HE is a familiar face in Mold public life.
But now good-natured community stalwart Tony Davies is to step down from his long-standing role.
Mr Davies, 64, is to leave his position as Mold Town Hall caretaker after 17 years.
Tomorrow will be the last day he will be responsible for the town’s iconic building.
His job has seen him tend the Earl Road building for hundreds of meetings and countless functions – not to mention the decade of watering all the town’s hanging baskets with his wife Nanette, 62.
And on the eve of his retirement, the veteran said he has enjoyed every minute.
“I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said.
“Meeting all the people I have along the way was the key really.
“I’ve cared passionately about the job.”
Mr Davies, of Maes Bodlonfa, Mold, took the caretaker job after 16-and-a-half years serving the town in a different role as cemeteries superintendent between 1976 and 1992.
During his tenure Mold won a best kept cemetery award in 1991.
During his time as town hall caretaker, Mr Davies also tended to the numerous hanging baskets across Mold helped by his wife.
The pair will both step down from that role as well.
Mrs Davies said: “We started watering them when there were just 10 baskets, but now there’s more than 100.
“We began watering more than 10 years ago and it certainly becomes demanding in the summer months.”
Town officials have paid tribute to Mr Davies’ service as he heads in to retirement.
Mold east councillor Chris Bithell praised him for his work as a caretaker and the town’s cemeteries man.
He said: “I first knew Tony when we interviewed him for a cemeteries role about 40 years ago.
“He was very good in that job and took a great deal of care in it.
“Tony was energetic and dedicated and was very sympathetic to mourners. The cemetery was always in immaculate condition.”
Cllr Bithell added that Mr Davies had been a “very good caretaker” and would be missed by all across Mold.
“Tony always opens the town hall for meetings or for other groups using the hall, he’d clean up afterwards too,” he said.
“He’s been well known for his caring manner and has been a first class employee. He’s very well liked, a good natured fellow and we all wish him well.”
Mold town centre manager Dave Hill added: “Tony is one of the long-serving members in the town and helped us to win awards through his work.
“He will be missed.”
Town clerk Samantha Roberts said the council is currently advertising the caretaker job and that she had received about 25 applications so far.
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