‘Old man’ Gareth was the blacksmith of Oakhurst for many (MANY) years. Gareth was in excellent condition for a man of his age (somewhere in his late 80’s). He outlived all three of his wives and all of his children. Many folks assumed he’d just keep going, somehow.
Gareth was an excellent smith. His apprentice, Marran is quite skilled, as well. She is a testament to Gareth’s teaching skills and smithing skills.
Gareth passed away in his sleep a few weeks ago. It seems that the years finally caught up with him. Marran claims (quite loudly, sometimes) that foul play was involved. She cannot/will not accept his death as a natural event.