Tributes to "wonderful son, brother and friend"


Kirstie Dolphin

THE heartbroken family of a Ruthin man who died after his 4x4 overturned have described him as a wonderful son, brother and friend.

Gareth Huw Roberts, 30, from Cruglas, near Cyffylliog in Ruthin, died on Saturday, March 1, after the car rolled over near a parking spot between Moel Arthur and Moel Llys Y Coed, on the Flintshire/Denbighshire border.

In a heartfelt tribute Gareth’s parents, Dei and Edna Roberts said: “Gareth was a wonderful son, brother and friend. We will miss his ray of sunshine and cheeky smile forever. He will be sadly missed by all.  He brought joy to all he met.

“Gareth was born on 17th of February 1984 - a twin brother of Aled and younger brother of Elen. 

“He attended Cyffylliog Primary School and went to Ysgol Brynhyfryd.

“He later attended Yale College to train as a mechanic and did his apprenticeship at Power Range. He then decided to change career and was currently working for Enterprise. It has been an honour to be his parents and Gareth will always be in our hearts.”

His long-term partner of nine years, Louise Collister, from Ruthin, said: “He was known affectionately as Gareth “Cruglas” Roberts.

“He had the rare ability to bring a smile to everyone's face as soon as he entered the room.

“He was my best friend, soul mate and love of my life. Hard working, loving, caring, loyal, happy, trustworthy and would never let you down. Always in my heart and by my side forever.”

Gareth was pronounced dead at the scene on Saturday and a second man was taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital as a precaution.

Councillor Huw Williams, from Ruthin, described Gareth as a true gentleman.

He added: “It’s a truly sad and dreadful incident, he was a good man.

“To describe Gareth in one word would be a gentlemen.

“He was popular and only recently celebrated his 30th birthday.”

No other vehicles are thought to have been involved and police are not treating the death as suspicious.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said they were called to reports of an overturned 4x4 just before 9.45pm.

Gareth’s Facebook has been unindated with tributes from friends and family.

Harry Edwards wrote: “Absolutely devastated youve gone! Sleep tight up there and dont wake everyone up with your laugh gaz! Such sad news! RIP Gone but never never ever forgotten”.

Kieron Buswell posted: “Gareth you will be greatly missed by everyone. You were a great bloke to know and a friend. Rest in peace mate”.

Ian Wales wrote: “One of the nicest lads I've ever met! Gutted to hear the sad news! Sleep tight Gaz.”

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