Mr T. Rees Garrett (Tom Cynon) 1865 – 1941

Mr T. Rees Garrett (Tom Cynon) 1865 - 1941

We deeply regret to chronicle the death of Mr T. Rees Garrett “Tom Cynon,” the oldest son of the late James and Margaret Garrett, Trecynon. He passed away yesterday, Wednesday at the age of 76.

Tom Cynon was well-known and popular figure locally. He worked at Glyn Neath Collieries, and resided at Abernant Terrace, Glynneath for many years.

He retired from the colliery a few years ago. He acted as local correspondent for the “Aberdare Leader,” for about twenty years, and was a bard of repute, also a tenor soloist. He won many prizes at Eisteddfodau, both as a bard and vocalist, and was a member of the Gorsedd. He leaves a widow and three children, one daughter and two sons, also a sister and brother.

The funeral takes places on Monday for Aberdare Cemetery, from 27 Broniestyn Terrace, Trecynon, where he died.

The Funeral

A large gathering of sympathisers attended the funeral of Mr T.R. Garrett “Tom Cynon” of Glynneath on Monday, which took place from the home of his sister Miss G.E. Garrett, Maesycoed, Broniestyn Terrace, Aberdare. Interment was made at Aberdare Cemetery, and blinds were drawn on route.

An impressive service was held at the house and was conducted by the Revs Clifford Pritchard, Addoldy, Glynneath, and W. Morse B.A. Trecynon. At the graveside a portion of the Scripture was read by the Rev Elvet Thomas, Siloh. The Rev C. Pritchard paid a gracious tribute to the deceased and a fervent prayer was offered by the Rev Hywel Williams, B.A. Capel-y-Glyn. The hymn “Mor ddedwydd yw y rhai trwy ffydd” was sung at the house and “Bydd myrdd o ryfeddodau” at the grave. Others ministers present were the Revs E.R, Dennis, Hen Dy Cwrdd, and Glyndwr Richards, B.D. Carmel (C.M.)


1st coach, Messrs William James Garrett, Merthyr; Samuel M. Garrett, Glyn Neath sons; Samuel M. Garrett, Trecynon, brother; T.M. Richards, A.C.P., schoolmaster, cousin; Edgar Hosgood, Llantwit Major, William Lindsay, Robertstown uncles; William Kent, cousin.

2nd coach: Messrs Tom Perrott, Llewellyn Davies, Hirwaun; Fred Kidner, Porth, cousins; Zachariah Lloyd, William Perkins, John Phillips, Glyn Neath, deacons, representing Addoldy.

3rd coach: Messrs John Thomas, Trecynon, James Jones, (senior deacon Ebenezer, Trecynon), Bert Vater, William Jones, Glyn Neath; T.J. Cole, Moses Cole, J. Mathews, Ystradfellte, friends.

4th coach: Messrs David Jones, Glyn Neath, Ernest Humphreys, Banwen, brothers-in-law: Reggie Humphreys, nephew.

Behind the hearse: Messrs Joseph R. Davies, Edward Evans, Treherbert; Rees Thomas, Hirwaun. Isaac Davies, M.E. Hirwaun; Morgan Morgan, Trecynon; Arthur Mort, Robertstown: E.R. Walters: William Davies Broniestyn, cousins.

Mourners at the house: Misses Mary Gwen Garrett, daughter: G.E. Garrett, sister: Mrs Rosina Garrett, daughter-in-law; Mrs M. R. Garrett, Mrs E. Humphreys, Banwen; David Jones, Glyn Neath, sister-in-law; Misses Minnie Gwendoline Garrett, Emmie Barker; Dorothy and Elma Richards, nieces; Mesdames T.M. Richards, Sarah Davies, Treherbert; Ann Hughes, Gwen Lamburn, M. Evans, Llwydcoed; Llewelyn Bowen, Banwen, cousins: Miss Bessie Davies, Broniestyn, friend.

Bearers: Messrs Richard Bryant; Samuel Weaver, James Williams (representing Addoldy, Glyn Neath), William Atkins (friend), W.H. Templeman (Leader Office), Richard Morgan (Ebenezer, Trecynon); W. Walters BSc, Broniestyn; W.W. Price, Brynhyfryd.

Floral tributes were received from Ei boff ferch Mary, Chwaer Gwen a Emmie Ei Blant, Willie, Samuel a Rosina: Ei Frawd Samuel a John Thomas; Uncle Edgar Hosgood, Llantwit Major; Tom, Alice, Dorothy and Elma; Sister-in-law Lizzie and Minnie; Margaret, Idwal and all at 44 Broniestyn Terrace; Staff Furnishing Dept. Co-op Society; Mr and Mrs William Atkins Glyn Neath; Mrs Thomas and family, Abernant, Fach Farm, Glyn Neath; Cor Addoldy, Glyn Nedd.

Others present were Coun. D. Arthur and Mr J. A. Hamer, Glyn Neath, Emlyn Thomas miners’ agent, Aberdare: Henry Lloyd (Ap Hefin), Arthur Davies, Rees James, W. Perkins, Rd Lewis, Henry Lewis, and William Jones, Glyn Neath: Martin Thomas and Tal Griffiths.

Deceased was a faithful member of Addoldy Glyn Neath United Choir and Glyn Neath Male Voice Party.

The funeral was personally supervised by his old friend Mr J. Zachariah, Aberdare.

Tom Cynon

Rhifwch ei lu llawryfon –o gonewest
Am geinciau alawon;
Deugant as ni ddwed Digon
Nes I dri sy’n fri I’w fron

Mae’n canu mwyn acenion- canu am
Canu heb wobrwyon
Canu’n y lleddf canu’n llon
Canu yw byd Tom Cynon
Ap Hefin