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Academic dies on mountain walk
Dr Dafydd Arthur Jones
Dr Dafydd Arthur Jones is believed to have suffered heart failure
Tributes have been paid to a popular academic who died while out walking in Snowdonia.

Dr Dafydd Arthur Jones, 48, worked in the lifelong learning department at the University of Wales, Bangor.

Rescue teams found Dr Jones' body on mountainside near Dolgarrog in the Conwy Valley on Sunday after he had been reported missing.

Rev Eric Jones said: "He was an exceptional friend, happy and so talented."

His work was exceptionally thorough, he had a natural gift as an editor
John Gwilym Jones, Y Goriad

"He had a talent for writing and had scripted two pieces for the chapel on the lives of Evan Roberts and Ann Griffith which were great successes.

"His death has stunned us all. He used to walk regularly every Saturday, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone, unfortunately he was alone on Saturday and suffered some kind of heart failure.

"His mother, Noreen expected him back at five and a friend expected him at 6.30 but he never came home - the loss is just so great," said Rev Jones.

Dr Jones won the drama medal at the eisteddfod in Newport in1988 with a series of three one act dramas on the subject Amser (Time).

He previously worked at Coleg Menai and was also a senior lecturer in history at Trinity College, Carmarthen.

For many years he also gave his time as a regular editor on the Bangor area local newspaper Y Goriad.

"His work was exceptionally thorough, he had a natural gift as an editor," said John Gwilym Jones, from Y Goriad.


Meri Huws, pro-vice chancellor at the University of Wales, Bangor said Dr Jones had been a valued member of the Reaching Wider project team in north Wales.

"Reaching Wider is a project which works with young people who have the ability to study at university level - but for numerous reasons would not have considered this a possibility," said Ms Huws.

"Dafydd truly believed that the project could and would make a difference to young people in Wales.

"It is difficult to describe what Dafydd's loss means to the project and to us his friends and colleagues.

"He was both serious and had a wonderful deep sense of humour. He was the voice of reason and yet led on many of the most adventurous projects within Reaching Wider.

"His plans for the future were many and the team are determined that his vision will not be lost," Ms Huws added.

Dr Jones' funeral will be held on Friday at Berea Newydd chapel Bangor at 11.00 GMT.

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