By Carl Llewellyn

It was with great sadness when I heard of the death of former chorister Glanville (Glan) Davies on Sunday 4th October 2015.He was 82 years of age.

Glan was born in 1933 at Tramroadside, Heolgerrig, where he lived with his parents and half brother Mostyn. At that time all the Tramroadside cottages were occupied by relations of Glan Davies. His father was Thomas Davies who belonged to an old Heolgerrig family and were founder members of Gellideg Chapel , Swansea Road whose descendants continued to be active members of the chapel before its demise.  

Glan’s occupation was a painter and decorator. One tale Glan told was when Mostyn, his half brother, and himself were given the task of painting the interior of Gellideg Chapel when it was a Welsh Congregational Chapel. They removed the organ pipes so they could decorate behind the organ and unknowingly when they replaced the organ pipes they were in the wrong positions. Hence when the organ was played the following Sunday there was an horrendous sound. Willie Morgan, one of the deacons, was furious and an organ tuner was sent for to solve the dilemma.

In his final working years Glan was employed at the Thorns lighting factory that once stood where B&Q’s outlet is located now. Glan’s wife Olwyn also worked for Thorns, up until they took early retirement. They had a contented marriage and enjoyed spending holidays in their caravan at Aberaeron and Newquay. Glan and Olwyn had a favourite breed of dog called the collie, also known as lassie dogs, and over the years they had a number of them. So much so, their love of the breed resulted in them obtaining numerous china lassie dogs. Glan also owned an extensive collection of cassette tapes and records of various male choirs, not just those of the Dowlais Male Choir. Over the years Glan and Olwyn lived at a number of addresses but their roots were finally settled at  No. 7 Tai-y-Efail, Pant, where Olwyn sadly passed away some years ago.

Glan’s love of male voice choirs stayed with him most of his life. He joined the Dowlais Male Choir in 1970 and became a valued member of the Baritone section, where he acted as registrar for a short period. He was meticulous with his music copies, and his sign writing skills made for beautifully penned headings to his music. Glan’s association with Dowlais Male Choir spanned nearly 45 years, however the latter few years he was unable to attend rehearsals, particularly in the evening due to eye sight difficulties.

Our condolences and thoughts are with Glan’s cousin Margaret, his half brother Mostyn and their families. 

I would like to end with a dedication to Glan Davies, from the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s The Musician’s Tale; The Saga of King Olaf, set to music by Nidarosby Daniel Protheroe, quoting the last eight lines:

“The dawn is not distant,
Nor is the night starless;
Love is eternal!
God is still God, and
His faith shall not fail us;
Christ is eternal!” 

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