JOHN WAS A GREAT FRIEND OF GREY­STONES

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JOHN Cave of Holy­head, MBE and a great friend of Grey­stones, died re­cently.

John (84) was a mem­ber of the Holy­head twin­ning group from the begin­ning of its in­volve­ment with Grey­stones.

‘We were all dev­as­tated to learn of his death,’ said for­mer Mayor of Grey­stones, Kath­leen Kelle­her. She and fel­low for­mer-mayor Stephen Stokes at­tended his fu­neral in Holy­head.

‘Those who knew our beloved John from his many vis­its to us will re­mem­ber a true gen­tle­man,’ said Kath­leen. ‘John was in­volved with our twin­ning project from the very begin­ning.’

He al­ways es­tab­lished an im­me­di­ate rap­port with those he met, in­clud­ing those he met in Grey­stones. He was in­volved in a large num­ber of com­mu­nity en­ter­prises, in­clud­ing Holy­head RNLI. John was also life­time pres­i­dent of the Holy­head Mar­itime Museum.

John was a reg­u­lar on the Holy­head scene and be­came a reg­u­lar on the Grey­stones scene as well. He was an in­trepid pho­tog­ra­pher for the St Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade in Grey­stones. His thou­sands of pho­tos are now part of his enor­mous ar­chive, which stretches back as far as John’s ear­li­est pho­tos in the 1950s.

John’s spe­cial love of Ire­land might have stemmed from the fact that his birth­day is our na­tional day.

Sue Wil­liams, com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the Holy­head Sea Cadets who has also spent time in Grey­stones, spoke warmly of John in the North Wales Chron­i­cle.

‘He would do any­thing for any­body. He was a gen­tle­man and his loss will be greatly felt in Holy­head. He is just ir­re­place­able,’ she said.

‘Holy­head has lost one of its great­est as­sets: he was so knowl­edge­able about the town and its his­tory and he was in­volved in so many things, and very well liked by many peo­ple.’

John’s fu­neral was held re­cently in St Cybi’s Church, Holy­head, and was a won­der­ful trib­ute to his rich and full life. The church was packed to ca­pac­ity with mourn­ers lin­ing the church av­enue.

Guards of hon­our were pro­vided by the RNLI while Holy­head Fire Sta­tion mem­bers stood to at­ten­tion as his fu­neral passed on way to ceme­tery.

‘John will al­ways have a spe­cial place in our hearts here in Grey­stones,’ said Kath­leen.

The late John Cave.

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