Paul Ansell Obituary, Death – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved figure in our community, Paul Ansell. Paul’s battle with illness came to an end on September 6, 2023. He passed away at home, surrounded by his family, who had been his unwavering support throughout his journey. Paul’s life was a testament to the values of dedication, selflessness, and community spirit.
He dedicated countless years of his life to our beloved club, Penallta, leaving an indelible mark on its history. From his early days as the one running onto the field with the first aid bag to his roles as team manager and physiotherapist, Paul’s commitment was unwavering. In addition to his official roles, Paul was a true multi-tasker, undertaking a myriad of duties that went above and beyond. He ferried boys to and from training and games, provided guidance on rugby tours, and even handled the less glamorous tasks like sweeping out changing rooms.
Paul embodied the essence of a dedicated club man. His impact on the club and its members was immeasurable. The tributes pouring in are a testament to the love and respect he garnered. Tales of rugby tours, notorious and heartwarming alike, are filled with fond memories of Paul. His presence was like that of a caring teacher amidst a group of rambunctious students, ensuring everyone was safe and having fun.
Paul was a father figure to many, offering not just guidance in rugby but also unwavering support off the field. His caring and thoughtful nature made him a go-to person for players facing challenges, long before discussions about mental health became common in the sporting world. He created a nurturing environment where every player, regardless of their talent, felt valued and supported.
Recently, Paul relocated to Llanelli to be closer to his family, where he learned of his illness only a few months ago. Despite his health struggles, his wit and sense of humor never waned, illuminating his resilience and spirit. Paul leaves behind a loving family, including his son Luke, whom he was incredibly proud of, and a beautiful granddaughter who will miss the loving presence of her grandfather. His wife, Julie, stood by his side with unwavering strength and love, ensuring his final months were as comfortable as possible.