Tributes have been paid to a former Bangor councillor following his sudden death over the weekend.

Dewi Llewelyn was a member of Gwynedd Council, representing the Deiniol ward between 2004 and 2012, having also sat on Bangor City Council for several years.

But after it was announced that he passed away over the weekend, Thursday’s full meeting saw Gwynedd Council’s new Council chairman lead the tributes to the former Plaid Cymru politician.

Cllr Simon Glyn, chairing his first meeting in the role, said: “It was with sadness that we learned of the death of former councillor, Dewi Llewelyn.

“He was a fellow pupil at Ysgol Glan y Mor, Pwllheli many years ago and I remember with a smile the quiet man by nature who was so keen to represent the people of his community in Bangor.

“His contribution to the work here in Gwynedd was great and his love towards Wales and its people was without doubt.

“Our sympathies are with his family and friends.”

In a statement posted online, Bangor City Council wrote: “The council expresses its sadness following the sudden death of Dewi Llewelyn over the weekend.

“Dewi was a former councillor with the council and his contribution to the city was significant.

“Our sincerest condolences to the family at this difficult time.”

The meeting also saw tributes to another former councillor, Maldwyn Lewis, who died recently aged 93.

Mr Lewis was one of the founding fathers of the Plaid Cymru group on the old Gwynedd Council in the 1970s,

Leading the tributes, Cllr Selwyn Griffiths said: “He served the area and Wales for many years and helped establish the forward thinking Welsh language policy that remains in place to this day.

“Maldwyn worked with others such as Dafydd Orwig and set a firm foundation for us, working hard for the Welsh language and the people of the county.

“We owe him a debt of gratitude and must also remember his hard work for the community of Porthmadog.”

Having served as Dafydd Wigley’s election agent in 1979 and 1983, Mr Lewis was also a prominent member of a local group who took over the running of the Cob, with proceeds continuing to be shared between local organisations and charities.