Tributes to Norse who was ray of sunshine

Thursday 22nd February 2007 12:00 am
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A LLANAFAN nurse who died when her car crashed into a wall on F r i d a y , s u f f e r e d a b r a i n haemorrhage moments before the accident, her family told the Cambrian News this week. Tributes poured in this week to married mother-of-two, Marie Gilbert, 59, who was pronounced dead at the scene after her Renault 19 crashed into a bridge at around 2.25pm. Post mortem results revealed this week that Mrs Gilbert had suffered a brain haemorrhage moments before the collision. Her family were keen to point out this week that this was the reason for the crash. The family was concerned about rumours that a dog was on the road at the time of the incident, causing the accident, but they were keen to stress that this was not the case. Dyfed Powys Police confirmed that Mrs Gilbert died of natural causes before the accident. Mrs Gilbert was as well known in Llanilar as she was in Llanafan, having worked in the village's health centre for the past 15 years. She leaves behind her husband Peter and children Siobhan and Hamish. Hazel Ellis, practice manager at Llanilar Health Centre, where Marie had worked as a nurse since 1992, said: "It is so hard to put our thoughts into words, but we all have happy memories of Marie. "We valued her both as a colleague and as a great friend. She was a ray of sunshine in all our lives and was a wonderfully colourful character -with a pair of earrings for every occasion! "We are all devastated by her loss, and her patients will certainly miss her as well." A public funeral will be held on Saturday at St Afan's Church in Llanafan from 3pm, followed by interment at the church cemetery. Dyfed Powys Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have information relating to the incident to contact them on 0845 330 2000. by Dylan Davies [email protected]">[email protected] The wreckage of Marie Gilbert's car. DPJ22F33 TRIBUTES have been paid to a computer technician from Llanilar who died in a car crash outside Llangurig on Friday evening. Michael Vincent Northam, 31, died when the Renault Clio he was a passenger in, was in collision with a Subaru Impreza on the A44 near Llangurig at around 5.50pm. He was rushed to Bronglais Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the Clio, Adrian Morgan, 30, of Y Gorlan, was also taken to Bronglais, where he is recovering from non life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Impreza suffered minor injuries. Police have appealed for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 0845 330 2000. A popular character, Mr Northam lived at Craig-yr-Hesg, Cwrt-y-Cadno and leaves parents Darrell and Mair; brother Paul and sisters Sharon and Wendy. Mr Northam attended Lledrod primary school and Tregaron comprehensive school before gaining a BSc in computing mathematics from the University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, in 1999. Gwyn Jones, director of the finance department at Ceredigion County Council, where Mr Northam worked as an ICT support technician for the past eight years, said: "Michael was only 31 and had worked with the council as a student during 1997/98 and was subsequently employed by the ICT section in 1999 after graduating. "He was very much respected among his colleagues. The council wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues, and he will be sorely missed by all." Local councillor and neighbour to the Northams, Cllr Rowland Jones, said: "Mike was a happy, out-going character, well-liked by his colleagues and popular in the community. He was also a keen supporter of all sports. It is such a tragic loss." A public funeral service will be held on Saturday 24 February at St Hilary's Church at noon. Family flowers only are requested, but donations in lieu may be made to St Hilary's Church, Llanilar, c/o Trefor Evans, Funeral Director, Brongenau, Llandre.