SAIF remembers founding member

Gwilym Price

We are sad to report the death of Gwilym Price, a Fellow of SAIF (the highest award for services to Independents in SAIF). Past President Gemma O’Driscoll pays this tribute….

“Gwilym was a true gentleman and the epitome of the traditional funeral director and his loss has today been felt throughout the funeral director community in Wales and beyond. I have myself received messages of sorrow from all four corners of Britain.

To have met Gwilym is to have remembered him and I can say with absolute certainty that SAIF would not be what it is in Wales without Gwilym. He was a founding member, served as a member of the executive for many years and was a fellow, but beyond that he personally travelled the length and breadth of Wales knocking on doors and telling independent funeral directors about this ‘new’ trade association for Independents that he was a part of. A large number of our members in Wales today are members because of Gwilym.

For me, he was a mentor. From the moment he was aware that I had joined my grandfather in the funeral profession he took me under his wing, at a time when there were few female funeral directors in rural Wales. This culminated in him passing on the SAIF Wales baton when he nominated me to become a member of the SAIF Executive. Without Gwilym I would not have become a member of the SAIF executive or indeed become President of National SAIF in 2015, which I am proud to say he travelled to Windsor to see.

My thoughts today are with Gwilym’s wife Phyllis, daughters Angharad and Eleri, son Cerdyn, grandson Rhys and the rest of Gwilym’s family. Gorffwys mewn hedd.’’

See the next issue for SAIFInsight’s tribute to Gwilym

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