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Farewell cartoon at Gren funeral
Gren: (pic: South Wales Echo)
Gren drew for the South Wales Echo for more than 30 years
Stars from the rugby and entertainment world were among hundreds of mourners at the funeral of the cartoonist Gren at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.

Rugby stars Barry John, Mervyn Davies and Gerald Davies paid tribute to the man whose work featured in the South Wales Echo for more than 30 years.

Grenfell 'Gren' Jones depicted south Wales valleys life, centred on the fictional village of Aberflyarff.

Seats in the cathedral each had a Gren cartoon covered in his trademark sheep.

The image bore just one line, the caption, Gren 1934-2007. Gren died aged 72 nearly two weeks ago.

At the service, his son, Darrell, read a poem that he had written for his father, saying: "Our dad was a fantastic dad, a kind, considerate, private man".

My last memory of Gren was him singing out of tune, which is criminal for a Welshman, but he used to do it deliberately and it made me laugh so much
Cartoonist Bill Tidy

In another tribute, Mike McGran, a friend for 40 years, spoke of his charity work and his love of sailing and travel.

He said Gren was also a serious artist and journalist, one of only 40 in the Journalists' Hall of Fame.

Gren was voted best provincial cartoonist in Britain four times during the 1980s and was made an MBE for services to newspapers in 1989.

Originally from Hengoed, Rymney Valley, Gren's humour concentrated on traditional valleys life in south Wales.

Funeral service for cartoonist Gren
Gren's funeral service was held at Llandaff Cathedral

Wales rugby legend Barry John said: "He was as synonymous in Welsh rugby as Gareth or Gerald and in fact that's what he did - he put our Christian names on the map.

"He was a special talent, a brilliant man and I've absolutely thrilled to have known him."

Fellow cartoonist Bill Tidy has described his friend as having his "finger on the pulse of Wales".

After the service he added: "Yes, I hated him because he was so good.

"My last memory of Gren was him singing out of tune, which is criminal for a Welshman, but he used to do it deliberately and it made me laugh so much.

"He was great guy and I'm privileged to be here and pay my respects."

Comedian Stan Stennett had known Gren for many years. He said: "We have sort of grown up in the humour business. Gren does it by hand and I do it verbally.

"It was a sad day today but a lot of his great friends here today and that itself makes you feel good."


SEE ALSO
In pictures: Gren cartoons
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Pay your tributes to Gren
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