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Orig Williams

"El Bandito"

Orig Williams

(1931 – 2009)

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Orig Williams

Orig Williams
(1931 – 2009)

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Orig Williams

(1931 – 2009)
About Orig
This is an online tribute to Orig Williams. Orig Williams – famously known throughout Wales and beyond as El Bandito – died suddenly aged 78.
Orig, brought up in Ysbyty Ifan, near Betws y Coed, died at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, after a suspected heart attack.
His wife Wendy, 66, said: “He was the best husband any wife could have had.”
His daughter, actress and singer Tara Bethan, said her father had been admitted to hospital complaining of a stomach ulcer.
Speaking from their home at Llanfair Talhaiarn, near Abergele, Tara, 25, said: “It finished off with his heart. He fought all the way but all the fighting he’d done through his life got the better
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of him. We were with him in his last minutes and he was reeling off Welsh poetry by Cynan. He’s in the best place.”
She said her father had suffered a suspected heart attack the previous day.
She said: “He was a cultured man, a side of him which he kept to himself and only shared with his friends. He was more than just a wrestler.”
She said she and her mum “always felt proud” of Orig who would always attract attention from people in the street. Tara said: “I just knew him as dad.”
“He was a totally fantastic father.”
Tara said she and her mum wanted to thank everybody for their kindness and support.
The son of a quarryman,
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Orig was larger than life in every sense – an outspoken colourful character who became popular to thousands of people especially with the launch of S4C when his mustachioed face became a regular feature on the Reslo programme.
He was a feared centre half or full back in his footballing days and had travelled the world “from New York to Timbuktu in Mali” promoting wrestling bouts.
After National Service in the RAF, he became a professional footballer, first with Oldham Athletic and with Shrewsbury Town before joining Pwllheli and subsequently becoming player manager of Nantlle Vale.
He said: “Then as today, too many Welsh clubs were importing players from Manchester or Liverpool,
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and I decided to build a team in which everyone was Welsh speaking for the simple reason that was the language of the community.”
He got into boxing and wrestling the hard way in fairground booths.
An S4C spokesperson said: “Everyone in S4C was saddened to hear of the death of Orig Williams. He was a popular contributor to S4C programmes and series, in particular the wrestling show Reslo, and his passionate, engaging character made him a much-loved figure with viewers and colleagues.”
This memorial is in memory of Orig Williams. He was much loved and will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.
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Orig Williams

This is an online tribute to Orig Williams. Orig Williams – famously known throughout Wales and beyond as El Bandito – died suddenly aged 78.
Orig, brought up in Ysbyty Ifan, near Betws y Coed, died at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, after a suspected heart attack.
His wife Wendy, 66, said: “He was the best husband any wife could have had.”
His daughter, actress and singer Tara Bethan, said her father had been admitted to hospital complaining of a stomach ulcer.
Speaking from their home at Llanfair Talhaiarn, near Abergele, Tara, 25, said: “It finished off with his heart. He fought all the way but all the fighting he’d done through his life got the better...

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