ONE of the former owners of Llandudno’s Interlink taxi company has died.

Mr Michael Jones, aged 59, of Llanrhos, who liked to be called Mike, had been ill for some time.

His wife Mrs Ceri Jones said he and one of his brothers, Peter, bought the Llandudno based Interlink taxi company and in a period of about 20 years built it into a much bigger and more successful operation.

They sold the company in 2014.

Mrs Jones said: “He was a loyal, caring man who was dedicated to his work.

"Mike was very interested in all aspects of motoring and motor sport.

"Along with his brother Peter, he competed in a number of car rallies. Peter did the driving, and Mike did everything else, the maintenance and everything.

"Together they also restored an American car, a big 1964 Ford Fairlane.”

Mrs Jones added: “We have been married for 37 very happy years.

We met a youth club in Mynydd Llandegai. Initially we ran the filling station in Bethesda before he and Peter built several houses.

"Then they bought the taxi company together and worked in harmony with each other.”

A close family friend, Jude Horsnall, who has known the couple for 15 years, said: “Mike was a very kind man and with Ceri they have both shown me great kindness at a time in my life when I needed it.

"They have been a wonderful couple to have been friends with.

"I know they are highly regarded by many people who knew them in their business or on a personal business. I am very lucky to have had Mike as a friend."

She explained his strong sense of community and said: “Running a local business they patronised other local businesses as much as they could.”

Mike was one of three brothers: Peter and Albert. He was the son of the late Robert and Paula Jones of Tregarth.

The funeral will be held at Colwyn Bay Crematorium at 1.30pm on Monday April 13.

Mrs Jones has requested there be no flowers and that donations in memory of Mike should be made to Enfys Ward, Glan Clwyd hospital.