Liam, Vicky and partner David. Family Val Watters, Lois and Lesley Smith, Sheila Worthington, Paul and Penny Wayman and David Wayman. Friends and colleagues from Windjammer Marine: Andrew McCloud, Meurig Caffrey, Dave Critten, John Smith, Malwina Tyrrell. Close friends Mark Coates and Anne Smith, Kevin and Mags Dardis and others too numerous to mention. The bearers were Philip Jennings, Peter Worthington, Michael Worthington, Mark Coates, Andrew McCloud and Meurig Caffrey. Unable to attend were Lois Smith, Arthur Watters and Peter Sefton-Fidian.
Tom Newing and Sons arranged the funeral service. There were family flowers only with donations to the RNLI to Mr J. Haughey, 12 Hayston Avenue, Hakin, Milford Haven.
Mr Clive Adrian Edward Freeman
The death occurred on May 7th of Mr Clive Adrian Edward Freeman of Haven Drive, Hakin, Milford Haven at Withybush Hospital.
He was 75.
Originally from St Ishmaels and Milford Haven he was a tea taster when he left school. He then joined the national service in Aldershot. He had numerous jobs then went on to be a head porter at Withybush Hospital where he worked for 23 years before retiring.
He loved his football, cricket and snooker on the telly, gardening and making models of spitfires. He loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The family left to mourn are Margaret Freeman (wife); Lynne Freeman (daughter); Geoff and Sarah Freeman (son and daughter-in-law); Steven and Samatha (son and partner); Ricky and Nicole (grandson and partner); Becky and Callum (granddaughter and partner); Daniel, Eleanor and Aimee (grandchildren); Stefan and Dolly (grandson and partner); Pearl and Gloria (sisters of Clive); Bethan and Jodie (granddaughters); Brandon, Jayden, Lily and Layla (great grandchildren) plus numerous nephews and nieces.
The service was held at the family home followed by cremation at Parc Gwyn.
The bearers were Steven, Geoff (sons); Daniel Freeman and Ricky Valance (grandsons).
Donations in lieu of flowers for the Make a Wish Foundation, Natwest bank sort code 600420, account number 8831242, ref number 96190.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Tom Newing and sons, Milford Haven.
Mr Janusz (Jan) W.de Kulik
Janusz (Jan) W.de Kulik of Silver Heights, Wiston died peacefully on April 18th at Withybush Hospital.
He was born in Poland in 1920, educated in a private college and Warsaw University where he read Humanities. In 1939 when the Germans invaded Poland he volunteered and served with the Polish Forces until taken prisoner of war by the Russians. He was sent to Siberia to work in the copper mines and later clearing forests. He escaped from there and after months of travelling on foot and under train wagons returned to Poland where he joined the Polish Underground Resistance Army.
He was captured by the Gestapo in 1943 and was sentenced to death for his activities in the Polish Underground Army. He was sent to Auschwitz Concentration Camp for execution, but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment with hard labour (he may have been the only survivor from Block 11, from which all executions were carried out). His commuted sentence was served in Mauthousen Concentration Camp. There he was used as a slave labourer working to build a railway tunnel through the Alps. He escaped from there and joined the Polish Armed Forces with the British Eights Army in Italy.
Together with all the other Polish soldiers who did not wish to return to Poland under Russian occupation he came to this country and served as Adjutant in the Withybush Army Camp until demobilization.
On April 1st 1948 he married in Haverfordwest to Valerie (Val). He worked as an Accountant with Lees and Thomas Estate Agents, studying and gaining his accountancy qualifications. In 1964 he joined Texaco Refinery as a deputy refinery accountant. In 1967/8 he worked as a deputy chief accountant with the Kuwait Petroleum Oil Company, in Kuwait. On return to the UK the couple lived nr Guildford and he worked for RTZ Group of Companies. He progressed from Financial Controller of Anglesey Aluminum Co Ltd to RTZ Britain's Treasurer.
In 1973 he joined Marryat Group Ltd firstly as a finance director and latterly as a managing director. He retired in 1979 and he and his wife returned to Pembrokeshire where they lived on Llangolman Farm and then Silver Heights, Wiston.
He leaves no family to mourn, since his wife of 62 years predeceased him. All his Polish family died during the war.
Mrs J.E.A Watts
The death occurred on April 14th of Johan Watts at ward 12 Withybush Hospital aged 78. She was born in Amesbury, Wiltshire and spent her early childhood in Woolwich before moving to Pembroke Dock where she lived the rest of her life. Johan was a very popular character and was known for her quick wit and sense of humour. Throughout her life she worked locally at The Nut Shell, Collins Brothers and Western Arts in Queen Street and later in life at Humbers in Diamond Street. Her main interests included knitting, cake making, playing her organ which she enjoyed, her garden and writing poetry. Johan when writing had a very sensitive and imaginative way when she wrote for her friends.
Johan was predeceased by her first husband, Joseph Banner in 1975 she then found happiness when she met and married Arthur Watts who died in 1993. Later in 2001 she had to bury her beloved Son Neil who died at the early age of 38 years.
Throughout Johan's life she had been a faithful member of St. Johns Church Pembroke Dock, although over the past years her eyesight and ill health had prevented her from attending, she was also a member of the Mother's Union.
The principle mourners were, Bethan (granddaughter); Helen (stepdaughter); Andrew and Emma (step grandchildren); Robert and Linda (cousins); Jack and Sue (nephew who had travelled from Leeds). Unable to attend was Jean Williams and family, Nancy, Jenny and family in Birmingham (all cousins).
The funeral took place at St.John's Church Pembroke Dock on April 27th followed by cremation at Parc Gwyn. The service was officiated by Rev. Miles Maylor with Jennifer reading a poem.
The bearers were Matthew Hughes, Kyle Roberts, Ashley Mardon and Philip Lloyd.
There were family flowers only, with donations in lieu for Ward 12 Withybush Hospital to Neil Roberts of John Roberts and Son, Funeral Directors, Pembroke Dock who also carried out the funeral arrangements.
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