HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to a popular figure in the music scene.
Alf Roberts, from Connah’s Quay, who died last week, was described by his family as a “kind and helpful” man.
The 78-year-old was well-known in the country music scene, working as a music agent right up until his death.
Mr Roberts, who previously wrote a country music column for the Leader, played an important role in the success of many artists during a 30-year stint in the industry.
His daughter Heather Berry, 51, said all the family were upset by the news.
She said: “He was very easy going. Everybody seemed to like him and he was a very kind person.
“He rarely fell out with anyone and he always tried to see the best in everybody.
“He always had time for people.”
Mrs Berry said her father, who worked as a TV repair man before entering the music industry three decades ago, was also a popular figure in his Connah’s Quay.
She said he used to put on a monthly charity night at the Connah’s Quay Civic Hall, as well as helping organise country music gigs at venues across the country.
Mrs Berry said: “He is very well respected in the country scene.
“He was very kind and helpful and he always wanted to make sure everybody was OK.
“We would like to thank everybody for all their kind comments – there are so many people we would like to thank.”
Mr Roberts, who also used to write for country music magazines, helped to organise holiday events for country music fans, with one taking place this weekend in Blackpool.
He was married to his wife Josie, 78, for more than 50 years.
“They’ve been together since they were 15 and they got married when they were 19 – it was a very long time,” Mrs Berry added.
Mr Roberts had two daughters, Mrs Berry and Carol Thomas, 53.
He also had six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will take place at 2pm on Tuesday in St Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay, followed by internment in Connah’s Quay (Kelserton) Cemetery.