By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….
Longtime British Royal Mint employee David Stanton died on March 9 at the age of 48 following a long illness. The beloved Royal Mint employee started working at the Llantrisant-based coining facility in 1989, when he was just 22 years old. In addition to his longtime role at the Mint, Stanton, from a village in south Wales called Tynewydd, joined the Treorchy Male Choir in 2009 and served as part of the Second Bass section. Additionally, Stanton also played for the Treherbert Rugby Football Club and coached that team’s boy’s club.
“David Stanton – or Dai as we knew him – had worked for the Royal Mint since November 1989 and was a highly respected, well-liked, and valued member of the Melting, Rolling, and Blanking Operations team,” said Sarah Bradley, director of human resources at the Royal Mint. “The Royal Mint flag has been flown at half-mast as a mark of respect for Dai, who was regarded across the organization as a warm-hearted teammate with a big character,” she continued. “Dai will be very much missed by all his Royal Mint friends and colleagues.”
Stanton’s colleagues at Treorchy Male Choir have also paid tribute to their beloved friend.
“Treorchy Male Choir has been left in a state of shock and devastation by the loss of David ‘Dai’ Stanton, whose remarkable courage throughout his long battle with illness endeared him to all he came into contact with. As an organization, we have lost many dear friends over the years, but few as young as Dai, which makes his premature passing all the more tragic,” read a statement from the group. “It was a deeply humbling moment when in honor of Dai’s memory, the Royal Mint flag was flown at half-mast on the day following his passing.”
The Treorchy Male Choir is one of the world’s most famous choirs and formed in Stanton’s native Rhondda Valley in 1883. It has performed for members of the Royal family dating back to Queen Victoria and shared the stage with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Jon Bon Jovi, and Ozzy Osbourne, among others. In 2012, Stanton and the famous choir group – which at the time also was graced by the voices of five other Royal Mint employees – sang at the World Money Fair in Berlin.
Stanton was married and leaves behind two children, his parents, and two siblings. He was born in October 1967 and lived on the same street his entire life. Stanton’s funeral will be held on Monday, March 21, at 1:30 pm from Bryntirion, Mountain View in his home village of Tynewydd; his remains will be interred at Coity Crematorium at 2:45 pm.