Vince Penticost AWPF FWPF

We are very sad to report the passing of Vince Penticost who passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of July 10th. He will be sadly missed.

Vince was a well-respected club member who was well known across the camera clubs of South Wales as a presenter and judge.

He served as chairman of Western Valley Camera Club for a total of 23 years (1997-99, 2002-2007, 2009-2021 and 2024).

He also served on the WPF Committee and was President between 2015 and 2017 and as Past President until 2019.

He was particularly known for his sense of fun and good humour. The author of this post particularly remembers him coming to Gwynfa to judge a ‘match-a-slide’ competition dressed in his full referee kit, complete with yellow and red cards.

We’ll let you have the funeral arrangements when we know them.

Alyn Wallace

Many of you will have heard the incredibly sad news of the passing of Alyn Wallace.

Alyn, originally from Pontypridd spoke to many PF clubs and his talks were a treat. Always memorable and awe inspiring. Such dedication to a craft is rare. We cannot believe he has gone at such a young age. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

His family has released the following statement:

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John Long Photobook

John Long, a member of Kingswood Photographic Society for nearly sixty-six years, was a well-known and well-loved photographer and friend of many of us. Sadly, he passed away on 24th of January 2021 at the age of 89.

As a tribute, members of Kingswood PS are producing a photobook which will include recollections of John’s passion for photography, demonstrating his wish to share his knowledge and encouraging others on their photographic journey, as well as many of John’s photos.

If you’d like a copy of the book, please contact Adrian & Vanessa Herring before Monday, 15th of May, using Vanessa’s e-address: vanessahering@gmail.com

The cost per unit will depend on the number of our bulk order but it will be no more than £25.

Jeff Lang

We received this sad news from Morriston Camera Club:

It is with great sadness that Morriston Camera Club have to report that Jeff Lang our president and founder member has passed away aged 76. The passing, of Jeff, one of the most esteemed members of Morriston Camera Club in Swansea, came as a shock to all MCC members. Although he had been unwell for some time, no-one had been prepared for the sad news of his passing.

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Jim Yendle (1935-2022)

The passing, last month, of Jim Yendle, one of the most esteemed members of Rhiwbina Camera Club in north Cardiff, came as a shock to all RCC members. Although he had been unwell for some time, no-one had been prepared for the sad news of his passing. Jim had been a prominent member of RCC for more than 60 years, during many of which he served on the club committee, mostly as Secretary, but also as Treasurer, Programme Secretary and Competitions Secretary. In addition to his friends within the camera club, over the years Jim made many acquaintances within the wider photographic community in south Wales and in the Welsh Photographic Federation. In appreciation of his outstanding loyalty and service to Rhiwbina Camera Club, he was presented with a commemorative plate during the 2017/18 season. In further recognition of his exceptional contribution to the club for over six decades, he was granted Life Membership two years ago.

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June Grundy

We’ve received the sad news from Chrisine Starnes that June Grundy passed away just before Christmas.

Her and her husband Bill, were members of both Hay CC and Merthyr Tydfil CC for many years.

Ieuan Llewellyn

Gwynfa CC is very very sad to report the passing of their friend and former member, Ieuan Llewellyn.

For those who knew Ieuan, they’ll let you know his funeral details as soon as they have them.

Sad News – Terry O’Connell

Many of you will have known Terry O’Connell who was a regular presenter on the camera club circuit with his long time friend and AV partner David Harris. Together with David, Terry presented his AV shows in his own style for nearly 40 years. On 22nd November, 2019 Terry passed away peacefully with his family around him. He was 96 years old.

I first saw Terry and David in the early 1980s giving a show at Gwynfa Camera Club, the first time I had ever seen AV and it was that show that started my interest in AV. He and his wife Mary were loyal supporters of the South Wales RPS AV Group. Terry and his sometimes quirky AVs will be sadly missed. The funeral is on 12th December at 1:15 pm at Thornhill Crematorium.

Edgar Gibbs FRPS MPAGB AV-AFIAP

Peter William Toone

Peter William Toone (Lord Toone to his friends) passed away at home on Friday 22nd November 2019.

A member of Swansea CC who loved to take selfies all over the place.

Condolences to his wife Jackie and son Samuel and rest of family.