Family News: Sports Fan Everybody Loved to Work with; Keen Musician and Cricketer Lost Battle against Disease Journalist Tomos Owen Has Died, at the Age of 31
Byline: Catherine Evans
SPORTS journalist Tomos Owen was a highly respected and well-liked colleague to many at the BBC.
Brought up in Cardiff, he attended the Welsh medium junior school at Coedy Gof in Fairwater.
He then moved to Aberystwyth when his father was appointed to a senior post at the National Library of Wales.
At Ysgol Penweddig, Tomos shone not only academically but also at sport.
Despite his gentle nature, he was a fierce competitor on the football field, but his main passion was cricket.
He was a very accomplished opening batsman, and reached many a 100 for the seaside town when he returned to bolster their batting in later years.
But a lesser known fact was his prowess as a musician - a percussionist of some renown as he banged the drums and crashed the cymbals with great enthusiasm for the youth orchestra of Ceredigion.
His academic career brought him back to Cardiff, where he graduated with first class honours in Welsh at the University of Wales.
Journalism and broadcasting was already his chosen career, with particular emphasis on sport.
In 1998, he succeeded in gaining a post as a researcher within the BBC's sports department and joined the broadcaster straight from university.
He quickly gained everyone's respect and admiration and was known as a consummate professional: unassuming, dedicated, talented and mature way beyond his years. …