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Death of Mr. J. O. Thomas, Llandudno. r- ■ WE LI K NO W N COUNCILLOR A X D magistr vrr;. We deeply re-ret to record the death of one of Llandudno's most prominent townsmen, which took place on Monday morning with tragic suddenness. Mr. j. O. Thomas was found dead in bed at his residence, Plas Llwvd, Lloyd-street. He had been in failing- health for some time, but it was not antici- pated that the end \as so near. IIiis death, Llandudno loses one of its ablest sons, at the comparative! y early age of 52 years. He was the eldest son of Mr. Owen Thomas. Somerset Cottage, Llandudno, who, though considerably over four-score years oi age, was actively engaged in building operations until quite recently. Mr. Thomas's father came to Llandudno in its earliest days when a Ashing hamlet, from f.rodnant.m the Mochdre a!l"v, and his mother belonged to the Williams family, of Wyddtyd harm, on the Creat Orme. Thirty-nine years ago Mr. J. O. Thomas was engaged as an apprentice to Mr. Herbert Careless, draper, Upper Mostyn-strcet, fol- lowing which he went to gain larger experi- ence in se\'eral English towns. In 1881 he returned to Llandudno and commenced busi- ness in Central Mostyn-strcet as a draper, in which, he was very successful. Later he joined Mr. Ralph Fishcr in the general fur- nishing business, and the fine premises of Messrs. Thomas & Fisher in Vaughan-street for many years was the talk ot commercial centres in North Wales. Both partners re- tired from the business in Vaughan-street a few x-ears ago, About a decade ago, Air. J. O. Thomas joined his father in the building trade, which his father had carried on for so many years. Some of the most imposing buildings in the town were erected by them, including the new Post Office in Vaughan-street. Owing to almost continual ill health, Mr. Thomas retired some five years ago from business. He became a member of the Council in 1894. At every subsequent election he headed the poll, and in 1903 his majority at the District Council election was a record for the town. In 1904, the jubilee year of the Urban Auth- ority. he was unanimously elected Chairman of the Council, a position to which he was re-elected the following year. His influence on the District Council was consistently in favour of a forward policy," and the charm of the town and its environment were en- hanced by the measures which he induced the Council to adopt. The planting of trees in the streets and the laying out of the Happy Valley were due to his work as the Chairman of the Committee which had these matters in hand, and it was in consequence of his advocacy that the Council acquired the Marine-drive round the Great Ormc's Head from a private Company. Mr. Thomas was full of keen local patri- otism, and supported every movement which seemed likely to conduce to the prosperity of his town. He was placed on the Com- mission of the Peace for the county of Car, narvon in 1906. He was Chairman of the District Council when the National Union of Teachers held their annual Conference at Llandudno at Easter, 1905, and helped largely to make the visit the great success which it was admitted to be. When the new Post Office was opened in Vaughan-street in 190 by the Postmaster-General of that time he entertained him and a large company in the Council Chamber at luncheon. Mr. Thomas, who was unmarried, was a Noncon- formist and a Liberal, and since the death of Mr. Thomas Edge, had held the office of treasurer to the local Liberal Association. While holding his political and religious views firmly, he was of a broad-minded dis- position and was tolerant with all. Although of such a quiet and retiring dis- position his views on public affairs were .greatly respected. The funeral takes place to-morrow (Friday) at St. Tudno's Churchyard. The flag at the Town Hall is floated at half-mast.

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