Funeral service hears tributes to Denbigh's Arthur Jones


Shane Brennan

THE funeral service for Arthur Jones was told how the time he was missing in Crete was "another great Arthur story".

Arthur's coffin was brought to the service, at St Mary's Church in Lenten Pool, in a sidecar hearse.

He spent many years in the Territorial Army, as an Army Cadet instructor and was passionate about motorcycles.

The coffin was accompanied by over 100 motorcycle riders from the Whistlestop Motorcycle Club from Rhuddlan.

His son Jeff led tributes to Arthur during the church service.

During the tribute Jeff remembered Arthur's gift as a story teller.

He said: "Everyone here has an Arthur story.

"When we were growing up they all seemed so far fetched but when you grow up you realise it wasn't far fetched, it was just him.

"Whatever happened he'll have had a hell of time doing it. It was another great Arthur story. I'm just sorry I won't get to hear him tell it."

Jeff also paid tribute to Arthur's generosity.

He said: "For those in here you missed a treat. I'm gobsmacked by all the bikers here today. Normally Arthur would have been at the back of that but today he is at the front.

"He was Denbigh born and bred and proud of it.

"He devoted what time he could to Denbigh, it's people and all who needed his help.

"But when he needed help, town, North Wales and people from all over the world rose to the challenge. Dad would have been so honoured and proud."

A message was read from Arthur's friend, Roger Snaith, who helped in the search on Crete.

He said: "He was not only my friend but he was a second father not only to me but any like me. He was my map and my compass."

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