Cwmbran man choked to death during a meal just hours after his mother’s funeral

DIED: Cwmbran man Alun Howells from choked to death hours after his mother Edna’s funeral

DIED: Cwmbran man Alun Howells from choked to death hours after his mother Edna’s funeral

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A FATHER-OF-THREE, described as a “caring family man”, died after choking during a meal just hours on from attending his mother’s funeral.

Alun Howells, from Cwmbran, had been to his mother Edna’s funeral at St Gabriel’s Church, Old Cwmbran, on November 25 last year.

That same evening, Mr Howells, 61, went with family and friends for a meal at the Blinkin Owl Pub in Coed Eva.

An inquest at Newport’s Coroner’s Court heard yesterday he began choking on his steak and chips, and never recovered consciousness, dying in hospital three days later.

At the inquest, his wife, Carol, confirmed her husband had ordered steak and chips, and while eating had began choking. Their son and friends tried to remove the blockage while an ambulance was called.

When paramedics arrived they were able to remove the piece of food and Mr Howells was taken to The Royal Gwent Hospital. But he never regained consciousness and died on November 29.

Mrs Howells said he was a “loving husband” of 38 years. The couple met in a pub in Cwmbran and got married in Holy Trinity Church, and had three children, Lee, Ian, and Kate, at their family home in Upper Cwmbran.

His daughter added: “He was a caring family man who would have done anything for family and friends.”

Mr Howells, a former Llantarnam School pupil, worked for British Gas before taking early retirement at the age of 39 due to a spinal condition.

He enjoyed watching horse racing and was a member of Chepstow Race Course. He was also a keen gardener, and won a Torfaen gardening competition for his plants.

He leaves behind three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded by Area Coroner for Gwent Wendy James.

She read out the conclusion of the post-mortem examination that said Mr Howells’ death was caused by brain injury complicated by acute respiratory distress syndrome.

She added: “Alun and his family and friend went for a meal and during the meal Alun began to choke. Attempts were unsuccessful to remove the blockage.

“I am in no doubt that the choking led to this sad death.”

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11:55am Fri 18 Jul 14

Auntyg58 says...

Sad story and terribly upsetting for the family.

However Argus, where are your proof readers, was it his mother or grandmothers funeral that he attended?
Sad story and terribly upsetting for the family. However Argus, where are your proof readers, was it his mother or grandmothers funeral that he attended? Auntyg58
  • Score: -14

12:36pm Fri 18 Jul 14

happy85 says...

Auntyg58 wrote:
Sad story and terribly upsetting for the family.

However Argus, where are your proof readers, was it his mother or grandmothers funeral that he attended?
What do you mean? It clearly states his mothers funeral.
[quote][p][bold]Auntyg58[/bold] wrote: Sad story and terribly upsetting for the family. However Argus, where are your proof readers, was it his mother or grandmothers funeral that he attended?[/p][/quote]What do you mean? It clearly states his mothers funeral. happy85
  • Score: 10

1:11pm Fri 18 Jul 14

gingertom says...

Such a sad story. My thoughts are with his family at this time.
Such a sad story. My thoughts are with his family at this time. gingertom
  • Score: 9

2:04pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Ceffyl says...

Auntyg58 wrote:
Sad story and terribly upsetting for the family.

However Argus, where are your proof readers, was it his mother or grandmothers funeral that he attended?
There shouldn't be hyphens in 'father of three', either.
[quote][p][bold]Auntyg58[/bold] wrote: Sad story and terribly upsetting for the family. However Argus, where are your proof readers, was it his mother or grandmothers funeral that he attended?[/p][/quote]There shouldn't be hyphens in 'father of three', either. Ceffyl
  • Score: -13

4:01pm Fri 18 Jul 14

kateh1985 says...

As I am Aluns daughter I can clarify that it was my grandmother funeral (my fathers mother). I can't believe how petty some people can be towards the South Wales Argus !!!
As I am Aluns daughter I can clarify that it was my grandmother funeral (my fathers mother). I can't believe how petty some people can be towards the South Wales Argus !!! kateh1985
  • Score: 62

6:29pm Fri 18 Jul 14

corpardguy says...

Partially agree with "Kath 1985", and my sympathies are with her and her family for such a tragic chain of events, BUT its a prime responsibility of the press , any free press to get the facts straight and report them accurately . No one is served well, least of all the readers, if information is scrambled or just plain wrong.
Poor reporting standards are a crime in themselves and cannot be tolerated in a democracy. Its what keeps the balance and the public informed....... or should be.
Partially agree with "Kath 1985", and my sympathies are with her and her family for such a tragic chain of events, BUT its a prime responsibility of the press , any free press to get the facts straight and report them accurately . No one is served well, least of all the readers, if information is scrambled or just plain wrong. Poor reporting standards are a crime in themselves and cannot be tolerated in a democracy. Its what keeps the balance and the public informed....... or should be. corpardguy
  • Score: -10

9:47pm Fri 18 Jul 14

endthelies says...

kateh1985 wrote:
As I am Aluns daughter I can clarify that it was my grandmother funeral (my fathers mother). I can't believe how petty some people can be towards the South Wales Argus !!!
My condolences on the loss of you're father Kate. xx
[quote][p][bold]kateh1985[/bold] wrote: As I am Aluns daughter I can clarify that it was my grandmother funeral (my fathers mother). I can't believe how petty some people can be towards the South Wales Argus !!![/p][/quote]My condolences on the loss of you're father Kate. xx endthelies
  • Score: 12

8:53am Sat 19 Jul 14

Newportsucks85 says...

kateh1985 wrote:
As I am Aluns daughter I can clarify that it was my grandmother funeral (my fathers mother). I can't believe how petty some people can be towards the South Wales Argus !!!
Your dad was a lovely man! sorry for your loss! we will all miss him and his lovely van ! all the best kate x
[quote][p][bold]kateh1985[/bold] wrote: As I am Aluns daughter I can clarify that it was my grandmother funeral (my fathers mother). I can't believe how petty some people can be towards the South Wales Argus !!![/p][/quote]Your dad was a lovely man! sorry for your loss! we will all miss him and his lovely van ! all the best kate x Newportsucks85
  • Score: 5

9:10am Sat 19 Jul 14

Miss Thomas says...

Auntyg.. You are an imbecile! Rip Alun! X
Auntyg.. You are an imbecile! Rip Alun! X Miss Thomas
  • Score: 7

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