JOHN WAS A GREAT FRIEND OF GREYSTONES
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.