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Source : Ian lewis, Carmarthen Journal, Wednesday, July 5, 2006.

Gwilym vanderbrink.
Gwilym Vanderbrink, Chairman, coach & founder member of the club.
Tributes have been paid to a Carmarthen builder who tragically died on Thursday, June 29, at 7.25pm, at the entrance to the Davies Estate, Johnstown.

David Gwilym Vanderbrink, aged 63, of Francis Terrace, died after the Ford Transit van he was driving crashed into a bungalow in Ystrad Drive, off Llansteffan Road.

Police said Mr Vanderbrink became unwell at the wheel.

The estate entrance was closed for almost two hours while police investigated the crash.

Constable Anthony George said: "Police attended the scene and found a van driver had driven into a section of a property.

"He was taken to Glangwili where he was pronounced dead."

Constable George added: "Anyone who has any information about the incident should contact us."

Mr Vanderbrink was a founding member and chairman of Carmarthen Judo Club, based in Llangunnor.

Since establishing the club in 1973, he coached hundreds of youngsters in the sport and put them on the road to success.

Club secretary Geoff Griffiths said Mr Vanderbrink put everything into the club.

He said: "Gwilym was always ready to help anyone out at the drop of hat.

"He was so dedicated to the club and it really is a case of 'you don't know what you've got until its gone'.

"He was an inspiration to the youngsters and will be sorely missed by everyone.

"In the last few years he had suffered with ill health and did less coaching but was still calling into the club regularly."

Mr Vanderbrink's funeral will be held tomorrow morning at St Peter's Church, Carmarthen.