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


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 Noun 1. last respects - the act of expressing respect for someone who has died; "he paid his last respects by standing quietly at the graveside"
deference, respect - a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; "his deference to her wishes was very
 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 Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff.  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 smallholding

a piece of agricultural land smaller than a farm

smallholder n

Noun 1. smallholding - a piece of land under 50 acres that is sold or let to someone for cultivation
 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 Malignant Melanoma Definition

Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer arising from the melanocyte cells of the skin. Melanocytes are cells in the skin that produce a pigment called melanin.
 was diagnosed as terminal.

Heidi said the treatment he received at Christie Hospital The Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is located in Withington, Manchester, and is one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe.

The hospital is also an international leader in cancer research and development, and home to The Paterson Institute for Cancer
, in Manchester, was "brilliant".

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


Farmer Nick Pritchard died of a malignant melanoma
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Obituary
Date:May 15, 2007
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