Family tributes to popular Rhyl butcher

Reporter:

Matt Jones

THE funeral of a life-long Rhyl resident who ran a butcher's shop for more than 40 years has taken place.

Gilbert Edward Parry, aged 97, who died at Glan Clwyd Hospital on December 20, was laid to rest in front of family and friends at St Thomas's Church yesterday (Tuesday).

Mr Parry, a father of four, ran Gilbert E Parry butchers on St Margret's Drive, Rhyl, from 1946 until the 1980s when his son took over.

His wife of 53 years Jean, aged 82, said: “He was very devoted to his family. He was a very caring person who always looked out for others.

“He was very respected by the community and was very much loved by his family.”

Mr Parry, who was born in 1916 on a farm off Dyserth Road, lived in Bryn Coed Park for a number of years.

He suffered from rheumatic fever at ages seven, 14 and 21 which prevented him serving on active duty in the Second World War, but during which time he worked in Broughton constructing Wellington bombers.

Mr Parry lived at home until the age of 96 before moving to Preswylfa Care Home after suffering a stroke in February last year.

He was a member of Rhyl Chamber of Trade, Rhyl Yacht Club and was a keen radio enthusiast.

Mr Parry is also survived by his six grandchildren, children Douglas, Esme, and twins Ruth and Sylvia, born when Mr Parry was 56.

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