Tributes af­ter death of ded­i­cated com­mu­nity worker and his­to­rian

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

TRIBUTES have been paid to a ded­i­cated com­mu­nity worker, his­to­rian and avid mar­itime en­thu­si­ast who has died.

The death of John Cave MBE, who was in his 80s, was an­nounced by his friend, An­gle­sey MP Al­bert Owen.

Lead­ing the tributes, Mr Owen said: “It is with great sad­ness that we learn of the peace­ful pass­ing of John Cave – a dear friend and col­league. John, a lo­cal leg­end and a thor­oughly de­cent man. I will miss him. My love and thoughts are with his fam­ily.

“John was in Par­lia­ment only last week with a group from the mar­itime mu­seum and he was tak­ing pic­tures, he loved cap­tur­ing mem­o­ries on cam­era.

“I have shared some im­por­tant mo­ments with him and hosted him and his fam­ily on the ter­race of the House of Com­mons when he got his MBE, we spent many Christ­mas morn­ings at lo­cal hos­pi­tals or met for cof­fee.

He had a great sense of hu­mour and he made those who knew him laugh – John was a rare gem. RIP Mr Cave MBE.”

Mr Cave had ded­i­cated his life to com­mu­nity life in Holy­head.

His work with the com­mu­nity has ranged from or­gan­is­ing count­less fundrais­ing events, reach­ing across the Ir­ish Sea to se­cure firm links be­tween the ports, and giv­ing his time to pro- vid­ing the peo­ple of Holy­head with a win­dow into the town’s past.

He was par­tic­u­larly keen on pro­mot­ing the Llain­goch area and, last year, when the lo­cal pri­mary school was one of three closed in the town, ob­tained spe­cial per­mis­sion to visit each one and take photograph­s.

“Some­body has to, be­cause once they are closed they’re gone. Ys­gol Llain­goch, Park School and Ys­gol Thomas El­lis are part of the town’s his­tory,” he said at the time.

He was awarded the MBE in the 2006 Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours list for his work in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and with Holy­head’s Mar­itime Mu­seum.

Pay­ing trib­ute, Cllr Vaughan Wil­liams of Holy­head Town Coun­cil said: “Heart­bro­ken to hear of pass­ing of Mr John Cave.

“To say he’ll be missed is a mas­sive, mas­sive un­der­state­ment. Very sad news for our com­mu­nity in Holy­head. If ever a soul de­served to rest in peace its his. Sleep well John.”

Writ­ing on Twit­ter, Ray Car­son said: “Oh no! What a loss to the Holy­head com­mu­nity. Sin­cere con­do­lences to the Cave fam­ily.”

And Mark Ber­torelli added: “I spoke to him in Tesco a few weeks ago, he knew my dad well from “work­ing down the rail­way”, not re­lated to John but he felt like my favourite un­cle, we were lucky to have him.

“His fam­ily and other friends are in my thoughts.”

John Cave (left) with MP Al­bert Owen re­ceiv­ing his pres­i­den­tial medal. Mr Owen has paid trib­ute to John

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