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WALES: Farmer who was 'always smiling' dies at age of 34; 700 turn out to say farewell to young dad.

Byline: By CARL BUTLER

A YOUNG farmer lost his battle with cancer less than three years after the disease claimed his mother's life.

More than 700 people turned out to pay their last respects to 34-year-old dad-of-two Nick Pritchard who died last Tuesday.

His sister Heidi Williams last night paid tribute to her "handsome, smiling brother".

She said: "He was a very, very popular lad borne out by the fact that more than 700 attended his funeral. He was kind and always smiling - people always remembered him for that."

Farmers' Union of Wales county executive officer Heidi added: "He was a lovely lad and it was a tribute to him that so many people turned out on Saturday."

About 500 people packed Bodwrog Chapel with more than 200 outside.

Nicholas Vaughan Pritchard was one of four children born to Ned and Vicky Pritchard, of Rhandir Farm, Gwalchmai, Anglesey.

As well as Heidi he has a sister Sian and brother Wayne.

Nick went to school in Bodedern and was a Welsh schoolboy boxing champion - following in the footsteps of dad Ned who was also an ex-boxer.

After leaving school, he started working on his father's dairy farm.

And about two years ago he took on his own smallholding near Llanner-chymedd where he lived with wife Alwen - also from a farming family - and their two children Dylan, four, and two-year-old Elliw.

Heidi said the family lost their mother to cancer in July 2004 at the age of 60.

Before she died Nick promised her he would win at the Anglesey Show - a promise he was to keep.

As a novice exhibitor Nick, who established a 20-head Beltex flock at his father's farm in 2003, was goaded into breeding Beltexes - the feature breed at the 2004 Anglesey show - by his friend and fellow exhibitor Gareth Rowlands who had been involved with the breed for eight years.

"Nick won the Supreme Group Champion and kept his promise to mum," said Heidi.

In May 2005, Nick found a small mole on his leg. After treatment and being given the all-clear it returned.

In September the malignant melanoma was diagnosed as terminal.

Heidi said the treatment he received at Christie Hospital, in Manchester, was "brilliant".

Nick, who loved fishing and his dogs, was laid to rest next to his mother.

carlbutler@dailypost.co.uk

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Date:May 15, 2007
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