Karl Daymond, from Neath but living in Chepstow, was taken seriously ill in the early stages of Chepstow Town Council’s extraordinary meeting on 9th August 2017 and was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital but died shortly afterwards.
A popular figure in the town, Mr Daymond led both The Singing Club, a group of singers based in Chepstow, the Forest of Dean and Usk, and the female-only Chepstow Chatelaines. In addition he was also heading the St David’s Hospice Harmony Choir which was set up in December.
Tributes from leading figures praised the man and said he would be “greatly missed”.
Other talked of his “huge contribution” to the town.
John Burrows, who was on the organising committee for both Chepstow’s 950th celebrations this year and the Wye bridge bicentenary in 2016 said last year that Chepstow was stunned by Karl’s passing: “He was an incredible man with huge charisma, a beautiful deep rich speaking and singing voice, immense presence, warmth and a great smile. He will be very badly missed.”