Eirion (Eric) Lloyd Treharne, FICS
Died – 13.7.2018
Alan Morris reflects on the full life of his former Manager.
Eirion (Eric) Lloyd Treharne was born in Pontyberem in 1929 and grew up in Cwmawr in West Wales and naturally, retained his native Welsh with English becoming his second language. Initially, he attended Dryfach Junior School, but went on to the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Carmarthen.
On reaching 18 he was called up for National Service with the RAF, where he was trained as an Airframe Fitter. He often mentioned the fact that he had to sign-off as responsible for the aircraft safety and fitness for flight. This attention to detail, professionalism and responsibility stood him in good stead throughout his career and life.
On leaving the RAF, at the age of 21 he joined Monsanto Chemicals in Newport in the laboratories, but after 1 year, he had a career change and joined Bethell, Gwyn & Co. Ltd in Newport, part then of the P&O Group of companies, which at that time, were Liner Agents engaged in the Liner Trades to Australia and New Zealand. He remained with the company for 39 years culminating in his appointment as the Manager of the Newport and Cardiff offices early in the mid-eighties.
Eric met his wife, Joyce in 1954, at a dance at the Royal Gwent Hospital, where she was nurse and 8 months later they were married. Their son Kevin being born 6 year later followed by David 2 years after.
Eric was always very proud of his qualification and his Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers which he served locally, as the Branch Chairman of both the Newport Section and the South Wales Branch. He also served on a number of the Branches’ outside committees including the South East Wales Pilotage Committee and became a Newport Harbour Commissioner, representing the Shipowners.
Eric was also renowned for his calligraphy skills with many recipients of their Institute certificates having their names completed therein, in Eric’s fair hand.
He was also Past President of the Newport and Gwent Chamber of Commerce.
Privately, Eric lived in Cwmbran for 35 years where he became the Financial Treasurer of the Sub Aqua Club and the Rugby Club in Cwmbran. On retirement, he started a new life in Canada to be near to their family with Eric and Joyce becoming proud citizens of Canada in 1995. In Canada he became the President of the South Pickering Seniors Club. During the course of their time in Canada both Eric and Joyce continued their enjoyment of travelling by visiting extensively in both Canada and the USA from the home near Toronto.
Throughout his life Eric could not forget his Welsh roots by becoming an enthusiastic Love Spoon Carver, very much a Welsh craft & tradition. They both moved back to Fishguard in 2010, to settle back in their homeland.
He is survived by his wife Joyce, his sons Kevin and David together with 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild of which, he was very proud.