Thomas John Roderick, 1920 – 1925
T J Roderick is described somewhat confusingly as a “quiet, contained man, who could become very emotional in the practice of his art”. The difficulty here is in equating any sort of diffidence with the many challenging initiatives of his life. Spirited an elusive as a half-back in the 1906/8 Dunvant rugby team, he began work in the Dunvant foundry soon shifting to Killan Colliery where he worked until he was forty. At the closure of he mine, finding himself unemployed, he bought himself a horse and cart and started a coal round. Later he sold this as a going concern, to commence a more congenial delivery service in oil, paraffin, floor mats and linoleum.
A natural entrepreneur, he then diversified into public transport, purchasing three resuscitated buses from a Mr Stanley Parkyn of Three Crosses. These superannuated single-deckers were known as Roderick’s Blue Buses, garaged and maintained in the present Scout HQ on the “square” and operating between Penclawdd, Gowerton, Dunvant an thence, non-stop to Swansea Market.