pigeon racing pillA pensioner who died in an early morning van crash in Maerdy was a “pillar of the community” who loved pigeon racing.

Malcolm Morgan, 73, died when his Ford Transit van collided with a parked van on Oxford Street on Sunday morning.

He was known locally at Popo and his family say his love of pigeons drove “his whole family crazy”.

In a tribute released through South Wales Police, his devastated family said: “Malcolm was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He has always been a pillar of the community and was loved by so, so many.

“Known as Popo to most, he never said no to anything. His love of pigeons drove his whole family crazy – he was the Morgan half of the ‘Newman and Morgan’ pigeon racing partnership, racing for Ynyshir club.

“What has happened has broken us as a family and we will all miss him more than words. We ask for privacy at this difficult time and thank you all for your kind memories you’ve shared of Mal.”

Officers were called to Oxford Street shortly after 8.30am on Sunday after a white Ford Transit van being driven by Malcolm collided with a parked Iveco Daily van.

Malcolm’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.


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