Warm tributes have been paid this week following the death of the popular former trade unionist, Pembrokeshire Lottery founder and county councillor Danny Fellows OBE.
Mr Fellows died at home in Milford Haven on Monday surrounded by his family at the age of 71.
The former district secretary of the TGWU, Mr Fellows was known throughout Pembrokeshire.
His close friend, Preseli MP Stephen Crabb led the tributes.
Mr Crabb told the Western Telegraph: “Danny was not only a dear friend who knew me since I was a boy but a fantastic champion for our county. Throughout his years as a trade unionist, Labour Party activist and latterly an independent councillor, his overriding interest and priority was the wellbeing of Pembrokeshire, in particular seeing new jobs created for our young people.
“In founding the Pembrokeshire Lottery, Danny provided a life-line to small businesses at a very difficult time, helping to fuel economic growth and provide security for countless families in our community. Danny had a massive heart and a huge vision for our County and the Pembrokeshire Lottery is just one small part of the legacy he leaves behind.
“Over the last eight years as local MP I sought his advice on a great many occasions and I always found his guidance to be both wise and practical. Danny was an inspirational mentor to me and so many others and I know that his loss will be felt deeply across the County. Pembrokeshire has lost one its finest servants and my thoughts and prayers are with Christine and the family at this time.”
Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Jamie Adams, added: “Danny was a key figure in the economic life of Pembrokeshire for many years and he will be sadly missed.
“We should recognise his contribution to the County firstly as a leading trades union official and more latterly as an elected member of Pembrokeshire County Council which he served with distinction.
“I have always believed that part of Danny’s appeal was that he was a man of reason, who could see both sides of an argument. This meant he was never entrenched in his views and this, in turn, gave him the ability to mediate and find common ground in conflict.
“In short he was a man you could do business with. This was an essential part of his make-up and served him well over the years.
“My sympathy goes to his family in their sad loss.”
Mr Fellows’ funeral will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 1.30pm at Christ Church, Priory Road, Milford Haven. All enquiries to Tom Newing & Sons Ltd, 01646 693180.