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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 June, 2004, 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
Candidate dies on election trail
Dafydd Parry-Jones
Elections in Mr Parry-Jones' ward have been postponed
Tributes have been paid to a council candidate who collapsed and died while canvassing for the local government elections.

Dafydd Parry-Jones, 74, had been leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Conwy County Council.

The council announced that elections for the Gower ward, in which he was standing, would be postponed until 22 July.

Mr Parry-Jones leaves a wife, Heulwen, and two children, Berwyn and Menna.

Originally from Betws yn Rhos, the politician moved to Llanrwst in 1953 where he served in the police force before becoming a quantity surveyor.

He represented the Gower ward on Conwy County Council, and had previously been a member of Gwynedd Council before the new unitary authorities were established.

A grandfather-of-three, he chaired the Llanrwst branch of Plaid Cymru.

Party leader Dafydd Iwan said he was deeply saddened by the news.

"Dafydd Parry-Jones has done an immense amount of work for Plaid Cymru, for his community and for Wales, and this is a great loss for all of us," he said.

"Not only was he a long-standing member of Plaid Cymru, and a councillor who worked tirelessly for all his constituents, but he was also a staunch supporter of freedom for Wales."

His election agent Gwawr Dafydd added : "Although he was a quiet man, Dafydd Parry-Jones was an inspiration to myself and many others. Over recent years he has encouraged younger candidates and helped them in their campaigning.

"His love of the Welsh language ran deep and he felt strongly that Welsh should be used in all aspects of life."

Derek Barker, chief executive of Conwy County Council, said :"He will be sadly missed by all those who had the pleasure of working with him."


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