Shock as Coedpoeth postmaster dies

Published date: 16 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A POSTMASTER died in his post office just like his father had before him.

Tributes have been paid to popular village postmaster John Edward Bryn Owen, who was the sub-postmaster at the Coedpoeth Post Office.

Mr Owen died aged 58 on Thursday, May 8 at the Post Office on Y Stryd Fawr. His wife Wendy Ann Owen, to whom he was married to for 34 years, said Mr Owen had not suffered from ill health and his sudden death has come as a shock.

“It just happened, straight out of the blue – very peacefully for him, but it’s just a shock for the people he’s left behind,” she said.

The couple had run the village post office since 1987, the year Mr Owen took over from his father – also named John Edward Bryn Owen.

“It was just like his father. He died at the post office as well,” added Mrs Owen.

“We’ve had lots of cards from family, friends and customers.”

A Post Office spokesman paid tribute to Mr Owen, saying: “John was a well-liked and popular sub-postmaster and all our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Coedpoeth councillor Krista Childs said she was “very, very sad” about Mr Owen’s death.

"He and his wife have been running the Post Office for quite a few years,” she said.

“I send my condolences to his family.”

Mr Owen leaves wife Wendy, 53, sons Richard, 28 and Gareth, 21 and grandchildren Kieran, nine, Georgia, two, and nine-week old Harvey.

His funeral will be at St Tudfil’s Church, Coedpoeth, at 11am on Friday, May 23, followed by internment at Coedpoeth Cemetery.

The family requests only family flowers be presented, but donations may be given via the offertory plates to Cancer Research UK.

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