We were saddened to hear of the death of Keith Davies who was one of the area's most enthusiastic Welshmen for decades. He spent his early days in Solva and Fishguard before studying at Trinity College. It was there that he met Margaret who became his beloved wife. After a period in Hawthorn he settled in Tonteg and got a job at Ysgol Bryn Celynnog. They had three children, Elin, Rhys and Owain.
One of Keith's great interests was singing and performing. He was a member and lead vocalist of the groups Traddodiad and Ffaro, and the pinnacle of his compositions and performances was the song, 'Twrch Trwyth'.
Keith was a very active member of his community and was elected Plaid Cymru Councilor on Taff Ely Borough Council (1991 - 1996) and Llantwit Fardre Community Council (1986 - 2000), where he proved himself to be a very popular representative. 1991 was the first time that Plaid Cymru had controlled a Borough Council in the Taff Ely / Pontypridd area and Keith played a major part in that administration when he was elected Chair of the council's economic development committee.
One of Keith's most important campaigns was the idea of a centre to promote the Welsh Language and Culture in Pontypridd. He played an instrumental part in setting up Clwb y Bont, providing much of the energy needed that went into making the early days a success, working tirelessly with Margaret to promote the cause in the area. It was a huge loss when Margaret passed away in 1998.
In his later years, he lived in Whitchurch and was fortunate to meet his partner, Sandra. We send our sincere condolences to Elin, Rhys, Owain and Sandra. Keith will be greatly missed in Pontypridd and fondly remembered as a proud and dedicated Welshman.