Friday 15th March – The Late Mr Tom Jenkins
Farmed New Barn Goytrey for nearly 50 years
By the death of Mr Tom Jenkins in his 80th year there has passed out of the life and business of Goytrey and districts one of it’s most respected and best loved inhabitant.
He had farmed New Barn Farm for 50 years and was widely known in Pontypool and Abergavenny markets and fairs.
A keen judge of stock, especially in the days when horses were a farmers most valuable asset, he owned and traded in some splendid animals, but he will always be remembered by those of his day and generation for his many excellent qualities of mind and heart. His neighbourliness and his buoyant optimism and witty conversation acted as a stimulating tonic to those who came in contact with him.
He was a member of Goytrey Parish Council for more than 20 years. About 5 years ago he relinquished farming and retired to a bungalow at Goytrey, but he was active until a few months ago.
The internment took place on Tuesday at St Peter’s Church Goytrey and was attended by many neighbours and friends.
He leaves a widow and grown up family of two daughters and one son.
The bearers were six cousins, the Jenkins family of Pentwyn Farm, Mamhilad.
Wreaths were sent by: His loving wife, children and grandchildren; Willie and Sarah; Will, Gladys and Stan; Will, Sarah and family, Griffithstown; Vera and Dal; Polly, Walter, Arthur and Mary; All at Mynachdy; Mrs E Jones, Lily and Arthur; Parish Council, Goytrey; Mr & Mrs Whitney and family; Mr & Mrs Arnold, New Barn Farm; Mr Nichols, Ty Cooke and family; All at Lan Farm; Mr & Mrs Howells, Brook Farm; Mr & Mrs Shepherdson, Monkswood; Mr S J Walton, Mamhilad; Mr & Mrs J Brookes, Crewe; Mr Jackson, Jack, Sheila and Ethel Case.
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