THE wife of a man who died suddenly last year has spoken of her “immense pride” after her late husband was honoured by his former university.
Angus Harvey Jones, 34, had been studying for a degree in broadcasting, journalism and media communications at Glyndwr University. He was due to start his final year of study before his death on August 26, 2012, which came shortly after a two week holiday to Majorca.
His wife Philippa Jones, brother Liam Jones, and sister Lucy Ewen were all invited by the Wrexham university to attend a graduation ceremony yesterday and collect Angus’ degree posthumously.
Mrs Jones, who attended the ceremony in the William Aston Hall on Wednesday, said the university’s gesture was “incredible” and that it “meant a great deal” to all the family when Liam went up on stage to collect the degree and a university sash.
“It was certainly a day of mixed emotions, but the overriding feeling is one of immense pride”, she said.
“Angus went to university at a later stage than usual and Glyndwr was great for him – he made friends with some great people and it was lovely to see them graduate today and put a name to some of the faces Angus used to speak about.
“Glyndwr have been incredible and they treated us fantastically all day.
“Liam was extremely proud to walk up to that stage and accept Angus’ degree certificate on behalf of his brother.”
Mrs Jones, of Peter Street, Rhos, met her husband at Darland High School in Rossett, where he was network manager and she was a teacher.
After Angus left to study for his degree, Mrs Jones left for the Lakelands School in Ellesmere, where she teaches maths.
She added that she wished all of Angus’ university fellows the greatest of success in their futures.
Sally Harrison, senior lecturer in broadcasting, journalism and media communications, taught Angus during his time at university.
She said: “Angus Jones successfully completed his penultimate year of study on Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Communications. He was a dedicated student – a most popular, innovative and conscientious individual - leaving some wonderful memories and a lasting impression on tutors and his student colleagues.
“Angus will not be forgotten. His influence and legacy remains strong in our programme.
“They do so in loving memory and the greatest of respect for Angus as a fellow academic and team member. He is a great loss to the university but we are very proud to make him a graduate of Glyndwr University and hope that his wife Philippa, and the rest of Angus’s family, can take some comfort from the fact that his memory is still very much alive here.”