Arthur Thomas, known for his pioneering involvement in the Welsh AWP industry since the early 1970s, has died in Penylan Nursing Home in Cardiff aged 85, following a long battle with cancer.
Remembered as “one of the last great characters” of the industry, Thomas’ career spanned the great days of the AWP industry at firms such as Signet, Thesis, Gemini, Gowerpoint and AET Games, among others.
“This is very sad for me and for the industry, not just in Wales, but in the whole of the UK and in some other countries too, where Arthur was well known,” said InterGame’s David Snook and former Coinslot editor during that period. “I could fill pages with stories of Arthur Thomas.”
“He was also a very shrewd observer of trends and tastes and would spend hours sitting in a pub watching people play his games. He also talked to them in great depth and found out what people wanted. He developed many great ideas, including the eachway nudge feature, I think.”
Reacting to the news, David Orton of Reel Control commented “this is very sad. Arthur Thomas was one of the very great characters of our industry. He will be sorely missed.” Metrocoin’s David Gershlick added “very sorry to hear the sad news on the passing of Arthur, who was a great Welsh character of which I have many happy memories. His contribution to the amusement trade industry was enormous and out of the top draw in representing the South Wales manufacturers.”
The funeral will be held 2pm, Friday 5 February at Thornhill Crematorium in Cardiff.