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Trevor Griffiths OBE

John Chope remembers Trevor who died on 19th February 2006

The Council was shocked to hear of the untimely death of Trevor Griffiths, elected dental member of the GDC for Wales from 1991 until his resignation due to ill health in 2004.

He was Deputy President of the GDC in 2000-2001 and a chairman of the Professional Conduct committee. He also chaired the Law and
Constitution committee at a crucial stage in the Council’s programme of constitutional reform.

Trevor had an insatiable desire to serve his community and not just in the dental world where he was a member of the Welsh Dental Committee for 22 years and chairman for five. He was a tireless contributor to a multitude of dental representative bodies and working groups and a prominent and respected figure throughout Welsh dental circles.

His interests, however, extended far beyond dentistry. He added a law degree to his dental qualification. He was both a County and Town Councillor serving Cardigan Town for 22 years and in 2000-2001 became ‘His Worship the Mayor.’ And this is where another of his interests came into its own, because Trevor had proudly restored a grey A30 van which, in the absence of a Rolls, became his official mayoral vehicle, conveying him to special charity functions and events.

There was no end to Trevor’s devotion to his community and in 2000 he spearheaded an initiative to protect the entrance to Cardigan Castle and see the eventual compulsory purchase of the castle so that it could be restored to public ownership.

Not surprisingly, Trevor’s Welsh pedigree fed his passion for singing and from his early days he was a member of some of the most respected choirs in Wales as well as his local operatic group. He played the clarinet and in recent years learnt to play the tuba in a small brass band /ensemble.

The summer would see him relaxing in the greenhouse and although his tomatoes were always prize winners, cucumbers were annual failures, much to his disgust. He proudly restored an old Victorian pond on his land and often on warm summer evenings after returning from London, there was nothing more he loved than sitting by it and relaxing with his dog whilst looking over to the Preseli mountains.

Trevor was immensely proud of his honorary fellowship from Cardiff Medical School and he was honoured by the Queen with an OBE in 2005 for his services to dentistry.

In short, Trevor was a truly professional man of panoramic intellect and vision whose unquenchable enthusiasm enabled him to combine his vast spectrum of interests with a determination to serve his community at every level.


 Posted on : Fri 3rd - Mar - 2006

 

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