December 11th 1923 – Mr D Pritchard
Of Goytre House A Long and Useful Life
The death occurred at Goytre House near Pontypool of Mr David Francis Pritchard JP managing director of Messrs D F Pritchard Ltd., Western Valleys Brewery, Crumlin.
The deceased gentleman was the son of Mr & Mrs Edward Pritchard and was born at Llanfeigan, Brecknockshire [41/2 miles south east of Brecon] on August 17th 1848.
On June 22nd 1880 he married May Durant Gibbins who preceded him by 13 years. His heir is Mr Richard Pritchard MFH of Peterstone Court Ross.
As a young man Mr Pritchard settled in the Rhymney Valley and became a representative and subsequently manager of the Rhymney Brewery Company and while there he was a member of the Urban District Council and of the Bedwelty Board of Guardians, its first and only chairman, and his death marks the passing of probably the last of its founders.
Mr Pritchard moved to Crumlin Hall in 1899 and started the Crumlin Brewery business which in 1905 became a Limited Company. In 1912 Mr Pritchard moved to Goytre House and the opportunity was taken on the part of the inhabitants of Crumlin and of the Crumlin RFC [of which he was President up to the time of his death] to present him with a life sized portrait of himself on horseback and with an illuminated address testifying to his philanthropic work in the district.
The deceased gentleman was a freemason, a conservative and a gentleman and invariably presided at political meeting held at Crumlin under the auspices of the Conservative Association during electoral campaigns.
Until ten years ago he was a keen follower of the Gelligare hounds and was fond of shooting.
Some years ago he purchased the Monkswood Estate near Usk which he subsequently sold to Mr C H Bailey of Newport.
Wherever he resided he identified himself with the most social recreative, religious and philanthropic organisations of the district. He was a keen supporter and subscriber to the Royal Gwent Hospital and other similar institutions in the County.
The funeral will take place at Myniddislwyn Church tomorrow, [Wednesday]
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