Tributes paid to Rhyl RNLI chairman and former mayor

Published date: 26 March 2014 |
Published by: Mike Williams 
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Eric Davies holding certificate 

THE family of a well known Rhyl community leader who died last week has paid tribute to the “community-spirited” man.

Rhyl RNLI lifeboat Chairman Eric Davies died aged 86 at Dolanog Residential home on Wednesday, March 19, after suffering from a long-standing illness.

Mr Davies had four children and nine grandchildren with his wife Ceinwen, who passed away more than ten years ago.

He was also a Rhyl mayor, Rhyl town councillor, Rhuddlan Borough councillor, chairman of Rhyl FC, JP, president of the Royal British Legion at different points in his career and was awarded the British Empire Medal.

His son Gary said: “He was always there for us, and it had a big impression on me and my brothers the way he was so community minded. He was always doing something.

“He lived by traditional values, always keen on his please and thank yous, and was an all-round stickler for manners.

“He was a good father and a Rhyl man through and through.”

His niece Sian Davies, events manager at Denbighshire Council, said: “He was a lifelong Labour party member and was well known for his speeches at the cenotaph on remembrance day.”

Mr Daves’ work for the RNLI included collecting money on Flag Days and officiating at naming ceremonies and open days.

A Rhyl RNLI spokesperson said: “The crew hope to provide a fitting guard of honour to a true supporter and servant of Rhyl.”

“He had a soft spot for the RNLI and it’s volunteers.”

His funeral, which is open to friends, family and well-wishers, will take place at St Anne’s Church on Vale Road, Rhyl at 12pm on Friday followed by interment in the Rhyl cemetery on Dyserth road.

Friends are invited to take refreshments at the Rhyl Rugby Club after the funeral.

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