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DEATH OF MR. EDWARD GILDERT.…

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DEATH OF MR. EDWARD GILDERT. MAESTEG One of the finest, mn-mt popular and best known characters of the Llynvi Vale has passed awav in the person of Mr. E. Gil- bert, who at one time took charge of the Vale of Towy and Cystanog Lead Mines, hear Carmarthen, under hie father, the late r. Joseph Gilbert, Mr. Bonville, and Captains Harvey arid Watera. When the above mines closed, the late Mr. E. Gilbert v left for Maesteg, where he lived for over 50 years and played a most prominent part in the development of the valley. He had been under manager of North's Navigation Collieries for many years, and saw several changes of companies previously. He was man of sound judgment, tact, and ability, He was an able platform speaker and well Versed in all political and social problems. lIe was a stern disciplinarian; yet the workmen at the collieries in cases of diffi- culties and grievances always had) faith in his justice and sound judgment, and their oases were always give ncareful considera- tion. His advice, in many matters was readily sought and aooepted. The funeral, which was a iarge and representative one, took place on Boxing Day at the Maes teg Cemetery. A short service was held at t. Peter's Church, Nantyffyllon, where the deceased was a most faithful member and a popular pillar in the congregation. The vicar of Caerau, Rev. Rees Da-vies, B.A., and the Rev. T. W. Evans. B.A., curate-in- charge, took part in the service, which was itoery impressive. The dieoeased's favourite hymns, "Rock of Ages" and "Guide me, Oh Thou gTeat Jehovah, were sung. The chief mourners were Mrs. Gilbert (widow and daughter of the late Mr. D. M. Wil- liams, Woods-row, Carmarthen); Mr. L. T. Gilbert. D.C., Carway, Kidwelly (eldest son); Lily Gilbert (grand-daughter): Mr. -and Mrs. W. Edmunds, Caerleon (son-in- law and eldest daughter); Mr. and Mrs. Preece, Maesteg, Muriel and) Phyllis (son- in-law, daughter and grand-daughters); Mr. -tnd Mrs. W. Morgan and Gilbert Mor- gan (son-in-law, daughter and grandson); Afr. tund Mrs. loan John, Percy John, Iris Howells (son-in daw, daughter and grand- daughter) Mr. W. J. Gilbert and Brinley •Gilbert (son and! grandson); Sergt. Mel- -Tille Gilbert (Welsh Horse) son); Mr. and Mrs. Charles Haydn Williams, Carmarthen (Yhew and nieoa); Mr. Brinley Jones Gilbert and his wife were the only ab- sentees They are in Australia, the former "being engaged in the Australian navy, and •fter the war intend to make his home in the Old Country. The Rev. D. Gorlech Jones, Pontvates, Kidwelly, was present, also the following ministers of the town, Rev. Probert (English Baptist), Dairies ((' ongregatiGnal), Griffiths (Presby- terian), also Mr. Jenkin Jones, J.P., M.E. Mr. Richard Sampson, Mr. T. E. Hop- tins, with many more who are prominent men in the valley. There were handsome qv"athft wnt, the chief being from the/ wife and family; Mr. and Mire. Gilbert, Cardiff (Ted and Edie), and from the mem- bers of St. Peter's Church. A memorial service was held on Sunday evening last, when the Rev. T. W. Evans, B.A., gave an impressive discourse. We offer our sincere sympathy to the family who have prominent Connections with the old Borough of Car- marthen.

COTIll BRIDGE. 1

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