Mrs P Phillips

(nee Richards)


Western Telegraph:

PAULINE Phillips, aged 82, passed away peacefully at Withybush hospital on Saturday, January 12, after a fall at home.

The service was held on Thursday, January 24, at St Issell’s Church.

Pauline was the devoted wife to John (JY), loving mother of Julie, Steve & Tim, and doting grandmother of Maisy, Wizzy and Lily.

She was mother-in-law to Paul and Lisa, elder sister to Hazel, Pearl and John, sister-in-law to Angela as well as aunty to Sarah, Jonathan, Paul and Christopher and a great-aunt to their children.

Born in Haverfordwest on July 13, 1936 to Richard (Dickie) and Margaret Richards, Pauline attended Fenton Infants, Lower Barn Street Primary, and passed the 11+ before going to Taskers High School for Girls.

As a child she was a brownie and later a girl guide, she attended Sunday school, learnt to play the piano and later the organ at Nolton Haven church.

Pauline’s parents were very hard-working and prominent business people and they were involved in several ventures. A builder and contractor by trade, Dickie had a home, office, garage and petrol pumps on Albert Street, Haverfordwest. He and his wife Margaret then went on to acquire farms in Druidstone, Honeyhook and Hilton and also the hotel and club in Broad Haven.

Pauline left school to work on Honeyhook farm and even though she was petite, she learned to milk cows, and drive the tractor and combine harvester.

As young women, Pauline and her sisters joined the Young Farmers at Keeston. They attended dressmaking classes and made their own ball gowns.

Pauline attended agricultural college at Gelli Aur (Golden Grove) in 1957.

In 1958 she won the Pembrokeshire heat of the ‘Dairy Princess’ competition.

She then gained employment with the Ministry of Agriculture where she would drive to the farms around Pembrokeshire to collect and test milk samples.

At a Young Farmers social gathering at Camrose South School, Pauline met a young bank clerk named John. He and his friends had gate-crashed the dance, burst all of the balloons and then stole her heart.

They were married at All Saints Church in Walton West on May 6, 1961. The reception was held at the Broad Haven Hotel and their honeymoon was in Ireland.

John and Pauline set up home in Haverfordwest, their daughter Julie arrived in October 1962.

John’s occupation as a banker meant the they moved to Fishguard (1965) and a son, Stephen, arrived in July 1967.

They moved to Tenby next (1971) and then Tim arrived in September 1972. Another move followed, to Llanelli (1973) and then to Neath (1979).

In all, there were five moves in 19 years which was difficult for everyone having to leave their friends behind and start over again. But Pauline’s happy and friendly personality meant she soon made lifelong friends through Ladies Circle, W.I. and the church.

Her final move was to Saundersfoot in 1985, where she became carer for John’s mother and got a summer job at Squibbs photography shop.

She supported several local charities, especially Cancer Research and sold poppies for Remembrance Day.

Pauline was a prolific letter writer and would send a ‘thank you’ for the smallest act of kindness. If she didn’t write a letter, she would bake a cake.

Everyone was always made welcome in her home. She had ’green fingers’, loved plants, flower arranging and pottering in the garden.

Pauline was always a hard-worker and a dedicated support person, always putting others first, a kind, caring and loyal friend.

She was modest and humble and would never ask for anything. She touched many lives and will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all.

The bearers were Steve (son), Tim (son), Chris (nephew), Jonathan (nephew), Paul (son-in-law) and Sean (family friend).

The funeral arrangements were undertaken by W and MJ Rossiters and Sons, The Old Rectory, The Norton, Tenby, SA70 8AB.

Donations, if desired, to be shared between Cancer Research and Macmillan Cancer Support, c/o W and MJ Rossiters and Sons, Funeral Directors.

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Mrs N D Philpin


Western Telegraph:

NORMA Doreen Philpin died peacefully at home at Crinow Farm, Narberth, on December 3, 2018, aged 91.

She was truly a fighter and will be sadly missed by all who knew her for her great wit and sense of humour.

Norma was born at Cottesmore Lodge, Tangiers, Haverfordwest on December 18, 1926 to Martin and Muriel Thomas. Norma was raised there with her brother Colin before moving to Lynwood.

Norma attended Prendergast Junior School and during the Second World War, she worked on the depth charges at Trecwn and later at Howell’s the Jewellers in Haverfordwest.

Norma attended the war-time dances at the Market Hall where she met her husband to be, Jim Philpin. They married at Rudbaxton Church and settled at Crinow where they farmed for almost 70 years. Jim sadly passed away in 2005.

Norma was a dedicated mother, and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her home and family was her priority and she was known for her great kindness and generosity.

Visitors were always made to feel welcome, especially Maureen who travelled great lengths to see her.

Norma was known for her love of animals, especially her pets, plants and music.

Sadly, her health deteriorated through her later years but with the help and support of her family, Norma overcame serious illness.

The family left to mourn are: Richard, Jane, John and Robert (children); Julie and Marie (daughters-in-law); Mark, Kelly, Joe, Jake and Terrence (grandchildren) and great grandchildren.

The funeral service took place on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth and was conducted by the Revd. Elwyn John.

The bearers were Mathew Van Dyke, David Lewis, Rowland Davies and John Owen.

There were family flowers only, with donations, if so desired, for Breast Cancer Care Cymru, c/o E.C. Thomas & Son, Funeral Directors, Zoar Chapel Funeral Home, Llanteg, Narberth. SA67 8QH and 21, Main Street, Pembroke SA71 4JS who carried out the funeral arrangements.

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Mr N Rees


NOEL Rees, the precious husband of Jean, passed away peacefully at Withybush General Hospital, Haverfordwest on January 8, aged 83 years.

The funeral service held at Parc Gwyn Crematorium was attended by a large gathering of family, friends and neighbours.

Officiating at the service was the Pastor John Thomas, assisted by the Rev John Roberts and Rev Wynn Vittle. The eulogy of Noel’s life was given by his brother-in-law Roy Harries.

Chief mourners were his wife Jean, Gwyneth and Roy (sister and brother-in-law), Morfydd (sister-in-law) and relatives too numerous to mention.

Apologies were received from his brother Raymond and Brenda, who were unable to attend.

The bearers were his nephews Kevin, Richard, Neil and David.

Donations in memory of Noel made payable to Wales Air Ambulance. c/o Paul Jenkins and Sons, Feidr Castell, Fishguard SA65 9BB

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