Hundreds bid farewell to Mr Port Talbot

19 October 2011

Meyrick Sheen, Richard Burton’s brother Graham Jenkins and Hywel Francis MP were among the many mourners at the Cwmavon funeral of photographer Peter Knowles today.

St Michael's Church in Cwmavon was full as mourners came to pay their final respects. Photo: Rachel Howells

St Michael's Church in Cwmavon was full as mourners came to pay their final respects. Photo: Rachel Howells

Peter had been a family photographer in Port Talbot for more than 40 years, following in his father’s footsteps, and was often called Mr Port Talbot locally.

Officiating minister and reverend of St Michael’s Church, Helen O’Shea, said Peter was always “full of energy, full of enthusiasm and full of life” and that he would be missed by a community “which he had served in so many ways”.

She remembered his “many small kindnesses” and said that he was dearly beloved of his wife Liz and children Rachel and Michael and their families, as well as his friends, colleagues and his “church family” at St Michael’s.

“Though he played a full part in local life and was often been in positions of leadership, his unassuming nature meant that the things he did were never to the glory of Peter, but down to his attitude of service,” she said.

Peter Knowles in a rare appearance in front of the camera

Peter Knowles in a rare appearance in front of the camera

Peter was chair of Cwmavon Residents Action Committee, was involved with Communities First and was a committed Rotarian. He was also a respected press photographer who had worked for the South Wales Evening Post, Western Mail, Neath and Port Talbot Guardian and had also started his own news website, Port Talbot News.

A well-known figure in local industry and business, Peter had also held contracts with Tata Steel, BP and photographed the construction of the M4 motorway in the 1960s.

A cremation service at Margam Crematorium followed the service.

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Adele Thomas says:

This is such a shock – what terribly sad news. I’m sure he and his ceaseless work within the community will be missed by many.