A tribute has been paid by the family of businessman Arwel Davies, aged 40, from Llanwrda, who died following a collision on the A40 near Llandeilo on Thursday, 8 July.
In a statement the family said:
“No words can describe the impact Arwel had on the lives of many, especially his adored wife Laura, his beautiful children Owen and Sofia, his proud father Eirian and his devoted brother and sister Ioan and Catrin. Our lives will never be the same following Arwel’s tragic passing, however we can hold on to the special and fond memories that Arwel has left us with, his infectious smile, his sparkling blue eyes, and his attitude to live life to the full. It has truly been a comfort to his family and friends the support received from our local community, the rugby community and the hot air balloon family we had become, since we lost Arwel. He would be truly humbled by everybody’s kind words.
“Arwel was a successful businessman having been taken under the wing of the loyal staff of Adeilad Cladding over 20 years ago to allow Arwel to develop the business that his father had successfully started over 40 years ago. His staff over the years have provided so much encouragement, supporting his vision for the future of the family business. They have been a tremendous support through these tragic days since Arwel’s passing, running the business as Arwel would.
“Arwel was a keen sportsman and is well-known in our local rugby club, Llandovery RFC, as a loyal player and supporter. He began as a youth player, before moving on to senior rugby at the club, playing a season for the 1st XV team, however, he will always remain at the heart of the 2nd XV team where he spent year upon year playing rugby, and to this day continued to play, with the words “one more year” continue to echo in our home. Not only did Arwel continue to play rugby, he had also taken on the role of a “Junior Drovers” coach and was currently coaching the Under 9s team where Owen played.
“Arwel also followed in the footsteps of his father flying a hot air balloon across the Towy Valley, a beautiful sight to see on a cold frosty morning or a summer’s evening. Arwel provided many family members, friends and customers with the opportunity of a flight of a lifetime!
Arwel achieved so much in his 40 years, we are all so incredibly proud of him.
Heaven has gained a true gentleman.”