On the very night that choristers of the Morriston Orpheus Choir had their first rehearsal under ne Musical Director designate Sian Pearce, they were given the sad news that one of the few remaining choristers who had sung under founder conductor Ivor Sims, bass Denzil Jones had passed away.
Denzil had been a member of the Choir for over 50 years, and although having been in poor health over the past two years, his passing was unexpected as he had been present at rehearsal the previous week, and only last Monday, contributed to an interview with Beti George for a BBC Radio Wales programme on the Choir's history. Denzil was a true Morristonian. He had lived in the town for the whole of his 79 years, apart from a period during the war in which he served in the parachute regiment.
His father was one of the founder members of the Morriston Orpheus Choir in 1935, and it was only natural that Denzil should also join on his return from active service. He possessed a fine bass voice, and his unforgettable rendering of "Alphonso Spagoli" was always a highlight of concert afterglows.
He was also a 'character' in the fullest meaning of the word. He loved to talk on every subject, from Choir politics to a philosophical discussion on the difference between a 'ship' and a 'boat'. He will be greatly missed, not only by the Choir, but by his host of friends in the town, and especially by his widow Mary and sons Alan, John, David and Clive.
The funeral service is on Tuesday 19th October at Morriston Crematorium at 2:30pm. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to ITU Morriston Hospital, c/o John Edwards Funeral Directors, 5 Cwmbath Road, Morriston, Swansea. Telephone (01792) 771232
Guests are invited to meet the family at the Red Lion Hotel, Morriston after the service.