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Cemetery man nominated for prize
Lyndon Elsey
Mr Elsey says being nice to people is 'just doing his job'
A council worker whose kindness to bereaved families has prompted dozens to write and thank him has been nominated for a national award.

Lyndon Elsey, 35, works for the cemeteries service at Swansea council, which put him forward for the Local Government Association's employee of the year prize.

He is the only worker from a Welsh council to reach the UK finals.

Mr Elsey said he tried to treat every family as if they were his own.

The judging will take place at a ceremony in London this summer.

That resulted in so many letters, emails, comments from people grateful and very thankful for the way that he had dealt with them
Noel Evans
Swansea council

Mr Elsey said: "I'm so delighted and proud to be nominated on behalf of Swansea council.

"I do get a lot of job satisfaction from helping bereaved families and my priority is to treat every family as if they were my own family and that seems to get me the accolades

"To them it may seem thatI'm going the extra mile but to me I'm just doing my job."

One woman from Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire wrote a letter of commendation about Mr Elsey after he helped her find a long-lost family grave.

Glenda Smith had contacted the cemeteries and crematoria department where Mr Elsey works as assistant registrar to seek assistance in tracing her grandfather's grave.

Morriston Cemetery
Mr Elsey searched graveyards across Swansea to help one woman

She only knew he was buried in Swansea, but did not know where or when the burial had taken place.

Mr Elsey spent hours researching council and church records to trace the grave, which dated from 1935.

Mr Elsey's boss Noel Evans said: "This was a way of Swansea council giving Lyndon recognition for his continuous efforts to provide high standards of services to bereaved families.

"That resulted in so many letters, emails, comments from people grateful and very thankful for the way that he had dealt with them.

"[For Ms Smith], he went to see the grave for himself, tidied it, put flowers on it, took photographs of it [and sent them to her].

"When the lady decided to come to visit the grave, he met her at the M4 junction to lead her to the churchyard so she didn't get lost on the way."

He added: "I'm so proud that people feel the need to write in - it says a lot about him."

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