South West Wales

Tribute as senior Carmarthenshire councillor dies

Carmarthenshire councillor Haydn Jones
Image caption Haydn Jones was awarded an MBE for services to agriculture in Wales in 1993

Tributes have been paid to a member of Carmarthenshire council's executive board who died suddenly at the weekend.

Haydn Jones, 72, had been a councillor for Newcastle Emlyn for six years.

A retired farmer, he was responsible for the council's technical services portfolio which included waste management, transport and street scene.

Council leader Meryl Gravell said: "He was one of the most genuine people I have ever met and one of the most committed to his work as a councillor."

She added: "Haydn's death was a terrible shock, and it leaves us all with a huge loss.

"All staff who knew and worked with Haydn are really upset at this tragic news. On behalf of them I would like to pay tribute to the dignity and warmth he brought to his role as a member, as a colleague and as a friend."

Married with two children and six grandchildren he was a member of many farming organisations in Wales.

In 1993, he was awarded an MBE for services to agriculture, while in 1997 he was awarded the fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies, and was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Dyfed in 2003.

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