HUNDREDS of people packed into St Margaret’s Church for the funeral of a popular councillor and farmer.
Richard Jones died peacefully at home after a short battle with cancer.
His funeral, at the Bodelwyddan based church, last Monday (September 9), was attended by families, friends and council colleagues.
Guests celebrated the life of Mr Jones, who was elected at every general election with an increased majority for 39 years.
He served as a councillor on Bodelwyddan Town, on Rhuddlan Borough Council until 1996 and retained his seat to become County Councillor for Denbighshire until May 2012.
His wife, Councillor Alice Jones, said: “Richard was a healthy man all his life but he was suddenly diagnosed with a cruel terminal cancer and in just 10 weeks, he passed away peacefully at home.
“His contribution to agriculture and his community was immense but he was a quiet and modest man and held many public positions.
“He contributed so much for the better of others in so many ways. He got things done quietly and efficiently but never sought recognition or praise.”
His lifelong friend, Gwyn Jones, read a poem at his funeral titled Green Tractors and One Man.
Mr Jones was an held in high esteem in North Wales agriculture circles as an excellent stockman and dairy farmer.
Alice added: “He was an ardent supporter of retaining council owned small holdings for future young farmers and every year, without fail, he offered placements for agricultural students for over 35 years.
“Many of these students stayed on with him as full time workers and one remains at Pengwern to today. Former students travelled from far and wide to his funeral to pay their fond respects to him.”
Mr Jones leaves his wife Alice and sons Wyn and Huw. He was a father-in-law to Helen and a taid to Elin and Lisa. He was a brother, and an uncle to his nephew and nieces.
Mr Jones volunteered for 30 years in the League of Friends Shop in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. He was also a governor of Ysgol Y Faenol in Bodelwyddan.