North West Wales

Reverend Morris Jones Morris dies after Dolgellau crash

Reverend Morris Jones Morris
Image caption Reverend Morris preached on the Lleyn Peninsula

A retired minister was killed in a road crash as he returned home from a preaching appointment, his family says.

Reverend Morris Jones Morris, 87, from Machynlleth, died when his Peugeot 207 collided with a lorry on Sunday.

The Presbyterian Church of Wales said his death was another blow to the town after the disappearance of April Jones, five.

Emergency services were called to the A470 in Dolgellau, at its junction with the A494, at about 20:30 BST.

North Wales Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 101, or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

In a statement released through police, his family said he ministered to congregations on the Lleyn Peninsula and Dyffryn Banw before he retired.

He moved back to Machynlleth, Powys, 11 years ago after his wife Ellen died.

He lived on the Bryn-y-Gog estate, where missing April Jones is from, and had a pink ribbon tied to his car.

Rev Morris had been returning home from a preaching engagement in Rhyl.

Reverend Dafydd Andrew Jones, moderator of the Presbyterian Church, said it was very sad to lose one of its dearest ministers.

Rev Morris, who had nine children, was brought up on a farm in Pantperthog near Machynlleth.

Two of his sons followed him into the ministry: Meirion is general secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Wales and Morris is minister of the church's largest pastorate in the Ruthin area.

Rev Meirion Morris said: "My father was a cultured man who preached until the very end. He had 30 grandchildren who were always delighted to be in his company. We loved his rustic, laid-back nature and his old-fashioned cool.

"Every loss is a terrible blow to any family, but there is a difference between losing someone who is 87 and someone who is five.

"My father knew April - he knew all the children on the estate - and went to Rhyl yesterday with a pink ribbon tied to the car."

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