Wyn Daniel: a hugely popular figure in the village

Wales and rugby were two main strands running through the DNA of Wyn Daniel, a well-known local rugby player and popular teacher, who died suddenly aged 65.

Born in Cardigan. Wyn spent most of his early life on his parents’ small farm in Pembrokeshire. He was always involved in sport, but his passion was rugby, and he gained a County schoolboys cap in Pembroke and competed at national level in the shot put.

Studying as a teacher in Cardiff, he met his future wife, Carolyn, also a student there, and they married in 1974.

They moved to Weston-super-Mare, and Wyn took up a post as a P.E. teacher at Nailsea School where he eventually became head of P.E. He remained until he retired in 2010

While in Weston. he played for the rugby club there, but, when the family moved to Yatton in 1977, he joined Yatton Rugby Club, and was captain for three seasons.

He was an inspiration to many of his students and encouraged them and staff to join Yatton Rugby Club

One of his ambitions was to play rugby with his two sons, and this was achieved when they both joined the club.

The family moved to Congresbury in 1982, originally living in Verlands, and subsequently in Mill Leg.

Although continuing a lifelong interest in rugby, when he was 50 Wyn stopped playing and took up golf, joining Mendip Spring Golf Club and playing for the seniors.

Wyn regularly met friends in the Plough Inn for a Friday night drink and, as he enjoyed cycling, many of them formed a group who undertook three cycling challenges, from Bodmin, Paris, and Fishguard to The Plough.

One of his other hobbies, which involved the whole family, was camping in a trailer tent, and every year long holidays were spent in France in the summer.

Later, he and his wife went further afield, enjoying trips to South Africa and New Zealand, and had planned a visit to China.

Wyn leaves a widow, Carolyn, and three children – Robert (39), who lives in Brislington, Richard (37), who lives in Wickwar and is a P.E. teacher, and Jenny (34), who lives in Windsor, – and six grandchildren.

In memory of Wyn, there was a minute’s silence before the rugby games in Weston, Yatton and Bishopston, where Robert plays.

St. Andrew’s church, Congresbury was filled to overflowing for the funeral on February 8, which was conducted by the vicar of Congresbury, the Rev. Matthew Thomson. Many personal tributes and affectionate reminiscence were given, and former students and rugby players carried the coffin. “Wyn, a real gentleman. He was kind, good humoured and will be greatly missed.”

Marion Johnson