H E Lloyd Jones 1943-2014
It is with great sorrow that we have to report that Lloyd Jones passed away in his sleep on Sunday the 9th of February aged just 70.
As the local builder Lloyd was a well known and respected member of the community. Lloyd had many loves in his life. These included Wales, Rugby, Pubs, Building and Benington. Lloyds father Bert came to Benington from Pembrokeshire in the 1930's. In due course he met and married Milly Pearman.
They had Sybil in 1938 and Lloyd in 1943 both of whom were born in the village. Bert worked for several employers in Benington. During the war he worked at Braceys (now Ernest Doe). He then went on to work on the famous de Havilland Mosquito. After the war Bert began a building business.
After secondary school in Hertford Lloyd began work as an apprentice plumber and could vividly recall being put on the very heavy job of thread cutting steel heating pipe using only hand tools. After his apprenticeship he began work with Bert. As the local builders Bert and Lloyd built many houses in Benington and worked at some point on most of the rest. Until recently both of their names were inscribed in the lead work on the Church tower roof.
Outside of work Lloyd was a keen Cricketer and keyboard player. But his main interest was Rugby. He was a talented full back and he played for Hertford. After retiring from the Hertford Rugby Club first team Lloyd remained fully immersed in HRFC activities. He was a passionate Welsh Rugby supporter and was well known for his regular trips to see Wales play. Often appearing some days later, slightly dishevelled, exultant or philosophical, depending on the Welsh performance.
Lloyd was also a dedicated supporter of Benington and gave freely of his time and resources. This could include repairs to the Methodist Chapel, pouring a base for a new bench or bus stop or helping with building advice. For the past II years he was chairman of the Parish Council and devoted much of his time to its smooth running.
But for many of us Lloyd wiIl be fondly remembered as a lover of life. His happy enjoyment of life's pleasures and keen sense of the ridiculous were an example to everyone. Being in his company was always an uplifting experience. Many of us will have enjoyed a few pints in Lloyds company. His easy, well informed conversation and enjoyable ability to become almost incapacitated with laughter will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts are with Sue, Sybil and the rest of Lloyds' family.