It is always hard when one loses a close family member through bereavement. Denbigh & District Male Voice Choir has experienced those feelings. Since the sudden passing of our President, Gwyn Dryhurst-Dodd, on 15th May 2015.
Choir Shocked at Loss of President
Gwyn had only been with us at our A.G.M. three days before. His final words to us as he left were, ‘I’ll see you all at the Sankey Evening in St Thomas’ Church on Sunday evening.’
Unfortunately, that was not to be the case.
President part of choir family
Since its formation, the choir has always been more than just a choir. It has always been like a close family. We pride ourselves that we are like a part of a member’s family and have a strong welfare attitude.
We support each other in difficult times and through periods of ill health. Gwyn Dryhurst-Dodd was no exception. In Gwyn’s case, the family aspect of the choir was particularly important and special.
His mother, Phyllis Dryhurst-Dodd, M.B.E., was our first Musical Director and Conductor.
She loved male voice choral singing with a passion. Apart from her musical knowledge and ability, she also had a good sense of humour.
Gwyn shared that sense of humour and fun. It was part of his endearing quality.
On her passing the choir decided that if possible the Dryhurst-Dodd connection should continued.
In 2001, Gwyn became the choir Vice-President. After a few years he became Choir President.
He was proud and privileged to keep the family connection with the choir.
President Support and Loyalty
As Vice-President and President, Gwyn was a great supporter, promoter and advocate for the choir.
We were particularly pleased to have been able to support him at a conference in Southport in 2010. On the occasion when he became District Governor for Rotary in North Wales and the North West of England.
His unstinting loyalty, support and enthusiasm for the choir will be missed by us all.
Condolences to President Family
The choir members extend sincere condolences to Angela, Sian, Geraint and their families. We share your sense of loss and grief.
But we are also privileged to have known and worked with Gwyn for many years.
At his funeral there was a sombre gathering of choristers. Standing shoulder to shoulder to sing ‘Arwelfa’.
An apt epitaph on the Order of Service stated: