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Audrey Graydon (Eringold)

Sandy Waterton writes:-

More sad news… I regret to tell those who remember Audrey that she had moved to a nursing home, in Norfolk, where she was battling severe illness.
Sadly, Audrey died last weekend at the home.
Sympathies to her son Ian, who lived near there .. and all family and friends, in particular Frances Curtis. I managed to speak to Audrey on her mobile, at the home, at the beginning of the month… when she sounded quite bright x 
Audrey had three Wyldfire girls from Frances, one of which she bred to Intrepid in 1998 – that was Wyldfire Eileanoir of Eringold (1994); before that Wyldfire Eringold, in 1977 (from whom I assume she chose her affix) – and later, Wyldfire Ceire of Eringold in 2005.

 

Audrey`s last Irish was from Gillian & Mike Townsend, who have written these lovely words:-

“I first met Audrey at Crystal Palace CA Open Show on April 16th 1995. I had judged the Irish Setters and awarded her lovely 8 month old bitch, Wyldfire Eileanoir of Eringold Best Puppy in a class of 9 (She went on to the best 8 for BPIS).
Audrey came for a chat after the judging and we continued to chat over the years. I was very happy when she asked if she could have a bitch puppy from my final litter 10 years ago.
She and her close friend, Frances Curtis, came to view the litter by Coppers Undercover at Lynwood out of Follidown Forgetmenot and collected Follidown Meadow Sorrel at 8 weeks old.
I had always liked her devotion to her Setters (and her cats) and Saffron had a loving home. She put the welfare and love for her dogs above the desire to win in the show ring.
She regularly sent me photos of Saffron and we chatted from time to time.When Audrey became seriously ill and was taken into a nursing home Saffron came back to me to be with her litter sister and my 3 year old and both welcomed her in.
We shall miss Audrey”
RIP at The Bridge Audrey
Sue Loynd (Crimbledale)12/11/2020
Sue with Brackenfield Fan Circa 1968

It is our very sad duty to report the passing of Sue Loynd a highly repected Breeder and Judge of our breed. Please see below some tributes from her friends in Irish Setters. Our sincere condolences go to her husband Rodney, daughter Ellen and all Sue`s family at this sad time.

 
The phone rang on Thursday 12th November. It was Ellen giving me the very sad news that her mum, Sue, had passed away in hospital in the early hours of the morning with family at her side.
Sue had suffered ill health for sometime and spent some weeks in hospital earlier this year. She returned home to be nursed back to health by Ellen who gave up her job to look after her. She was doing well until last week when she had to return to hospital and sadly this time the battle was too much for her .
I have known Sue since 1973 when I first started going to dog shows.
She was a Lancashire lass born and bred in Rochdale. She had grown up with dogs and it was a few months after the death of her cocker spaniel in1965 that her father mentioned a man he worked with had a litter of Irish Setter puppies and perhaps it would be nice to go and see them.
The litter was bred by Colin and Joan Wild (Wenfold ) and Sue went home clutching Wenfold Bracken who, with support from Colin and Joan, she started to show.
She married Rodney and two bitches joined them over the next few years , Musbury Maeve in 1966 and Brackenfield Fan in 1968 and in 1969 she registered her affix Crimbledale formed using the word Crimble from the Crimble Valley of Rochdale and the dale from Rochdale itself. Ellen was added to share the affix when she showed her own interest in the kennel in due course.
Maeve had two litters but it was Fan who was really Sue’s foundation bitch. She won a CC at Cheshire Agricultural Show in 1970 under
Mr A B Nicolson and when she was mated to Sh Ch Twoacres Troilus she produced Crimbledale Commanchero who figures in many of today’s pedigrees including my own .
Commanchero was used at stud by Shelagh and John Vant on Troilus’s litter sister Sh Ch Twoacres Teresa and they kept Barleydale Barnadine who figures strongly in the Barleydale line.
Sue brought in a bitch by Commanchero out of Shelindair Hazel who was Wendover and Gaelge breeding. This bitch Rainbury Red Maple was put to Cornevon Pipedream and produced Crimbledale Carmen.
Carmen was mated to Twocres Goldsmith who again went back to Troilus via his mother Solace of Twoacres . Carmen’s daughter from this mating, Golden Charm, was put to her father’s brother Sh Ch Twoacres Gold Eagle owned by Eric and Ruth Armstrong and shown by Peter Armstrong . It is this litter that really had a great influence on the breed.
Sue and Ellen decided to keep a dog and a bitch, Golden Choice and Golden Melody . I remember going to see the litter at 6weeks old and saying how very beautiful they were.
Sh Ch Crimbledale Golden Choice, as he became, was a very prolific sire and many of today’s pedigrees will figure him in earlier generations. His progeny was so successful, on one occasion he won the annual Dog World Top stud dog award for Irish Setters.
PRA1 which breeders at that time thought had been bred out re-appeared and a spotlight was shone on various kennels including Twoacres.
Sue agreed that Golden Choice should be test mated which was rather controversial but she was brave and stuck to her guns, typical Sue . He was proved clear which was a huge relief and of great importance for the future of the breed.
His progeny was extensive but included ;
Sh Ch Kerryfair Lover Boy, ( dam Kerryfair Prima Donna) who was also a very influential sire and sired a multitude of top winners.
Ceannroe Lucky Charm at Crimbledale in 1995 who won a CC at Darlington in 1998 under Shelagh Vant .
Crimbledale Winter Thyme was another of his sons who I used myself and kept Lanstara Gala Thyme who figures in all my pedigrees.
Golden Choice, along with his sister Golden Melody (2CCs), had one of the most beautiful heads in the breed at that time, in my humble opinion, and he stamped it on his children and grandchildren, balanced with a refined skull, raised brows , chiselling, soft gentle eyes that made you melt when you looked into them .
Golden Melody was mated to her half brother Crimbledale All Gold ( Sh Ch Bardonhill Supergrass x Crimbledale Golden Charm) and her daughter Double Charm was mated to Gillian Barker’s Gold Fever of Balintyne .
This mating produced Sh Ch Crimbledale Country Gossip of Casperosso owned by Diane Cardwell and Maureen and Steve Mitchell’s Crimbledale Wysiwyg At Staxyll (1CC)
In addition to All Gold the Supergrass mating produced Golden Clover
who was mated to Twoacres Edward Bear at Carek and the resultant litter included Crimbledale Hello Dolly an Overseas Champion owned by Ronny and Carine Blomme .
Sue and Ellen haven’t bred Irish for a number of years now , though they have never been without one for long , Kirkavagh Sibola at Crimbledale Oldestone New Edition at Crimbledale SHCM and more recently Anlory Poachers Brook Join Crimbledale SHCM have all been part of the family. Ruby, Sue’s grand daughter has recently been added to Brook’s ownership encouraging the next generation to support the breed and show ring.
Sue has owned several breeds over the years and is very well known in English Setters, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and King Charles Spaniels. She and Ellen have made up litter brother and sister English Setters ( from a litter of just the two) over the last few years Sh Ch Crimbledale Sea the Skies and Sh Ch Crimbledale Seaing Stars. Grand daughter Ruby was delighted to be there to see the bitch gain her 3rd and crowning CC!
It is so sad that Ellen had to make the heart breaking decision yesterday to release their mother 11yr old Richecca Sea the Stars at Crimbledale from suffering.
In 2005 Sue and Ellen took on a Twoacres Cavalier when June Coates died. Topsy was in whelp and they kept a bitch Twoacres Carol Singer who went on to gain her stud book number . The first Twoacres Cavalier to do so. Cavaliers seem to have been around for a long time at Crimbledale and whenever you visited Sue and family there was always a Cavalier or a charlie wanting to sit on your knee.
Sue gave tickets in three breeds , Irish, English and King Charles. The last CCs she awarded being at the last Blackpool Ch Sh in King Charles. She should have judged Irish dogs at Setter and Pointer this month but that wasn’t to be. She judged bitches at the show some years ago giving the CC to Linda King’s Sh Ch Kirkavah Khaydara JW who went on to get BIS.
Sue was always active on committees . She was secretary on the NW Social Section of the ISBC in the 1980s for a while . I was on the committee along side her and in those days the NW was a vibrant well supported part of the country for Irish setters. There were talks, matches, dinner dances and hot pot suppers and we all had lots of fun . They were usually in the Rochdale area and I can well remember coming out of a pub late one night and being stopped by the police to check if I had been
drinking. I was quite excited that I might get the chance to try out one of the new breathlysers, but the police believed me when I said I had only been drinking coke . I drove away wondering if the people still dancing would be so lucky…
She was secretary of Rossendale Open show for many years , it was a show we all went to as we knew there would be a specialist judge on for the breed and we wanted to support all the hard work she and Ellen put in. They also ran puppy training classes which were greatly appreciated by all breeds.
My personal memories of Sue are many, traveling in their car to an occasional show to share the fuel and have some company. The laughter on the way there and back and the knowledge and food that was shared – we never got home hungry, the picnic bag was full to the gunnels “just in case”
For agricultural shows she was loaded up and often a little tent was put up . Rodney, the back room boy, was left in a deck chair guarding dogs and possessions whilst Sue and Ellen found who they needed to go and chat to before the classes went in the ring. She seemed to know everyone and no one passed by without a “Hello” to Sue .
I will miss her so much, she was straight talking and would tell you honestly how she saw things in a typical northern way. She had a heart of gold and would put her all in to anything she undertook.
To Rodney. Ellen, Russell, Ruby and family my very deepest sympathy Rest in Peace, Sue .
The family will be setting up a Just Giving page over the next few days with donations going to the Air Ambulance.
Due to covid 19 regulations at the moment, Sue’s funeral will need to be restricted to family .If any one wants further details or just to chat about Sue , Ellen is happy to be contacted.
Viv Blackshaw(Lanstara)
It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of a friend and fellow setter enthusiast, Sue Loynd. I have known Sue and her daughter Ellen since 1987 when i first started showing in the North West at open shows. Being a complete novice Sue would always make a comment as to how i did in the ring and help me to progress with my handling of my first Irish Setter (Tsar Of Eros At Orlanset  1 RCC 1 CC). She was a lovely vibrant lady with a good sense of humor, willing to help anyone new to the breed and spoke as she saw it. Sue will be sorely missed in the world of dogs. Deepest condolences to Sue`s husband Rodney, daughter Ellen and to the rest of her Family. R.I.P Sue Xx 
Dave Hemmings (Orlanset)

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Ray Luto 27/10/2020
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Ray Luto loving husband of Pat Luto (Rappatty).
 
Gill Hart write`s:-
It is with great sadness I am writing this post at the request of Pat Luto’s son Robert.
Tuesday 27 October Pat’s husband Ray passed away peacefully at home.
Ray had suffered from ill health over the past few years, Pat, Wendy, Marie and Robert have lovingly cared for him throughout this time.
Pat and Ray had been together since Pat was 16 years of age, together they raised their 3 children and shared their life lovingly with their beloved Irish Setters under the affix Rappatty.
Graham and I were honoured 13 years ago when they allowed us to bring home Etney, since this time we have forged a life long friendship.
Rays ill health never got in his way, he was an avid photographer, taking beautiful photos of their beloved setters. He supported Pat ringside when she showed her Setters and was always the most gentle natured and polite gentleman with a wicked sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye.
Graham and I are honoured to have known such a wonderful man and along with all their ‘doggy’ friends offer our sincere condolences to Pat, Wendy, Marie, Robert and grandchildren.
RIP Ray xxxx
 
 
Tony Dines 17/10/2020
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Tony Dines.
Tony was, for many years, the treasurer of the then ISBC Rescue Scheme.
He was, with his late wife, a great supporter of our breed.
Tony’s funeral will be held on Thursday the 29th October 2020 in Coventry.

Tribute From Brian Ross

I was very saddened to receive the news that Tony Dines has died. I knew Tony for over 50 years from the time when both of us and our wives, Carol and Greta, joined the ISBC in the same year of 1968, and both with youngsters bred by Sybil Lennox. Tony and Carol had Brackenfield Rory, a big, sturdy dog considered large compared to the norm in those days, and we had a sweet bitch Brackenfield Bette. As time went on Tony and Carol continued to show in a moderate way with dogs in their Chartley affix but both rapidly became more involved in the administrative and welfare side of Irish Setters.

Tony joined the ISBC committee in 1973 under the chairmanship of Bernard Rogers and, with Barrie Rhodes retiring at that time due to work pressures, Tony immediately became Honorary Treasurer and also a member of the recently formed Rescue Sub-Committee of which Barbara Rogers was Secretary. In 1977 Bill Sturgess retired as Treasurer of Rescue and Tony immediately resigned his position as Treasurer of the ISBC to be succeeded by Jennie Lee (later Reed) in order to become Treasurer of Rescue until his retirement from that position in 2007. I can do no better than to quote the words written by Barbara in the 2007 Year Book with which I totally agree: “When providing this report on behalf of your Rescue Committee, I take the opportunity to thank the many ISBC members who put their family and dogs on hold in order to support the Rescue Scheme. This time I record a very special thank you to Tony Dines, our Rescue Treasurer of thirty years standing, who has asked to be relieved of his duties. Tony’s period of service, which included management of the Rescue Open Show, together with the many home visits and dog transfers that he and his wife Carol have carried out over more than three decades, not to mention the elderly and sick dogs they have taken into their own family is recognition of their devotion to Irish Setters, the Rescue Scheme and the ISBC.”

My personal memories of Tony are of a man who was clear about what he sought to achieve in relation to the welfare of Irish Setters and determined to the point of stubbornness in pursuit of it. It was typical of him and Carol that they chose to mark their very deep personal grief on losing their son, Andrew, at a very young age by donating trophies to the Club in his name. When Carol herself died Tony again turned to the Club to remember her by setting up the Carol Dines Memorial Award to recognize individuals who do great service to the club and the breed behind the scenes.

As we continued to keep in touch I enjoyed receiving regular updates on from Tony on his retirement job as a guide, I believe for the National Trust, until his health no longer allowed.

Finally, I would like to recognize and express very sincere thanks on behalf of all Tony’s friends to the officers and other ISBC members accompanied by their Irish Setters who continued to make regular visits to him in his final retirement home in Coventry. I’m sure they wouldn’t have minded taking second place in his attentions to the redcoats!

Brian Ross

Gaye O`Connor 29/08/2020
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It is our very sad duty to report the passing of our committee member Gaye O`Connor. Please see below some tributes from her friends. Our sincere condolences go to her husband Eamonn and sister Wendy.

 

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my friend and fellow setter enthusiast, Gaye O’Connor, at an age when she should have been enjoying a well earned retirement with her husband of 42 years, Eamonn. Gaye had grown up with dogs as her mother bred Rough Collies so it was a natural progression that Gaye, in turn, should devote herself to breeding and showing dogs although, of course, she chose Irish Setters as well as Irish Red & White Setters and miniature poodles. There were also pedigree cats.Gaye had her first Irish Setter in 1973 and began her show career the following year, joining the Irish Setter Breeders’ Club in 1977 and building her knowledge of dogs and dogdom to become a well known character in the show world, not only breeding good dogs but judging and active participation in both Open and Championship show management. In her professional life, Gaye was an English teacher and she had a lifelong appreciation of the literary “greats” witnessed by the fact that many of her dogs were named as characters from Shakespeare, Austen, Hardy and the Brontes. Two such were Caispern Polonius (William) retained by Gaye and Caispern Lorenzo, (Louie) owned by Helen Cohen. Both these dogs won CCs as did several other dogs that Gaye bred and exhibited. Gaye exported quality dogs to the USA and to Europe and had many friends both here and abroad. Her judging career meant that she awarded CCs in both the Irish Setter breeds and she judged abroad on several occasions. Gaye was a vibrant personality and the show world will be the poorer for her passing and I’m sure you will join me in sending deepest condolences to Eamonn and to Gaye’s sister, Wendy.

Gloria Horrocks- Irish Setter Breeders Club

In late 1980s and 1990s Eamonn and Gaye regularly exhibited their dogs on the Southern Irish Show Circuit, whilst also visiting Eamonn’s family. Gaye welcomed newcomers to The Circuit with open arms, invited them to social events, and this warm reception by Gaye and Eamonn will always be well remembered by many first time exhibitors.We passed many hours discussing secondary level state education. She taught English for many years. Gaye entertained her audiences with sympathetic,often amusing, tales of life in the classroom. If you asked Gaye for an opinion on any subject you could guarantee a straightforward ‘no holds barred’ honest, direct response.Therefore she was highly regarded by all who knew her. Gaye was well liked and admired by all who knew her.  She always had a shine and sparkle about her. When I think of Gaye I think of brightness, light, a vibrant colour.Someone who loved life, laughter and fun.

Adrienne Callister-Irish Setter Breeders Club

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Gaye O’Connor, Caispern Irish Setters and CaispernIrish Red & White Setters, after a devastating short illness.Gaye was a good friend to many of us and a fellow exhibitor.As a youngster she was no amateur in the world of show dogs as her mother had bred and shown Rough Collies. Gaye started out in IRWS in the mid 1990s with an Ardbraccan bitch bred by Trudy Walsh and went on to make up an Irish Champion and she also bred SH CH Caispern Roddy Owen at Oldestone owned by David and Val Wade. Gaye’s stock was also the foundation for a number of other successful IRWS lines. Gaye was without doubt the backbone of the Irish Red & White Setter Club of Great Britain, a long serving committee member she was also Chairman of the club for two years. She was also on the Rescue sub-committee and always ready to help an IRWS in need. Gaye was a member of our Breed Education Sub Committee and led the development of the recent Multiple Choice Question paper for the then JCF. She delivered Breed Specific Seminars in an informative,amusing and professional way, a product of her teaching background. Gaye was also our well organised show manager.Gaye’s first love was Irish Setters, she started out in the mid 70sbreeding a number of ticket winners and Irish Champions, shown in the main either by Gaye or owned and shown by her good friend Helen Cohen who showed Gaye’s breeding in both IRWS and IS.Helen is still showing one of Gaye’sCaispern Irish Setter boys. Gaye wasa committee member of the Irish Setter Breeders Club and their Assistant Show Secretaryand she was also the Secretary of Sutton Coldfield & DCS for over 20 years.Last year Gaye became a member of the Kennel Club. She was proposed by dog people completely out of our Setter breeds which shows the regard she washeld in the world of dogs in general and had enjoyed some lovely lunches there with friends.Gaye passing is a tremendous loss to our Club, her friends and family. Our deepest condolences go to her husband Eamonn and her sister Wendy.

Mary Blackwell Sherratt-  President Irish Red &White Setter Club of Great Britain

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Mr Bob Boutell (Ixia)

A wonderful tribute from Hannah Boutell after the sad loss of her lovely Dad Bob. Our sincere condelences to Hannah and all of her family xx

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Lynne Dale - 21/09/2019

We were all so shocked and saddened to hear the news that Lynne Dale had passed away on the 21/09/19.

Lynne currentley served as the ISBC health co-ordinater and had done this duty for many years. We will not only greatly miss her knowledge and commitment to the ISBC but also the Irish Setter breed in general.

We are all still in shock at the moment, but clearly our condolences go to her family and friends at this very sad time.

Funeral arrangements
For those of you wishing to attend to say a final farewell to Lynne the details of her funeral are as follows:

1pm Wednesday 9th October 2019,
Wakefield Crematorium,
Standbridge Lane,
Crigglestone
Wakefield
WF4 3JA

and afterwards at:-

The Station Pub

Bretton Lane,

Crigglestone,

Wakefield

WF4 3ER

Lynne Dale
Lynne pictured in 1983 with her ShCh Wendover Royal Justice
Mr Keith Lewis 22/11/18
Mr Keith Lewis (Kegil)

We are so very sad to record the passing today (22.11.18) of

Keith Lewis, Kegil Irish & English Setters)Keith , with his late wife Gill were great supporters of the breed, he served on the committee of the ISBC as Secretary for many years and was a popular and gentle man.

Keith had endured poor health for some time but he was always able to greet friends old and new with a smile and a warm handshake.

Keith’s love of dogs and his service to the breed was recently celebrated by the ISBC , he accepted his award with his customary humour and grace. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends throughout the world.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Tues Dec 18th 12:45 at St Mary Magdalene,Tanworth Green, Tanworth-in-Arden, West Midlands, B94 5AL

Followed by the Wake at The Oak Hotel, Hockley Heath,Stratford Rd, Hockley Heath, Solihull B94 5NW (4 miles from the church)

If you are intending to attend please notify Kevin Venables via email: kevin@arunset.com or on 07549167429

Catherine "Kate O'Callaghan: 18/02/1934-27/08/2018
Kate O'Callaghan (Merrybourne)

Catherine “Kate” O’Callaghan: 18/2/1934-27/8/2018 – from Brian Ross (President Irish Setter Breeders Club)

As many of her friends will know, Kate O’Callaghan has experienced a number of health problems recently, involving stays in 3 different hospitals, including surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, before returning to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury.

Sadly, her health took a downward spiral and she passed away on the morning of Monday 27 August, in the presence of son Mark, and members of her family… to whom we send our sincere condolences for the loss of our treasured friend.

Below are the words offered in our ISBC Yearbook 2007, when Kate stood down from her role with the club – RIP Kate x

“This photo is offered as a tribute to our retiring Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Kate O’Callaghan; our Chairman, Brian Ross, charts Kate’s service to the ISBC committee in his report for 2007.  However, suffice to say, Kate is held in great affection by our members – not to mention a modicum of trepidation at membership renewal time if we’re late with our subs!  

We wish you a truly happy and healthy “retirement” Kate – although, somehow, I don’t think you quite understand the concept yet and we’ll still be seeing you lending a hand here and there. 

With warmest wishes from all your friends and colleagues”

“This edition of our Year Book will, as usual, be circulated to members in the early months of 2008 and by then all will be aware that Kate O’Callaghan, our Honorary Treasurer and Membership Secretary, will be retiring from the Committee at the 2008 AGM.  With 32 years unbroken service I am certain that, in terms of Committee membership, Kate is second only to Miss Sybil Lennox. 

Kate first joined the Committee in 1976, at which time I had been on the Committee for two years and was therefore one of those delighted to welcome and work with her until work commitments made it necessary for me to resign in 1979.  From the outset, Kate was ready to take on any task and very quickly became Cup and Diploma Secretary – a job she carried out until she succeeded Jennie Lee (known to everyone these days as Jennie Reed, our legal adviser) as Honorary Treasurer in 1981.  At this time the role of Membership Secretary was a separate function until Kate volunteered to add it to her existing role in 1983.  It is important to remember that at this time, with the rapidly growing popularity of the breed, our membership was also increasing very fast bringing with it a substantial increase in workload for Kate.  Typically, not satisfied with this, Kate added to her multi-tasking by taking on and significantly developing the Club’s sales activities.  It will come as no surprise that the Committee has decided to split the three roles after Kate’s departure in order to encourage others to volunteer for them!!

How does one summarise the vast contribution Kate has made to the ISBC over a complete generation?  One can only admire and celebrate her dedication and commitment to our breed and Club.  She joined the Committee when Chris Tonkyn was Chairman and has seen six chairmen before me come and go in the intervening years.  By a happy coincidence, I was present when she joined the Committee and am delighted to be in the Chair at this time to have the honour of thanking her for her total dedication to serving the Club.  I am sure members will enjoy memories evoked by the photo montage tribute assembled by Sandy Waterton appearing in this issue.

Of course, being Kate, she has not totally retired as she will be taking on the role of Treasurer of the ISBC Rescue Sub-Committee.”

Kate never forgot her friends… and, right up until she went into hospital I, and I’m sure many others, enjoyed a weekly chat on the phone with her – what a wonderful lady.

Brian Ross (Hon President ISBC)

Brian McAvoy 06.06.55 -23.08.18
Mr Brian McAvoy (Cymbeline)

Brian McAvoy

06.06.55 -23.08.18

We are so very sad to share the news of Brian McAvoy’s passing. He was an inspiration to many , his friendliness and knowledge of both working and show Irish Setters were both freely given. He will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences to Brian’s brother Bill and his Mother June and to all who knew this kind and thoughtful Gentleman.

Mrs Brenda Levick (Corrieacas)

We are saddened to report the sudden death of Mrs. Brenda Levick of the notable Corriecas kennel on Thursday 25th January at the age of 82 years. The Corriecas kennel was established in 1963 and older exhibitors will remember her success with Sh. Ch. Corriecas Fagan, culminating in winning Reserve Best in Show at Crufts in 1983, no mean feat at that time.

Recently Brenda was obliged to go into a nursing home due to frailty, but was visited quite regularly by friends who took their Irish Setters for Brenda to admire. Brenda never lost her love for the breed and during these visits would proudly show off the dogs to her fellow residents.

With Deepest Sympathy to her Family and Friends

Geoff Coupe (Timadon)

The world of Setters has lost a a great supporter , the death has been announced of Geoff Coupe on 17.02.2017

Both Geoff and his late wife Alicia were active in many areas. Geoff had been Secretary of Setter & Pointer from 1975 -2003. He was President of the ISAE from 2002.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him

Arthur Briggs (Dorred)

It is with regret that we report the death of Lifetime member of the  ISBC Arthur Briggs (Dorred) He had been in poor health for some time

Arthur will be remembered for his service to the Club as Chairman from 1983 -1987 and activity with wife Doreen in their interest in the breed.

Our sincere Condolences go to his Family and many friends within Irish Setters.

Mr Andrew Begg
Andrew Begg (Muharraq)

It is with deep regret we report that Andrew passed away after a long illness during the evening of 20th November.  Andrew Hay Begg BSc was born in 1944 in Oban, his parents were Glaswegian but his early years were spent in Cornwall.  His family moved to Southampton when Andy was 9 years old, and he was then educated at Taunton Grammar School.  He was a keen footballer playing for Southampton F.C. Youth Teams as a goalkeeper.  He remained a keen football supporter all his life. 

After leaving school he joined the Ordnance Survey, and while working there he obtained his two degrees.  It was at this time that he first met Angela who he subsequently married.  They had one son Alistair. 

Their interest in Irish Setters started in the 1970’s, and Andrew very shortly became a regular Ring Steward, and at times he gave training classes to other potential Stewards.  However, he also showed Irish Setters, and more laterally his most successful was Show Champion and South African Show Champion “Kirkavagh Kandy” and her daughter South African Show Champion “Muharraq Overberg”. 

During the 1990’s he became Chairman of The South of England Irish Setter Club and Romsey Canine Society.  He gained status as a Championship Show Judge, and awarded tickets on several occasions.  He was also a member of The Kennel Club.

After Angela’s death in 1998, he met Susan Morris in the following year.  Together they moved to South Africa where they continued showing before they returned to the United Kingdom in 2012 when they married in September 14th.  Sadly, shortly afterwards Andrew was diagnosed with cancer. Susan supported Andrew through his long and arduous battle against the disease, still managing to attend a few local shows together. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Beryl Bugden
Beryl Bugden (Duncarreg)

We are so very sad to announce the death of Beryl Bugden (Duncarreg) after a long illness . Her family were at her bedside when she passed.Beryl founded Pointer Rescue but she always had a space for an Irish Setter in her life as well as some beautiful Whippets and Vizslas. Our deepest condolences go to her family including daughter, Gina Williams who continues the rescue work. arrangements Hereford crematorium, Westfaling Street, Hereford HR4 0JE on Friday 16th September at 3.45pm,  family flowers only please.

MABEL COULTER ( Lurgavon ) 05/07/1929 - 23/07/2016
MABEL COULTER ( Lurgavon )

With great sadness we report the passing of Mabel Coulter in Northern Ireland following a short illness.

It is with great sadness and heartfelt loss,of our dear friend and mentor, Mabel Coulter that we write this.
Mabel died 23/7/16 following a short illness,having celebrated her 87 th birthday  on the 5/7/16.
There were three things Mabel held very dear  her family, her dogs and her close friends.
She was immensely proud of her children Wilson ,Billy and Meta and her many grandchildren  revelling in their achievements. The highlight of her week was a Thursday visit to her three great grandchildren who affectionately called her ” grand gran”.
Mabel was born into a farming family,in Newtownhamilton on 5/7/1929, from which her love of animals stemmed.
She had a wealth of experience and knowledge of dogs having owned,bred and shown  under her Lurgavon affix,German Shepherds,Cavaliers, Poodles,and Cairns but is probably best known for her Yorkshire Terriers and beloved Irish Setters.
Indeed it was through her Irish Setters that we first got to know Mabel.
Based on Cornevon Lines, Lurgavon setters were renowned for their sound movement and good temperament, traits she was always very proud of and endeavoured to maintain in her breeding programme.
Her dogs have been used as a foundation for many kennels here and abroad.Indeed one ended up in the Palace of Sudan Hussain.
Mabel enjoyed the show scene  where she could be seen sporting her red blazer in the Irish and Yorkie rings, until very recently, her last show she attended being Banbridge this year as a spectator, the last one she exhibited at was the Northern Ireland Gundog of the Year, where her beloved Ringo (Irish Sh Ch Lurgavon Ringleader JunCh Cw’08)was 3rd in Veteran. Mabel was also qualified to judge many breeds and awarded CC’s in Irish Setters.
She was highly respected in the dog world, forthright and honest in all her ways, with a wicked sense of humour and a quick wit.
Gillian and I had many a laugh at shows with her, we have missed her presence over the last year, but telephone calls were always the norm on a Saturday and Sunday to keep her in the know.
Always one of the first to encourage and help new exhibitors and impart some of her vast knowledge and experience Mabel was passionate about her Irish Setters.
I feel privileged to have owned and bred from the Lurgavon lines the basis of my Edenaveys kennel.
To us Mabel was more than a friend, she was part of our family and will be greatly missed. We are grateful to her family for allowing us the opportunity to visit Mabel yesterday. We wish to express our sincere condolences to her time at this sad time.

Karen McKelvey & Gillian Sterritt

Christine Heron (Caskeys)

We are sad to report the death of Christine Heron (Caskeys)

A forthright lady who will be missed by all who knew her. She fought her battle against Cancer with fortitude and courage.

Our condolences to her husband Bob and daughter Fiona.

Our thoughts go to her worldwide friends , of which she had many, at this sad time

James S F Smith (Reddins)
James S F Smith (Reddins)

It is with sadness that we record the passing of Jim Smith, our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Priscilla and to his many friends world wide.

Rose Magee (Jonromac)

“ John Magee writes:

My Mother, Rose Magee, passed away Tuesday 12th January in Cambridge (aged 96) and, as per her wish, she has returned to Medway for cremation Monday 8th February at 11.15.  Mum had Irish Setters in her life for over 60 years and attended many shows with me through the years; she is “ro” in the Jonromac affix, my Dad being “mac”.

All donations to The Irish Setter Breeders Club Rescue Scheme c/o John Weir Funeral Directors, 130-132 High Street, Rainham, Kent ME8 8AR. (01634 373111) ”

Ruth Ellis (Brayville)

“It is with great sadness that I must inform everyone that Ruth Ellis passed away on Monday 15th December.  She had been in intensive care at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for the previous two  weeks.   There will be a short service at Caversham Crematorium at 2.15pm on 5th January.  Her husband John would like everyone to know that he is not encouraging people to attend.

Ruth has been connected with South of England Irish Setter Club for many years and was always a staunch supporter even though she was no longer our Treasurer or on the committee. She was well known for her Brayville Irish Setters and bred several Show Champions.“

Meg Webb

Deb Bouttell (Ixia)

So very sad to hear of Deb Bouttell’s (Ixia) passing on 23.09.15. This amazingly strong lady had been plagued by heart failure for some years and had defied all the expert medical prognoses with an indomitable spirit.  She and husband Bob, who also has been unwell for some time, were a source of constant encouragement for daughter Hannah and their dogs, and they could both be seen trundling along in matching motorised buggies at the shows.  Our sympathy goes out to Bob, daughter Hannah and husband James, son Ben and his wife Nina, who have all been such a wonderful support for each other.

“The family would  like to thank everyone for their support and kindness – it really does make all the difference. 

Deb Bouttell’s Funeral took place on Wednesday 7th October at 3.15pm at The Wessex Vale Crematorium .

Ray Hurll (Carramore)

It is with sadness that I record the passing of Ray Hurll, husband to Maureen on the morning of Monday the 24th of August 2015 after a long illness patiently endured. Maureen and Ray had married in 1952 and together had enjoyed the company of many Irish Setters under the Carramore affix. Ray had also been Treasurer of the Irish Setter Rescue Group Charitable Trust for some time, supporting Maureen in her dedication to helping Irish Setters in distress. Ray and Maureen had always valued their dogs as part of their family and on one occasion when a determined overseas buyer had asked Ray to name his price for a particularly loved dog he had replied with remarkable good humour and wit that “Maureen would rather sell me, before she sold the dog”. He will be missed.

Maureen would like to thank all those who sent cards, letters and flowers.

LIZ TURNER (FOXFLEET)

Liz passed away on Tuesday 30th December, she had Irish Setters for many years and had served as a committee member of the South of England Irish Setter Club for some years.
The last litter that she bred was by Marquis and produced Pheanna of Clonageera dam of Am.Ch. Pure Geniuse (Jason), of whom she was very proud. . In later years she went into Poms.Our deepest sympathy goes to to her family at this sad time : From Pat Rutherford (Clonageera)

Funeral Arrangements

Liz’s funeral is on Tuesday the 20th January at the Yeovil Crematorium (BA20 2EJ)  at 11.30.am

No flowers please, donations to the ISBC Rescue in her memory.

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John Morely (Kylenoe)

We are extremely sad to announce the passing of this dear friend of the Club . John was laid to rest in his beloved Derbyshire at the end of April.

He was a stoic and loving support to wife Wendy to whom we offer our deepest condolences.

John Quinn (Wickenberry)
Our thoughts go to John’s wife Jean and their son John at this sad time.John Quinn (Wickenberry) was a quiet man who enjoyed and shared love of the Irish Setter with Jean. Never in the spotlight but never the less a strong support he will be greatly missed by family and friends
Pauline Perriam (Elaphill)
With regret at her passing we record the death of Pauline Perriam (Elaphill).Pauline had geat affection and knowledge of Irish Setters and was a founder memeber and President of the Irish Red and White Setter Club.Our condolences to her family and many friends
Ivor Gittings (Roftmar)

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Ivor Gittins (Roftmar)

Ivor was proud to be President of the Irish Setter Club of Wales and had been an enthusiast of the breed for over 50 years, although a nonagenarian Ivor was still very active within the breed. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Our deepest condolences go to Ivor’s wife Margaret.

Funeral Arrangements:

Thursday 5th February at 2.00 pm at Christchurch, Chapel Street, Oswestry, SY11 1JN and afterwards at the Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry.

John Powis (Amberwave)

It is with regret that we mark the passing of John Powis (Amberwave) on 17th October 2014.

Our thoughts are with John’s wife Maggie and their family at this very sad time.

It was John’s express wish to have a family and close friends only gathering to say farewell.

His family have requested no flowers, but if you would like to make a donation to MacMillan cancer care in John’s memory please send a cheque made payable to ‘Macmillan Cancer Care’, to David Bell, Heathfield, Pound Green, Button Oak, Bewdley, Worc. DY12 3LL

Mary Duncan (Tyndrum)

We record the sad passing of Mary Duncan on the 10th September. Friends and family gathered to say a last farewell at Kings Lynn Crematorium on the 10th September 2014.

Mrs Pat Rhodes (Fearnley)
Mrs Pat Rhodes (Fearnley)
Mrs Pat Rhodes (Fearnley)

We are saddened to report the passing of Pat Rhodes , we offer our sincere condolences to her family and to her many friends.

The following Obituary by James F Smith  not only catalogues her wonderful career with Irish Setters but shows us a glimpse of her character and warm and caring nature. She will be missed.

OBITUARY

How saddened my wife and I were to learn of Pat’s sudden death on July 12th 2014.  Many in this breed and indeed in other breeds will I know mourn the passing of this fine lady.

As I sit here and write obituary notes about Pat Rhodes, my overwhelming feeling is the loss of someone we valued and cherished as a friend – not so much the well known “Irish Setter Dog Breeder and Judge” – but Pat the pretty, charming, considerate lady who one was always pleased to see.  She was warm and affectionate as a person and a delight to talk to.  On Irish Setters particularly her knowledge was profound and deep based upon many years of loving, owning, breeding and judging.  In other words a complete understanding of what an “Irish Setter” should be, and this knowledge which can only be acquired this way is so precious in maintaining a breed.  The Fearnley Kennel bitch lines almost always invariably pleased me personally and I felt therein lay the strength of the “Kennel”.  Our association with Pat and her late husband Barry goes back to the 1970’s.  Pat and Barry’s close association with Leeds City and District C.A. goes back many years probably to the 1960’s.  Their family home was at Otley, not so very far from Harewood House and the Leeds Championship showground.  Pat’s committee associations apart from Leeds, were with Setter and Pointer Club and the Irish Setter Association (England).  She judged Irish Setters at the Crufts Centenary show in 1991. This was the second time she had judged Irish at Crufts.  She was a member of the Kennel Club from 1979 (74) and judged the Gundog Group at Crufts in 2004.  She judged extensively in the UK breeds within the gundog group, Irish Setters, English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Welsh Springer Spaniels and Pointers . 

Pat had been involved with dogs for most of her life.  Both Pat and Barry grew up with dogs around them.  Pat initially with Retrievers and English Springer Spaniels and Barry with Spaniels I believe.  In 1961 began their all consuming involvement with Irish Setters which never wavered or changed from that point onwards to the present day.  They went on to win top honours at home and abroad for their “Fearnley” breeding in Irish Setters and Welsh Springer Spaniels.  Over the years Pat and Barry showed to distinction many Show Champions.  Apart from the lovely Fearnley bitches Pat will always be associated with a previous breed record holder Sh. Ch. Sowerhill Satyr of Fearnley bred by Olwen Hunt who won 31 CC’s and Sh. Ch. Fearnley Fire Hurricane. Both these dogs appear in the background pedigrees of not only the Fearnley’s but many other pedigrees of dogs shown today. The affix “Fearnley” derives I believe from a Yorkshire Cloth Mill family name and was indeed Barry’s second Christian name.

Pat first awarded CC’s in Irish setters in 1972.  Her International experience dates from 1973, having judged in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Luxembourg, Ireland and the USA.  In 1985 Pat judged the Gundog Group at the World Show in Holland.  In 2000 she judged in Sydney Australia and Auckland in New Zealand.  Pat’s contribution to the breed of Irish setters is considerable and is there to be witnessed in many pedigrees.

As I began by saying, Pat’s CV in pedigree dogs is illustrious to say the least and that is a matter of breed history and records.  It is impressive in itself, but for the writer it is Pat, the charming, friendly, affectionate lady who we mourn and will miss.  We shall hold that memory with affection, as will many others, particularly perhaps those in the setter world and Leeds City and District committee members who have been associated for so many years.  She was an honorary life member of Yorkshire Gundog Society, Leeds City and District C. A. and earlier this year was made an honorary life member of the Kennel Club.

Quite apart from all this legacy of success in the world of dogs, Pat and Barry stood at the centre of a family with Louise, Sally and Johnny as their children and in turn their grand children.  Pat was widowed and lost Barry some 20 years ago.  Since that time she was central to the family unit as a loving mother and grandmother.  There was certainly “life after dogs” as they say.  I know I speak on behalf of scores when I say she will be sadly missed. Hopefully you can deduce from these words in tribute I held her in high regard.  The many lovely Irish setters bred at the Fearnley  kennels  did much to sustain and enhance this breed.

lf you look at a photograph of Pat you see her nature and kindness etched on her lovely face and countenance.  It was always so and whatever the frailties which come to all with old age she never appeared or struck me as “old”. She had too much life and character in her to give that impression.  We saw her twice and spent time talking with her in the past 12 months.  She seemed well and happy and as always that lovely smile.  Ironically it was only last month she sent us a card which explains why her sudden passing did come as a shock.  As I write I did not even know her age…but then again does it really matter?  Very few possess this gift for seeming “timeless”.

To her son and daughters, Johnny, Louise and Sally go our sincere condolences and to her seven   grandchildren and two great grand sons who I am sure will find the loss of their grandmother difficult and so sad.

The funeral was held at the Parish Church of St. Giles, Bramhope on Monday 28th July at 12 noon followed by a wake at the Roebuck, Otley where the family welcomed over 170 of Pat’s friends to share some food, memories and one last glass of gin and tonic in her honour.

JAMES S. F. SMITH (“REDDINS IRISH SETTERS”)

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