Obituaries, July 18th 2012

First published in Obituaries

Stuart Lewis
Cosheston

There was a huge attendance at the funeral in Bethany Chapel, Pembroke Dock of Stuart Lewis, well known and esteemed local businessman.


Stuart was born in Pembroke Ferry, the son of W.P.(Bill) and Ivy Lewis.
He attended Llanion School and then, Pembroke Grammar School. On leaving school, he attended Pembs Technical College, pursuing an engineering qualification, where he attained the 'Apprentice of the year' accolade,  before entering the family business at Greenfield Garage as apprentice mechanic.


He married Margaret in 1964 and had two sons, Martyn and Gareth. He was immensely proud of their achievements, especially their sporting achievements, both of them being accomplished sportsmen.


He enjoyed good music and avidly supported the Pembroke and District Male Voice choir, along with other local choirs, together with many other organisations in Pembrokeshire.


An eminent and acknowledged businessman, he worked hard with his late Father ,W.P.Lewis ( The Boss ), in creating and developing W.P.Lewis & Son, and of recent years, W.P.Lewis,(Neyland) and Pembroke Coachworks in partnership  with Haydn Bateman.Proud of his Staff, he valued their enthusiasm and commitment to the business. He was held in high esteem by his peers within the Motor Industry.


He was an accomplished sportsman, excelling in Athletics, Golf and Sailing. Margaret and he enjoyed playing golf together for many years at South Pembs Golf Club. Following medical advice, his golf had to be curtailed and he concentrated more on sailing with his son, Martyn. In his younger days, he (and
Margaret) won the GP14 Class at the Welsh games and came 6th in the National Championships out of 240 boats.


In 1976/77, he took an active interest in the development of Rugby skills among 7/10 year old children. This he developed and guided into the Pembroke Dock Quins Mini-Rugby section.
Through his guidance, the children learned how to win or lose, and to be part of a team, a skill that would benefit them through life.The love and respect from the children was evident at the number of them present at the funeral service. He has left a legacy that will sustain the Quins for many decades to come.


Rev Roger Hart officiated at the service at Bethany and at Park Gwyn Crematorium.


The bearers were Martyn and Gareth (sons), Steve Lloyd and Jeremy Griffiths (nephews).
The principal mourners were Margaret (wife); Martyn and Sharon , Gareth and Sarah (sons and daughters-in-law); Ella,Oliver,Evan (grandchildren) Chris and Phil (sister and brother-in-law); Jenny, Jeremy, Steve, Lisa, Holly and Jess (nephews and nieces).
Unable to attend were Tom, Jac and Seren (grandchildren), Sally (great-niece).
Donations for equipment for Chemotherapy Day Unit at Withybush Hospital can be sent to John Roberts and Son, 51 Bush Street, Pembroke Dock, who also carried out the funeral arrangements.

Mrs Agnes P F Lovell Pembroke Dock Mrs Agnes Lovell of North Street, Pembroke Dock passed away at Morriston Hospital on June 6th at the age of 86 years.

Originally from Lanarkshire, Scotland, she left grammar school and worked in a solicitors office before enlisting in the army at 16 1/2 years pretending to be 18 years and had three happy years in the services when the children were older Agnes worked at South Pembrokeshire Hospital as a domestic and later domestic supervisor with about 25 years service.

Her interests included her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Being housebound she loved watching snooker on television and knitting. On trips out she loved the beauty of Pembrokeshire and also when she was mobile she enjoyed a game of bingo.

She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years in 1982, Thomas Lovell.

The family left to mourn and principal mourners were Mary and Bob (daughter and partner); Barbara and Rudi (daughter and husband, unable to attend, Germany); David and Coral (son and wife); Shaun and Becky (grandson and wife); Sarah and Michael (granddaughter and partner); Kate and Nicky (granddaughter and partner); James and Anna (grandson and wife); Judith and Barry (granddaughter and husband); Nyle, Elliot and Lewis (great grandsons); Kelvin Jones (nephew).

The service was held at Parc Gwyn and was officiated by Rev John Gale.

There were family flowers only with donations in lieu for the Royal British Legion which may be sent to Mr Graham Thomas, 34 Charles Thomas Avenue, Pembroke Dock SA72 6UR.

Mrs. Monica Lloyd Pennar, Pembroke Dock The funeral took place recently of Mrs. Monica Lloyd, of Carr Terrace, Pennar, Pembroke Dock. Monica passed away suddenly but peacefully at her home on May 19th. She was 69 and a retired Auxiliary Nurse. The Requiem Mass at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Pembroke Dock was conducted by Father Patrick and was followed by cremation at Parc Gwyn Crematorium.

Monica was one of seven children born and raised in Pennar where she continued to reside and brought up her own family with her husband Barney. She was hardworking throughout her life, spending many years at The South Pembs. Hospital and Pater Close as well as being a pillar of strength for many people giving comfort, advice and support to those who needed it. Monica was greatly loved by everyone who knew her and will be sadly missed by all her family and the very many friends she had. The huge attendance at her funeral, which overwhelmed the family was a fitting tribute to a very popular lady.

The chief mourners were her husband Barney; Bernadette and Stephen, daughter and son-in-law; Theresa and Jason, daughter and son-in-law; Christopher and Sarah, son and daughter-in-law; Sian and Paul, daughter and son-in-law; John and Heidi, son and daughter-in-law; Sam, Maria, Sean, Collette, Carys, Kara, Christopher, Neisha, Craig, Robbie, Shay, Cerys, Bethan and Ffion grandchildren; Marlo, Max and Noah great-grandchildren; Rose, Geoff, Len and Liz, Paul and Esther, Mandy and families, brothers and sisters.

The bearers were Len Macken and Paul Macken brothers; Stephen Price and Jason Davis, sons-in-law.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by John Roberts and Son, 51, Bush Street, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6AN.

ROBERT OAKLEY BUTTERWORTH Lamphey The funeral of Robert Oakley Butterworth took place at Parc Gwyn Crematorium on July 9th.

"Bob" as he was known to his family and many friends died on June 27th at South Pembs. Hospital, the day before he was due to return to Lamphey. He was 77 years old.

When living in Northern Rhodesia he met and married Mai Phillips, a Welsh nurse also working there.

Although a Yorkshire man proud of his heritage Bob's love and admiration for all things Welsh meant that when he retired from the Crown Agents they chose to settle in Pembrokeshire.

Bob and Mai bought Cartref, a residential care home in Pembroke. They ran this successfully for more than eleven years. Mai was in charge of the nursing and care while Bob dealt with the financial and logistical side of the business.

On finally retiring to Lamphey his keen mind was used in many ways, notably as treasurer for Pembroke and District Macmillan Cancer Support.

The packed chapel was a tribute to the love and respect Bob had gained over the years from all who knew him. His sense of humour was legendary; those he helped and encouraged are countless.

Bob's pride in his wife Mai; his daughter Sian; son-in-law John and his three grandchildren was boundless. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Mr Donald Henry Skinner Haverfordwest After years working in the oil industry overseas and in London for the Ministry of Defence, Donald Henry Skinner settled with his wife Jane in Haverfordwest on retirement.

On May 19th Don, who became well-known locally through his membership of local organisations, died aged 81 after a brief illness.

A native of Middlesex, he came to Pembrokeshire in the late 1960s to work on the commissioning of the Gulf Oil Refinery at Waterston. He was later engaged on the dismantling of the Esso Oil Refinery at Herbrandston, the first to open when the oil age dawned at Milford Haven in 1958.

After working as an engineer in the Libyan dessert and on Ministry of Defence work in London, when the couple lived in the heart of Theatreland, they returned to the county. Mrs Skinner who is left to mourn, has local connections, and had lived near Houghton for some years while Don was abroad. They were a devoted couple and during the last few years had lived happily at College Court.

A Freemason and member of the Cleddau Lodge at Haverfordwest since 1964, Don had also been a regular bowls player and a member of Haverfordwest Probus Two. Quiet and unassuming, he was always courteous, helpful and generous and ever ready to help a friend in need, for several years taking a less able former colleague to Probus meetings. A service of remembrance and thanksgiving, conducted by the Vicar of Haverfordwest, Rev Father Paul Mackness, was held at Parc Gwyn Crematorium on May 28th, when Don’s wide popularity was evidenced by the large number of mourners present. There were family flowers only but donations in lieu may be made either to Blue Cross, 18 Mealcheapen Street, Worcester, WR1 2DQ or to Barnardoís c/o Supporter Services, Barnardoís, Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Illford, Essex, IG6 1QG. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Roy Folland and Son, Haverfordwest.

Mr James Breen (Jimmy) Pembroke The death occurred peacefully on June 2nd at Withybush General Hospital of James (Jimmy, as he was known) Breen aged 64. He lived in Beaufort Road, Pembroke. But was originally from Kilkenny, Ireland.

Moving to Pembroke in 1967 where he settled to make his home. Working as a pipe fitter in various oil refinerys all over the United Kingdom, until early retirement due to ill health.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, an accomplished accordion player, playing in several public houses around the county. A keen supporter of Kilkenny hurling team, and enjoyed attending matches whilst home in Ireland visiting family.

A funeral service was held at St Mary's Catholic Church, with a requiem mass in Templeorum, Kilkenny, Ireland.

The principal mourners are Sara (wife); Jackie and Michael (daughter and son in law); Caroline and Dennis (daughter and partner); Aiden and Alison (son and partner); Sean, James, Eleanor, Laura, Macauley, Taylor, Emily, Declan, Elisha, April, Cerys, Dainton, Finley, Ciaran (grandchildren); Chrissy (sister) plus numerous brother and sister in laws, nieces and nephews.

The bearers where Aiden Breen,Tony Macnamara, John Macnamara, Jim Mcateer, Macauley Breen, Mikey Morahan, Robert Kennington, Neal Kennington.

Donations in lieu of Paul Sartori Foundation, Haven Road, Haverfordwest.

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

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree