He left the mines in 1927 to become caretaker of Ammanford county school , where he influenced a number of the school's literary-minded pupils. He was responisble for the Welsh column in The Amman Valley Chronicle for many years, and contributed much to it on local matters. He also wrote the column ‘ O gwm i gwm ’ for Y Cymro for some years. He was elected a deacon of Gellimanwydd Congl. church , and published a tribute to his old minister ( Rev. Isaac Cynwyd Evans ) under the title Gweinidog fy ieuenctid ( 1945 ). He broadcast many times and took a leading role in the film David , a portrayal of his life. His poetical works — pryddestau , songs, sonnets and hymns — were published in Caneuon Amanwy in 1956 , and were edited by the author of this note. Some of his hymns were published in Y Caniedydd ( 1960 ). He m. twice: (1) Margaret Morgan of Penygroes ; and (2) Mary Davies of Crwys , near Swansea . The son of the first marriage was Gwilym , who had set his mind on taking holy orders in the Church in Wales but d. before realising his hopes. His father took him to South Africa in 1929 but he did not recover his health. Amanwy and his second wife had two daughters. He d. 17 Dec. 1953 in Middlesex Hospital , London , and was buried in Gellimanwydd cemetery , Ammanford . He was an excellent example of the culture of the folk of the anthracite district of Carms, in the first half of the 20th c.
Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe
Published date: 2001