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Daily Post: Nov 14th 2005

Tragedy of man who just loved to cycle


THE family of a cyclist who died after a road crash, last night paid tribute to their "popular" son and brother. John Anthony Jones, 40, from Llanfair Talhaiarn in Conwy County, died at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan.

    He was earlier involved in an accident with a Nissan Micra car on the Abergele to Llanddulas A547 road near Gwrych Castle. Yesterday bouquets of flowers marked the spot where the accident happened on the notorious stretch of road at 11.45 am on Friday. John, also known as "Jitz", suffered serious head injuries. The road around Middle Gate was closed by police while they carried out investigations.

    The Liverpool FC fan and keen biker was riding his red mountain bike on his way to Colwyn Bay when the smash happened. John had only recently left the home of his parents John, 73, and Rita, 66, and moved into his own cottage in the village. Yesterday, his brothers, Malcolm, 46, Robert, 36, and sister Zena, 33, were consoling the pensioners at their Llanfair Talhaiarn council home.

    Zena said: "He was really enjoying cycling. He would cycle to Rhyl, Colwyn Bay or to Llansannan to see his friends." John, a former pupil at Ysgol Talhaiarn and Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, Abergele, was unemployed. His previous jobs included working as a labourer, building sheds, helping out on farms as well as working in a sewing factory and as a porter in a hotel in Ireland.

    A former heavy metal fan who enjoyed going to concerts with friends, he also liked punk music including the Clash, Sex Pistols and the Cure. Zena said: "He also liked to listen to classical music to chill out." Mr Jones said: "He didn't drive. He used to go and see the bands by going on the train with his friends from the village. John's brothers said: "The last three months he'd had this bike. He had been cycling between 30-40 miles each day. It was nothing for him to go to Colwyn Bay and then to Rhyl along the cycle track. And then he'd come home, get changed and go to Llansannan to see his friends.".

    Police appealed for witnesses to the accident to contact them. John's funeral will be held on Friday at 11 am at St Mary's Church, Llanfair Talhaiarn.