Llay memorial for man who 'knew everyone'

Published date: 13 March 2014 |
Published by: Nathan Rowden
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A MEMORIAL tree has been planted in memory of a community stalwart and former correspondent for the Leader.

The special tree was planted in Alyn Waters country park in Llay yesterday in memory of Greville Williams – also known as ‘Grev the Leader’ – of Llay, who died last May after a six-year battle with heart disease, aged 75.

His wife Patricia told of of her pride over her husband and his involvement in the Llay community.

She said: “I am very proud of my husband. He was such a gentlemen who never thought he was above or below anyone.

“He was approachable and he knew everyone and everything about the village.

“I am so happy this tree is being planted in his memory and he is being given recognition for all his work.

“As time has passed people have begun to realise how much he is missed.”

Mr Williams was vice-president of Llay Local History Society and secretary of Llay Welfare Cricket Club.

But his biggest passions were music, Wrexham FC and writing for the Leader, which he did for 50 years.

Mrs Williams said: “He wrote right until the end, and was still writing for the Leader until he could barely hold a pen anymore – he was so passionate about his work.”

Mr Williams was educated at Victoria Secondary Modern School in Wrexham and later studied engineering.

As a teenager he ran errands at Wrexham Maelor Hospital before he joined British Steel in Shotton, Flintshire.

He met Liverpool-born Patricia at a dance in Overton and the couple married at St John’s Church, Rhosymedre, in 1960.

Their only son John was born nine months later.

The tree was planted by Wrexham Council on the opening of a landfill site, which has been closed to the public for three years.

The site on Alyn Waters is close to where Mr Williams lived.

After problems with leakage it was decided to recap the site to stop any contaminated leaks.

That recapping – which stops rain water entering the landfill site and leaking out – has finished.

The area has been landscaped with trees and shrubs with children from Llay Park Community Primary School planting poppy seeds to decorate the area around the memorial tree.

Cllr David Griffiths, Wrexham Council’s lead member for health and adult social care, said: “Staff, contractors and designers are to be congratulated for bringing this work to completion ahead of schedule and well within budget.

“It is lovely to see Patricia Williams here today to plant a tree in her husband's memory.

“Greville I know would have appreciated it.”

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