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Obituary – Past ICE Wales chairman

Former ICE South Wales Association (now ICE Wales Cymru) chairman Graham Llewellyn John died on 19 December 2009 aged 83.

John was born in Briton Ferry and educated in Brighton Technical College and Cardiff University where he graduated in engineering. He served in the Army where he distinguished himself at rugby.

His early appointments were with Somerset County Council and Glamorgan County Council where John gained considerable structural experience.

When Glamorgan County Council acquired the Rhoose Airport in 1965, a team was assembled to develop the airport for an expanding commercial demand, with John leading as airport engineer.

The team doubled the length of the runway enabling the airport to accommodate wide-bodied aircraft, transatlantic flights and prepared the way for the establishment of British Airways Maintenance.

John lead a team working on the Rhoose Airport expansion. The team doubled the length of the runway enabling the accommodation of wide bodied aircraft and transatlantic flights.

During his time as county engineer, John oversaw the development of major road improvements such as the Llanelli Links, which included the Lougher Bridge, Pentrechwyth By-pass, Cross Valley Link in Swansea and the Carmarthen Road Improvements.

After retiring, John retained his interest and support for the Institution of Highways and Transportation and the ICE, he was also regular attendee at the Retired Engineers Group.

His rugby enthusiasm prevailed throughout his life as a player for Aberavon, Swansea, Penarth and Glamorgan

Wanderers and subsequently as a lifelong member, patron and vice-president. Charitable work and community support were also keen interests.

However, family was his number one priority. He and Peggy married in 1954, they had three daughters, Helen, Carol and Judith, and six grandchildren. John was ICE South Wales Association chairman in 1984.

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