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Death of Morfydd Childs

Monday 30 November, 2020

Tributes have been paid to one of the familiar faces of banding in Wales and the North of England following the death of Morfydd Myfanwy Childs.

Widow of late conductor and euphonium player, John Childs, her passing leaves behind her four children, Sandra, Robert, Nicholas and Melanie; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and great-great granddaughter. She died peacefully at the age of 88 in Doncaster Royal Infirmary following a respiratory illness.

Born in Tredegar, South Wales, Morfydd later moved to the North of England and settled near Doncaster, living for the last 30 years with her daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Stewart Kennedy.

Morfydd was much loved and respected within the brass band movement. She adored watching her children, their partners and her grandchildren perform and was always the proudest member of the audience. Morfydd was a firm fixture at local and national contests, often staying in the hall to hear every band perform. She became such an aficionado that her predictions were usually not far off the mark – although she was such a devotee to her family that she always had them in the top spots.

Morfydd also enjoyed attending the International Brass Band Summer School in Swansea where she was held in tremendous esteem. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral details will be announced in due course.