Tributes paid to Mumbles pharmacist Stephen Newbury
An award-winning pharmacist has died, while fund-raising for charity by taking part in a French marathon.
Stephen Newbury, who had run Newbury Pharmacy in Mumbles for more than 20 years, had been taking part in the run in Lyon.
It was not the first marathon he had run this year, having completed the Paris run to raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease, and also the London event, on behalf of Shelter.
Amongst those paying tribute were Newton councillor Miles Thomas, who worked for Mr Newbury following his own retirement.
Councillor Thomas said: “He was a very special man, who found a lot of time to speak to anyone who came into the pharmacy.
“He loved running marathons, and had done more than I had had bacon butties.
“He was the heart and soul of the village, and his is a great loss to Mumbles”.
Fellow councillor, Oystermouth representative Tony Colburn added: “He had a long established business and was highly respected.
“He was extremely courteous, and a gentleman, who will be greatly missed by the community of Mumbles.”
Earlier this year, Mr Newbury had been named the winner of Community Pharmacist of the Year award, in the Welsh Pharmacy Awards.
He also had a monthly slot on radio station Swansea Sound, where he would discuss different health issues.
Pharmacist and former colleague Sally Kneath said: “His award as community pharmacist of the year was 100 per cent deserved.
“He was very forward thinking in his job, and very innovative in the services he provided - I think he was one of the first to offer flu jabs. He was very knowledgeable.
“Nobody was too much trouble for him, no matter how busy the shop was he would find time for people who came in.
“He was extremely well respected as a community pharmacist, and the epitome of what one should be.
“He an institution in the Mumbles community, and a total gentleman.”
Mr Newbury leaves a wife Anne, and two children.