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læ .K à Death of MB*. Owen Harris, Trecynon. Last Saturday afternoon, in the person of Mr Owen Harris, Trecynon, one of the most prominent figures in the public life of Trecynon and Aberdare, passed away. Mr Harris, who was 67 years of age, originally hailed from Llanddeusant, Carmarthenshire, whence he removed when a young man to Ystalyfera, and later to Aberdare. He opened a grocer's business in Harriet-street, Trecynon, the industries of the district being at the time in a flourishing condition. Mr Harris was the last of the quartet of pros- perous tradesmen who carried on business at Harriet-street, and who, besides being endowed with keen commercial abilities, were also men of culture and of no mean literary repute. They were Mr David Hopkm Lewis, Mr William Charles, Mr John Williams (father of Mr T. Walter Williams, B.Sc.) and Mr Harris. The de- ceased established branch shops at Mill- street and Llwydcoed, the former being managed by his son, Mr Morgan J. Harris. He took an active interest in municipal life, and served on many public bodies. He was for many years an active member of the Aberdare School Board, He was also very popular as a Guardian of the Poor, an office which he held for a considerable time. He had served on the Aberdare Local Board of Health, and when that body was merged into the District Council, he retained his membership until the time of his death. The electors of No. 1 Ward held him in high esteem, and he was indeed an ideal repre- sentative. At the last election, three years next March, he was re-elected unopposed. In politics, Mr Harris was a zealous Liberal. On the -District Council he was regarded as a Progressivist. He was brought up as a Calvinistic Methodist, but maturer years found him a Baptist. He was one of the deacons of Heolyfelin Bap- tist Church, Trecynon, of which the Rev. J. Cynog Williams is pastor, and who was pre- ceded by the Rev. W. Harries. The loss which the church has sustained through his removal will be great indeed. Mr Harris was a true type of the practical Christian. He was chary of words but prolific in deeds. The poor of the neighbourhood found in Mr Harries a true friend and benefactor. He was generous to a fault. The cause which he knew not he searched out, and his heart and hand were ever open. By his denomi- nation he was considered a prince in Israel, and one time he filled the honourable posi- tion of chairman of the East Glamorgan Baptist Association. His son and daughter are the objects of wide-spread sympathy. The interment takes place to-day at Aber- dare Cemetery. At the meeting at the Aberdare Liberal Club on Saturday, a vote of condolence with Mr Harris' son and daughter was unani- mously passed. At the meeting of the Aberdare District Council on Monday, Mr John Howell, who presided, moved a vote of condolence with the deceased's family. However much they might differ in their opinions, observed Mr Howell, they were all ready to extend their sympathy on an occasion like this. He moved that the clerk be instructed to com- municate to the family an expression of the Council's sympathy. Mr D. P. Davies, in seconding, said he had had the pleasure of sitting on the Coun- cil, side by side with Mr Harris, for upwards of 20 years. He was a thoroughly genuine friend and colleague. 11 Mr L. N. Williams said he had known Mi- Harris as a friend and neighbour for the last 40 years, and in every respect he could venture to say that a better, truer friend never lived. A very unassuming man, Mr Harries had a sympathetic heart, and his friendship was valued by him very much. The motion was then carried in silence.

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