'DEATH OF MR SYDNEY F.
'Well-known Merthyr Solicitor'
Mr. Sydney F. Simons, the well-known Merthyr solicitor,
died at his home, Penybryn, Cefncoed, to-day. Mr. Simons was taken ill on
Friday and passed away a few hours later. He is survived by his wife and
five sons. Mr. Simons, who was 67 years of age, was the son of Mr. William
Simons, himself a widely-known solicitor in South Wales many years ago.
Educated at Malvern College and the Cardiff University College, Mr. Simons
was admitted as a solicitor in 1893 and practised in Merthyr. As a young man
he took a keen interest in sport at Merthyr, being a member of the Merthyr
tennis, golf, hockey and cricket clubs. He became prominent as the ardent
advocate, on the old Merthyr District Council, of the conversion to a
corporation and was solicitor to the movement securing the charter for
'Mayor of the Town'
He was elected to the Merthyr Corporation in 1905 and was
Mayor of Merthyr in 1906-7. In ensuing years he devoted his energy to the
organisation of free libraries and was instrumental in obtaining grants of
£12,500 from the Carnegie Fund towards the erection of suitable buildings.
He was also prominently associated with the movement which led to the
establishment of the Taf Fechan Waterworks. He remained a member of the
Merthyr Corporation until 1913, when he resigned. Mr. Simons was also
associated with the Merthyr Electric Traction and Lighting Company, as
solicitor, from its inception. He was also a past president of the Merthyr
Chamber of Trade and of the Federated Chambers of Trade of South Wales and
Monmouthshire. Mr. Simons was a Mason since 1892 and became Worshipful
Master of the Loyal Cambrian Lodge in 1911. He was president of the Merthyr
Law Society since 1933. He was a member of the firm of Simons, Smyth and
Daniel. In recent years, he took an active part as a member of the Merthyr
Development Committee which is occupied with the work of obtaining new
industries for Merthyr.
Transcribed by Graham Simons.