THE FUNERAL of a popular youth worker who died a day after being involved in a car crash will be held next week.
Darren Roberts, 31, of Caerwys, who worked at The Venture in Wrexham, was involved in a two-vehicle accident on the A541 at Afon Wen on Thursday in which casualties were reported to have suffered minor injuries and were not taken to hospital.
The following day Mr Roberts died suddenly.
Yesterday police said they were now treating the collision which involved a blue Peugeot Estate and grey Hyundai Active motor vehicle, as a fatal road collision following Mr Roberts’ death.
Sgt Gwyndaf Jones of the roads policing unit said: “Following a post-mortem examination, we now believe the driver of the Peugeot died as a result of injuries sustained during the collision.
“A full investigation will now take place and I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the collision, or any incident leading up to it.”
Mr Roberts, whose nickname was ‘Coco’, was co-ordinator for the alternative learning project at The Venture centre for children and young people in Garner Road, Caia Park, Wrexham, and was also secretary of The Venture Community Football Club.
On December 18, two services will take place in his memory and give the people of Flintshire and Wrexham the chance to celebrate his life.
His cousin Donna Roberts paid tribute to the “popular” and “kind” father who, she said, was like a little brother to her.
She said a service will take place at Caerwys Church at 10am and following this his coffin will be driven to The Venture where they will stop before going on to Wrexham Crematorium at 11.30am for a second service and committal.
“There are a lot of people in Wrexham who can’t travel to Caerwys.
“He was so popular. His partner Clare wants to do something in Caerwys, and then we will have a service in Wrexham.”
Mother-of-two Donna, 39, added: “His death was a real shock – he was a young lad. It was really unexpected.
“It has been such a shock for all the family.”
His partner of 13 years, Clare Ponton, described Mr Roberts as a “devoted family man who adored the couple’s 10-year-old daughter Charley-Louise”.
She told the Leader: “He would do anything for her – he would do anything for anybody.”
She also said Mr Roberts’ work as a youth worker had meant a huge amount to him.
Despite being a part of the Caerwys community for 10 years, Clare said Caia Park was always the place he thought of as home.
Donna has said anyone who wishes to pay their respects are welcome to attend the two services and has asked for people to wear football tops in his memory.
“He was such a big part of the football community,” she said.
“Clare, his daughter, football and The Venture were his life.”