Hundreds of mourners packed Stanwell Road Baptist Church at mid-day today for the funeral of the President of the Old Penarthians Rugby Football Club Roy Churchill.
Mr Churchill – who was 81 – died on Wednesday January 11th at his home following a short illness .
So many attended the funeral that the Baptist Church was packed with very many mourners having to stand. A number had to wait outside in the rain – but were determined to pay tribute in person to a much respected local figure .
The funeral was followed by a crematorium service at Cardiff and Glamorgan Memorial Park, Barry and finally with a wake at the Old Penarthians RFC clubhouse.
Mr Churchill had been a member of the Old Pens for over 60 years and had played a pivotal role in developing the club to its current status .
He was a former player, 1st XV captain and honorary secretary – and was a well-known figure throughout the rugby community of South Wales – not least for his expert rugby commentaries.