A Phorthmon ers i mi cael fy ngheni (A ‘Bawddwr’ chic and a Drover since birth)
It is with huge sadness that we heard of the passing of a Bryan Weaver. Our deepest condolences are extended to Eileen his wife and their two sons Tim and Michael and all the family.
Bryan was a wonderful man and a true Drover. As his e mail signature strapline clearly portrayed, Bryan was a “Cyw Bawddwr a Phorthmon ers i mi cael fy ngeni” Having been born and raised in the centre of the town of Llandovery Bryan left his beloved Wales to pursue a teaching career ‘the other side of the bridge’ before becoming HM Inspector of schools up until his retirement some years ago.
Without question Bryan’s huge contribution to Llandovery RFC will continue to live on into the future through the Llandovery RFC website that he single-handedly initiated and developed for over more than 20 years. As the Club’s website co-ordinator during this period of time he has uniquely captured and recorded the most significant period of success and achievement in the Clubs long history.
At that time when most of us were still computer illiterate Bryan had the skill, aptitude and most importantly the desire and enthusiasm to volunteer to undertake a role on behalf of the Club that he cared so passionately for. He had the foresight to acknowledge that the creation of a Club website was a necessary and beneficial tool which would help to promote and enhance the Club’s profile and history across Wales and the world-wide rugby community.
Thanks entirely to Bryan’s efforts Llandovery RFC were probably one of the first if not the very first rugby Club website to be established in Wales, since which time it has also become recognised as being one of the very best. In recent years Bryan helped instigate another first in Wales for the Club, following the introduction of the ‘Oral History’ project which resulted in capturing the stories, memories and experiences of many Drovers stalwarts over the decades, providing a unique insight for posterity into how things were ‘in those days’.
In recent years with the advent and growth of social media Bryan became busier than ever on match days providing vital score updates on ‘Twitter’. Even more remarkable was this achievement when you consider the fact that Bryan would be relaying all this information while continuing to live in London! However he would of course ensure that he would never fail to arrange regular weekend trips throughout the season travelling down with Eileen to support his beloved Drovers at Church Bank. So much so that when he was invited to become a Director of the Club several years ago. He would travel down especially early to attend Thursday evening Board Meetings for an even longer weekend!
In 2013/14 Bryan was deservedly presented with the ‘Outstanding Services to Llandovery RFC’ award in recognition of his unstinting voluntary commitment and endeavour on behalf of the Club.
Bryan, we will all miss your fun loving, friendly welcoming smile and most of all your company.
Cysgan’n dawel ffrind, Cyw Bawddwr a Phorthmon trwy dy fywyd oll.
Details of Bryan's funeral will be posted on the website once arrangements have been finalised.
Above is a picture of Bryan collecting his Outstanding Services to the Club award from Josh Lewsey for the season 13/14