THE family of Denbigh man Arthur Jones, who has been missing in Crete, have spoken after a body was found.
They spoke after receiving the information that the body was found resting against a tree on some of the roughest terrain in the country,
His son Jeff Jones said: “It is deeply upsetting and a big shock to finally receive some news, but it is comforting to know that he was doing something he enjoyed.”
“However we as a family would like to thank everyone for their support, help and contribution to our quest in finding our father, since he went missing six weeks ago.”
“The last six weeks have been terribly stressful and difficult to cope with, but now we have had this news we would like to ask that we have the time, peace and privacy we need to mourn our father.”
A loving father, grandfather, uncle and brother, Arthur is described as being a larger than life character, who would pop up in the most unexpected places. He was well known to the community of Denbigh and further afield through his involvement with military organisations, mountaineering groups and motorbike clubs.
He was born and bred in Denbigh, and after leaving school joined the Merchant Navy. At the age of 26 he returned to his home town and went on to serve with the Territorial Army. He volunteered his services as Sergeant Major in the Army Cadets and latterly became Quarter Master.
“This meant he had contact with a lot of young people in the Denbigh area who went on to join the forces as a result of the support he gave them,” said Jeff.
He was an active member of the British Legion, selling poppies for nearly 20 years, being Parade Marshall, as well as raising money for Help for Heroes.
“He had a passion for walking and for anything to do with the military,” added Jeff, stating that his father enjoyed holidays which combined his two main interests.
Since 73-year-old Arthur was reported missing the community has raised over £20,000 for the family, and a fun day is due to be held at Plas Pigot in Denbigh to celebrate his life.