Friends mourn the passing of prominent Porthcawl campaigner …

Thursday, 8 March 2018

– Local People

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The death was announced recently of Mr Desmond F Rees, the president of the Porthcawl Shout older persons’ forum.

This tribute has been supplied by his fellow Shout member, Mr Clive Mort.

It was with great sadness that Porthcawl received the sad news that one of its most resolute champions had passed away at the age of 90. Such was his presence that one could be excused for believing Des Rees would go on forever.

He was a much respected member of the Special Air Service (SAS) having served in Malaya in the days when terrorism was at its peak and until very recently, he still attended special events at their Hereford Headquarters.

He served his Amalgamated Engineering Union faithfully for many years, always fighting the cause of justice for his fellow workers at the Port Talbot Steel Works.

He loved Porthcawl and in retirement devote his time and energy to promoting and campaigning for the welfare of Porthcawl and its residents.

He helped establish and became the first chairman of Porthcawl Shout Forum in 2004 and was honoured to become its first president in 2015.

His knowledge of local politics was much sought after and he strongly believed in the forum’s slogan ‘Together we can made a difference’.

He worked hard to hold our local authority accountable for any decisions which he felt adversely affected the people of Porthcawl.

He was foremost in campaigning for a swimming pool and leisure centre to be included in the Regeneration Plan, commemorating the centenary of WW1 with poppy roundabouts, the refurbishment of Station Hill and the Underpass to name just a few projects.

There are many people in Porthcawl saddened at his passing and none more than those of the Fulgoni family, staff and regular customers who will miss his daily visits to what he always described as their “very special café”.

Characters like Des are rare and hard to replace and Porthcawl Shout Forum will continue to follow his example in seeking to question decisions that impact on residents’ lives, and to make sure the town of Porthcawl receives the attention it deserves.

His funeral will take place at Trinity Church, Porthcawl at 10.30am on Wednesday, March 14, followed by a Cremation Service at Margam Crematorium at 11.30am.

Clive Mort

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