The sisters of a Stevenage grandfather who died on Wednesday after a speed boating accident in Wales have paid tribute to a ‘generous family man’ who loved the outdoor life and never took life too seriously.
William Davies – known to most as Billy – was pronounced dead after being pulled from the sea along with another man near Aberystwyth, after an empty speed boat was found circling.
You would always find him fixing cars or helping people if they had broken down.”Billy’s family came from Carmarthen in South Wales but moved to Stevenage when he was a teenager.
One of eight siblings, he went to Collenswood School before joining the army for a year.
Both were rushed to Bronglais Hospital but Billy, who was 64, died from his injuries. Sisters Susan and Helen Davies told the Comet: “We feel totally shocked.“He comes from a close knit family where family means family and he was very much a part of it.“Everybody loved him. He was very happy go lucky and he didn’t take anything seriously, but people loved him for it.“He loved the outdoors and loved living off the land.
He was always fishing or hunting rabbits or looking for cockles.“He really found his home in Aberystwyth as it allowed him to live the outdoor life.“He was into his cars.
Its largest town, Aberystwyth, is one of the two administrative centres; the other being Aberaeron.