A MAN who collapsed and died at a recycling centre has been remembered as a “caring, selfless man”.
Music lover Dennis Jones, 56, who lived in Treuddyn, suffered a suspected heart attack while at the Mold Household Recycling Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Despite the best efforts of staff at the Nercwys Road facility and others dropping off refuse, he could not be saved.
Yesterday he was remembered by family and friends as “someone who thought of others before himself”.
His brother, 74-year-old Ivor Jones, described his younger sibling as a man with many friends in the community who would be “sorely missed”.
“Nobody can believe he’s gone. It’s such a huge shock,” Mr Jones said.
“Dennis was born and bred in Treuddyn and loved the outdoor life.
“He would help anybody. If somebody needed something and they couldn’t get out, he’d get it for him.
“When our mother was bedridden for two years, he devoted his time to caring for her. He would help his friends and he had many of them in the village.
“I’m sure he will be sorely missed by the community."
Mr Jones said his brother, who lived on Ffordd y Pant, would be regularly seen on his bike in Treuddyn and was an animal lover who had kept chickens, a horse and a dog.
“He was also a big music fan,” Mr Jones said.
“He liked Status Quo and Deep Purple and had every LP the Quo ever made.
“He had been to see them many times with my son Phillip. The two of them were really good mates.”
A former employee of Shotton’s John Summers and Sons Steelworks, Mr Jones had also worked as a long distance lorry driver for Ivor Enston.
He died while accompanying a friend to the recycling centre on Nercwys Road at 2.30pm on Saturday.
“He was fit and healthy and I’d never have expected this,” Mr Jones said.
“He was a big Liverpool fan and I was arguing with him about football just the other day.
“The paramedics, a woman who was there when it happened and the council staff did everything they could to help him. I can’t praise them enough.
“There has been so much support from people, particularly Clive and Helen Ensal. I couldn't have coped without them.”
John Davies, 90, a lifelong friend of Mr Jones said: “Dennis was a good, honest and very genuine. Nothing was ever too much trouble.
“He would help me by cutting hedges, mowing the lawn and he did the same for others too. He did so many good things for people –he dug us out in the snow. He was great.”
A memorial service for Mr Jones will take place at Pentrebychan Crematorium, Wrexham, at 3pm on Monday.