GAVIN WILLIAMS

The Club are saddened to hear of the passing away of Gavin Williams on Boxing Day, a former member of our club.

The following is an extract from the club secretary’s blog.

“But for the Codger, Boxing Day 2015 will be remembered for the phone call he received this morning from Happy Harris bestowing the very sad, sad news that at the age 47 our bowling friend Gavin Williams had passed away at the Glan Rhos Nursing Home in Brynsiencyn. The Codger had known that "Gav" or Pud as the Clog Man once dubbed him, had been, for a long time, suffering from a number of life threatening illnesses. Luckily I was able to visit "Gav" in Ysbyty Gwynedd a few weeks ago and have a good old chat about our past bowling memories. As ever I found "Gav", positive and determined to keep fighting against the odds to at least see out the year. Sadly he didn't quite make it.

Sadly the Codger won't be here to attend "Gav's" funeral as I will be flying to South Africa next Tuesday, so I thought I would post my own personal eulogy in his memory.


The Codger joined the Beaumaris Bowling Club in 1983, when his first wife Linda took over the Happy Valley Pavilion Shop. The bowls clubhouse was part of the shop in those days and my first memory of "Gav" was a snap of him on the pavilion wall ( aged about 12 ) standing on the Nou Camp green with an even younger Mathew Parry ( the Clog Man's son). Even at their young ages, they were both then outstanding bowlers. Through their local interest in bowls, they helped to attract many other young bowlers to the club ( Lee and Alan Brown, Daniel and Andrew Hennessey, Kevin Williams, Dylan Williams and the Great Orm's son Mathew to name but a few ).
The Beaumaris Bowling Club at the time on the "up" and were soon to be accepted into the North Wales Coast League ( Division 3 ) and the Super League. "Gav" was a prominent, popular and regular team member in both leagues. His most fervent supporters in those days were his father Trevor and late mother Beryl who along with his late Uncle Gwyn and wife Helen Parry ( now Helen Harbour ) never missed any of his home games at the Happy Valley Nou Camp. "Gav" was unfortunately born with a slight stutter and I remember Beryl telling me how she used to cry whilst she spent many hours giving "Gav" her own speach therapy lessons to try help him to overcome his impediment. In the early 90's Beaumaris' away matches to play teams in Wrexham in the Super League was via Dave Harris's red Transit Van, sat on two planks in the back stretched over the wheel arches.The away trip entertainment was via "Gav's" joke telling, but not before he spent an age making up a " rollie" as he was swaying from side to side on his precarious plank seat. His stutter always gave his simple ( and really not very funny ) jokes an added edge as invariably we had to wait those extra few seconds for the punch line to be delivered. Can I say now that I honestly do not intend any malice to "Gav" or any other person who does stutter but as Frank Carson used to say "Its the way he tells them". One joke I recall was " What did the little candle say to the big candle " , to which "Gav" answered " I'mmmmmm goooing oooout tooooonight". As I said those extra few seconds waiting for th punch line made the joke even funnier.


"Gav" always fancied that he was fitter than the Codger and once challenged me to a two mile road race round the back roads of Henllys ( local Golf Club ). Well whilst my back was turned "Gav" took a sneaky early start and was off like the hare with the tortoise ( the Codger ) lagging behind. But as the Codger approached the hill leading up to Henllys, he found "Gav" sprawled out on his back in the middle of the road.Knackered. I think his "rollies" had taken their effect on his lungs. But anyway I got him home after which Beryl later told me that he spent the next four hours that afternoon recovering in bed.


Anyway "Gav's" finest bowling hour came in 1991 when after losing in the semi final of the Welsh Senior Merit Competition in Rhyl to the eventual winner Dave Rogers of Llay, he qualified for the finals of the 1991 British Senior Merit Competition at the Cleakheaton Sports Club in Yorkshire where he had drawn a then and still is currently a legand of the game,Glyn Cookson in the first round. Whilst I and the lads travelled down to support him on the day, "Gav" travelled down the night before with Derek and Andrew Stanley, staying in a local B and B. But "Gav" was up and out at 6 in the morning walking the local streets,making up and smoking a few of his favourite "rollies" contemplating his match with Glyn later that day. Regrettably, even after one point, having a good lead over Glyn, " Gav" lost 21 16 but as ever he was always humble and fair in defeat saying as he came off the green " I tried my best but he bowled well and deserved to win ". There were never any I was unlucky whinges from "Gav" if he lost.


Unfortunately by the mid nineties "Gav" lost his love for bowls and went on to take a few wrong turns in life. We in the club lost personal and regular contact with him for many years. But whenever I occasionally came across him, he was always the same "Gav", always a big smile and always looking to the bright side of life and yes still with his endearing stutter. As the Great Orm has just posted on the bowls web site, he lived life simply and never complained that he had not been given a more favourable poker hand in life.


With his father Trevor now confined to a local Nursing Home, "Gav's" only sibling, his sister Sheila has been the "one” to stand by him and look after him during his time of need over the last few years. Nurse Debra last saw him last year on the local bus, carrying his portable oxygen cylinder going to visit her in her home in Llanfaes, where I am sure she gave him a loving welcome and a meal before seeing him off again on his way. So from your old bowling friend and doubles partner ( see previous FB post ), it is time for me to say farewell and hope that wherever you are now "Gav" that you can rest in peace. 47 was an age far too young for you to leave us. Am sure that in the future when. I, Clogs, Harris, Begs, Thommo, Mike, Derek, Andrew, Hefin and a few more of your bowling mates gather for a pint or two we will be recounting a few of our favourite "Gav" stories in your memory”

Gavin’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 6th January 2016 at the St Nicholas and St Mary's Church in Beaumaris at 10.30am. The funeral service will be followed by his internment (family only) at the Beaumaris Cemetery.

The family will be providing refreshments for all the mourners after the internment at the Bulkeley Arms Hotel in Beaumaris, where his father Trevor ( if able to attend ), his wonderful sister Sheila and the rest of the family would like to share their great loss with you allThe family will be providing memories for all of the mourners after the internment at the Bulkeley Hotel, Beaumaris. His wonderful sister and family would like to share their great loss with you all.

The family will be providing refreshments for all the mourners after the internment at the Bulkeley Arms Hotel in Beaumaris, where his father Trevor ( if able to attend ), his wonderful sister Sheila and the rest of the family would like to share their great loss with you all RIP Gavin


The family will be providing refreshments for all the mourners after the internment at the Bulkeley Arms Hotel in Beaumaris, where his father Trevor ( if able to attend ), his wonderful sister Sheila and the rest of the family would like to share their great loss with you allThe family will be providing refreshments for all the mourners after the internment at the Bulkeley Arms Hotel in Beaumaris, where his father Trevor ( if able to attend ), his wonderful sister Sheila and the rest of the family would like to share their great loss with you all

The family will be providing refreshments for all the mourners after the internment at the Bulkeley Arms Hotel in Beaumaris, where his father Trevor ( if able to attend ), his wonderful sister Sheila and the rest of the family would like to share their great loss with you all

The family will be providing refreshments for all the mourners after the internment at the Bulkeley Arms Hotel in Beaumaris, where his father Trevor ( if able to attend ), his wonderful sister Sheila and the rest of the family would like to share their great loss with you all.

 

 

 

 

 

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