Ded­i­cated coun­cil­lor ‘re­spected across Wales’

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

TRIBUTES have been paid to a “hugely re­spected” for­mer Gwynedd coun­cil­lor who has been de­scribed as a back­bone of lo­cal politics.

Tecwyn Thomas, from Caernar­fon, passed away peace­fully last week­end at Ys­byty Gwynedd, aged 81.

He was de­scribed by friends and col­leagues as a “Labour party mem­ber through and through”.

Mr Thomas served as a mem­ber of Gwynedd county coun­cil and Caernar­fon town coun­cil, and as an elec­tion agent in par­lia­men­tary and Welsh Assem­bly elec­tions, as well as hold­ing many other roles within the Labour Party and trade union move­ment.

His son, Ian Thomas, said: “My fa­ther served as chair of Welsh Labour at the crit­i­cal time when Rho­dri Mor­gan was ne­go­ti­at­ing the One Wales coali­tion agree­ment, and held many se­nior roles in Welsh Labour, cam­paign­ing hard for Welsh Labour’s mes­sage dur­ing elec­tion cam­paigns.”

Alun Pugh, a for­mer Welsh Cul­ture Min­is­ter, said: “Tecwyn Thomas was hugely re­spected across our na­tion.

“He was deeply com­mit­ted to pub­lic ser­vice and his loss will be felt keenly by the whole Labour move­ment in Wales.

“Like so many other col­leagues, I am grate­ful and thank­ful to Tecwyn and his wife Iris for their wel­come to their fam­ily home, the tea we drank, the sand­wiches we ate and the gos­sip we shared.”

Cllr Sion Jones, of Bethel near Caernar­fon, said: “I am ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated that Tecwyn Thomas, for­mer chair of Welsh Labour, sec­re­tary of Ar­fon Labour and my agent dur­ing my last three elec­tions, has died.

“He was a true work­ing class man, and Labour through and through.

“I am think­ing about his fam­ily and friends. Di­olch Tecwyn am bob dim. (Thank you Tecwyn for ev­ery­thing.)”

Cllr Ioan Thomas, mayor of Caernar­fon, said: “It was with great sad­ness I re­ceived the news of Tecwyn’s death, al­though with no sur­prise.

“His health had de­te­ri­o­rated re­cently and he had been a pa­tient at Ys­byty Gwynedd.

“Tecwyn had been a very loyal mem­ber of the town coun­cil.

“You could have an ar­gu­ment with Tecwyn. Ar­gu­ments are never pleas­ant but he would never be ag­gres­sive and cer­tainly never bore a grudge.

“He re­spected views of op­po­nents but would not wa­ver from his be­liefs. He was a very proud Welsh­man and proud of his socialist roots.

“He came to the house just be­fore Christ­mas with a con­tri­bu­tion to the mayor’s Christ­mas fund. It had been a real ef­fort for him.

“This was a small ex­am­ple of his great loy­alty to­wards the fund and its aim of mak­ing Christ­mas more en­joy­able for some of the town’s less for­tu­nate in­hab­i­tants..”

Cather­ine Owen, clerk to the town coun­cil, said Mr Thomas’s death would be a “huge loss” to the coun­cil.

“He was a real gen­tle­man and a back­bone of this coun­cil,” she said.

“He never had a cross word to say about any­one, but he al­ways had a strong opin­ion on mat­ters of im­por­tance.”

Mr Thomas’s funeral will be to­day, May 2, with a pub­lic ser­vice at Capel Seilo in Caernar­fon at 1pm.

He will then be laid to rest at Llan­be­blig Ceme­tery. Fam­ily flow­ers only, but do­na­tions will be ac­cepted to­wards Cancer Re­search UK.

Tecwyn Thomas (main) was ‘Labour through and through’. Caernar­fon mayor Cllr Ioan Thomas (top in­set) said he was ‘a very loyal mem­ber of the coun­cil’ while Alun Pugh (left) de­scribed him as ‘deeply com­mit­ted to pub­lic ser­vice’

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