Popular editorial cartoonist Grenfall “Gren” Jones died this week at age 72, and Wales, an obscure part of Southern Britain, seems to be taking it the hardest.
icWales – ‘He didn’t really reflect the character of Wales, he didn’t report it, he was the character of Wales’:
Born Grenfell Jones in 1934, he joined the South Wales Echo in 1968 and quickly gained a cult following across South Wales.
He remained with the paper until his retirement from the full-time staff in 1999, creating, among other things, the Valleys town of Aberflyarff and the comic strip Ponty an’ Pop.
His friend, the singer and comedian Max Boyce, yesterday praised Gren’s contribution to Welsh life, but added that it was the Hengoed-born cartoonist’s unfailing kindness and generosity that would live longest in his memory.
You can see a selection of Gren’s cartoon’s in this BBC slideshow, although their humour is fairly impenetgrable for non-Brits.