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Fond farewell to gent dubbed 'Mr Wrexham'

Published date: 21 August 2014 |
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FAMILY and friends paid a fond farewell to a true ‘Mr Wrexham’.

A funeral service was held for 87-year-old Elwyn Edwards, of Chester Road, at Pentrebychan Crematorium on Tuesday.

Mr Edwards, who served as chauffeur for more than 30 of the town’s mayors, died earlier this month at his home on Chester Street.

Betty, his wife of 63 years, was at his side.

Mrs Edwards, 87 said: “His lungs hadn’t been 100 per cent for quite a few years and he was suffering from vasculatory dementia – but he was still quite active.

“After we went to bed, I gave him his whiskey and water and a cigarette – and he must have died about an hour afterwards.

“It was such a shock for me but he went very, very peacefully.”

Originally from the Lodge in Brymbo, Mr Edwards served as the mayoral chauffeur and mace-bearer from the late 1950s. He carried out his ceremonial roles at a number of civic functions, including investitures and official appearances.

While Mr Edwards drove dignitaries and helped out at civic functions, Mrs Edwards provided catering at buffets for visiting dignitaries, including visits by the Queen, Princess Diana and Prince Charles over the years.

Mrs Edwards said: “We were like a partnership.

“I looked after the caretakers and cleaners and he was the chauffeur and the mace-bearer.”

The couple were married at Coedpoeth Church on June 23, 1951.

They lived in a flat above the Guildhall from 1959 until Mr Edwards’ retirement in 1991, when they moved to Chester Street.

Mrs Edwards added that her late husband’s service at Pentrebychan Crematorium on Tuesday was “packed”.

Old friends and former council colleagues turned out to bid goodbye to Mr Edwards, whom friends described as ‘Mr Wrexham’.

He served 33 mayors, during the authority’s transition from the former Wrexham Borough Council and the Wrexham Maelor Borough Council.

Malcolm Williams, who served as mayor of Wrexham in 1990 and 1991, said he had “nothing but fond memories” of Elwyn.

He said: “He was a gentleman and did a lot for Wrexham.

“He was looked up to, not just as a chauffeur, but as ‘Mr Wrexham’.

“And when he had that mace in front of him, he was military in his precision.

“He did everything by the book.”

Mr Edwards leaves wife Betty, daughter Lorraine, grandchildren Molly and Jorga, siblings-in-law Donald and Sylvia and a number of nieces and nephews.

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