In July this site reported that with Owen, Anthony and new chorister, Craig Howells there were three generations of the same family singing in the choir. Sadly, this happy situation was short lived. Owen was taken seriously ill early on in the tour to Cornwall and was taken to Truro Hospital on August 19th where he was taken into intensive care. The Choir is deeply shocked and saddened to learn that after a brave fight, with often hopes of a recovery, lasting six weeks, Owen passed away peacefully in Truro on Tuesday 24th September just over a month away from his 85th birthday.
Originally from Penclawdd, Owen moved to this area in 1962 to become a crane driver in the pre-pickle warehouse plant at the Llanwern Steelworks before his retirement and along with others from the steelworks, he joined the choir in 1964. In the following 49 years he has sung in every section, finally singing in the bass section. In all that time he rarely missed a concert or practice and always walked into the Hall with a spring in his step. Small in build but with a huge heart, Owen is best described as a quiet gentleman and a devoted,caring, loving family man. He always had a wicked smile and a twinkle in his eye which told of a mischievous past. He was extremely pleased and proud that his son Anthony and particularly his grandson Craig, together with son-in-law Jason Dawe, are also members of the choir and it is regrettably sad that they could not have spent more time singing together.
It is obvious that Owen loved our Choir, its members, music and social life and there is no doubt our Choir loved him. We will all miss him. All our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to sons Tony and Stephen, daughter Helen and to all his family at this very sad time.
Owen’s funeral will take place at Caldicot Methodist Church on Tuesday 8th October. Choristers to arrive at 2-00 pm for the service at 2-30 pm. Interment is at Dewstow cemetery and refreshments will be available at the Choir Hall afterwards.