Aled Roberts

The Welsh Language Commissioner's office has issued a tribute in response to the sad news of Aled Roberts's passing.

Deputy Welsh Language Commissioner, Gwenith Price, said: 'Aled was a warm character with an extraordinary talent to bring people together.

'His love for his community, and his passion for the growth of the Welsh language in north-east Wales, drove him to want to see change which would benefit the whole nation.

'People were at the centre of everything he did. He had a firm vision for increasing rights for Welsh speakers, and for ensuring justice where he saw unfairness. He wished to see a Wales where every citizen had the opportunity to speak and use the language. His enthusiasm was unmatched, and he continued to work throughout his illness. It was a privilege to work with him.

'We are deeply saddened by the news of his death, and we know that everyone who has worked with him will feel the same.

'Our thoughts today are with his family; with his wife, Llinos, and their sons, Ifan and Osian, his mother and sister. Our deepest condolences to them in their loss.'