James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

While Gil was stationed at Scapa Flow he was sent to Oswestry on a training course and it was there, at a dance, that he met his future wife Margaret Elizabeth Davies.

Gil had risen to the rank of captain by the end of the war; on his release from the army he enrolled in the Territorial Army (TA). He and Margaret married in Coventry on 3 July 1946. Gil then resumed his employment with Coastlines and was also active within the Sea Scout movement.

The Suez Crisis flared up in 1956 and Gil was posted to Egypt with the TA; within the TA he rose to the rank of major.

He returned to Coastline which, in the 1960s acquired 'A S Jones', a road haulage company, to which Gil was transferred. Through this he became involved with the Road Haulage Association and the Transport Managers Club of which he was Chairman in the 1970s. When A S Jones became part of the P & O Road Services Group Gil was appointed as a local director. He retired in 1981.

In retirement Gil continued to tend his garden and greenhouse where he grew chrysanthemums, tomatoes and other fruit and vegetables. He joined Upton Probus and regularly played snooker at the Victory Hall. He enjoyed playing with his four grandchildren and in later years he and Margaret were always happy to receive visits from family and friends and especially looked forward to seeing their four great grandchildren of whom they were very proud. (In 2018 a fifth great grandchild was born).

Following Margaret's death in a Birkenhead hospital on 4 December 2015 Gil decided he could not return home and moved to a care home in Southport, near to his daughter, where he died on 14 October 2016, soon after his 98th birthday. Gil and Margaret are survived by their son and daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  >