Gareth Kimber will be missed
5:25pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
GARETH Kimber, affectionately called Garuff by many of the scores of young YMCA members whose life he helped enrich over more than four decades of part-time and voluntary service, died peacefully at Holm Towers in the early hours of Sunday, October 20.
Gareth was a retired Electricity Board outside electrician by trade, but as a qualified part-time youth worker he gave many hours of voluntary service to the community through his work at the YMCA where, over the years, he helped organise football, table tennis, junior youth clubs and outdoor pursuit activities. He also acted as a relief warden at the old Boys’ Village Centre at St Athan and, for a spell, was fixture secretary for the Barry and District Table Tennis League – being quite an accomplished player himself.
Among camping destinations that YMCA members were introduced to were the Wye Valley, Newport (Pembs) and St. Davids – all places at which he continued to spend long summer periods under canvas during his retirement.
Gareth, 75, was also well known among the congregation of St Marys Church in Holton Road where he had served until his illness made it impossible. He was also thruifer (the lighter and snuffer of the scores of church candles), served on the parochial church council and completed a number of terms as church warden - working quietly and selflessly behind the scenes. Father Ben Andrews said he was simply a tremendous person to have around, always prepared to help and utterly reliable.
He will be missed by many among the camping community in St Davids, the congregation at the church, his friends including those at the Castle Hotel and, most of all, his mother, brother and family.
His funeral takes place at St Marys Church, Holton Road at 10.45am on Friday, October 25.
Then burial at Barry cemetery at 12.15pm.