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Late Mr. S. Fudge.

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Late Mr. S. Fudge. Former Postmaster at Porth. It is with sorrow we chronicle the death of Mr. S. Fudge, of Bristol, which took place during last week. Mr. Fudge, who had attained more than the allotted span of three score years and ten, was a native of Bristol. He came to the Rhondda Valley over forty years ago, and was in a few years 'afterwards appointed post master at Porth, a post which he filled with distinction and honour for nearly thirty years. The most anxious period during his career as postmaster, he was wont to say, was when tne Tynewydd Col- liery was inundated in the year 1877, when he was set the arduous task of transmitting numerous messages in con- nection with this unfortunate disaster. Among the many messages which he re- ceived was a message of sympathy to the families from Queen Victoria. Porth had not then the telegraphic and postal facilities of to-day, and for the services which he so efficiently performed on that occasion he was made the recipient of a beautifully illuminated address by a representative committee of the public of Porth, Pontypridd and district. The area of the Porth Post Office extended at that time to Mardy, Ystrad, Gilfach Goch, Trehafod, and Gyfeillion. It is creditable to say, though he had so large a district to cover each day, that during his tenure of office he was always punc- tiliously polite and obliging almost to a fault—as the Porth traders will testify. Mr. Fudge was also a most capable musician, and had acted as conductor of Ferndale and also Cymmer Brass Bands. He retired from the post office a few years ago to take up the duties of land- lord of the Tymawr Hotel, near Ponty- pridd, which is now kept by his son. He shortly afterwards returned to his native home at Bristol. He leaves five sons and two daughters to mourn his loss. The funeral took place on Friday, when his mortal remains were laid to rest at Llethrddu. There was a very, large attendance of Porth tradespeople and friends. The Vicar of Llanwonno and the Revs. Raymond and Evans per- formed the burial ceremony. The chief mourners were: —Mr. Walter Fudge, Pontypridd, Mr. Alfred Fudge, news- agent, Porth, Mr. Wm. Fudge, Ponty- pridd, and Mr. John Fudge, Wattstown (sons): and Mr. James Williams, butcher, Porth (son-in-law). Among the friends present were: -Councillor Wm. Evans, Porth Farm; Mr. N. Newton; Mr. A. Williams, Brynglas; Mr. T. Davies and Mr. D. W. Davies, chemists, Porth; Messrs. Geo. Webster- W. R. Thomas, newsagent; Jack Morgan; J. Smith- Davies J. W. Price: Ebenezer Evans; C. Russell; Geo. Price: E. Morris; J. Preece; D. Powell; D. W. Jones, Porth; T. Jenkins, Pontyclun; J. Vaughan; Captain Edgar Thomas' Messrs. W. S. Morgan; E. Price; J. Jeremy, and Watkin Thomas. The coffin was sur- mounted with a number of floral tributes.

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