The Irish Setter world has lost one of its most devoted advocates for the breed in the passing of Maureen Hurll. She died at home after a long period of illness bravely fought.
Her love for the Irish Setter began many years ago when she was brought up by her Grandmother in rural Ireland, she was not born in the Emerald Isle but her love of the countryside, music and the arts would have been nurtured by these early years. Maureen recalled to me an old fashioned catholic upbringing which was strict but with a humour that set her in good stead through her life.
With husband Ray, Maureen was a well-known figure in the dog showing fraternity during the 60’s and 70’s onward. Maureen was so very proud of her dogs, “winning was always a bonus “she said “but more important is to have a dog you could live with and enjoy”. Forthright and painfully honest on occasion, she was popular as a Judge. It was a pleasing coincidence that at the Midlands Irish Setter Society inaugural Open Show in 1982 Maureen was the chosen Judge and four years later at the MISS first Championship show her lad, Carramore Irish Moonshine took his third CC and was crowned a show Champion. This was to be her second Champion, Sh Ch Hurricane of Carramore being her first.
Maureen served on the Irish Setter Breeders Club committee as Hon. Secretary but her greatest achievement began as she established the Irish Setter Rescue Group Charitable Trust, Maureen always asserted that it was the first Irish Setter Rescue in the UK.
Hundreds of dogs have found their homes over the years guided by Maureen. Ray continued to work beside her as Treasurer until he became debilitated by illness and sadly died in 2015. The Charity went from strength to strength with Maureen ploughing a furrow of fund raising events drawing in celebrities and setter folk who came together to celebrate the breed and support the important work of the ISRGCT. Trustees came and went but the enduring force was always Maureen because for her, Irish Setters were her life.
Maureen had been unwell for some time but her stoicism and work ethic were so strong that only friends knew just how ill she was, she told me “I don’t have time to be ill, I have work to do!”
Just a few months ago Maureen entrusted her beloved Rescue to Independent Setter Rescue & Rehome when the two Charities merged. Maureen’s work will continue although she has earned her rest, we should never forget the effort and emotion that created and maintained the Irish Setter Rescue Group Charitable Trust and the enormous honour she has bestowed upon Indie Rescue to continue carrying the flag.
The world is poorer without Maureen’s wicked wit and laser tongue, sadly there are no close family but good friends she had and they will remember her with affection and in some cases, with more than a little awe! She could be fierce and uncompromising, some may see those as faults but they were part of her amazing character and were so often part of her strength to complete a task begun.
For those who believe in the legend of Rainbow Bridge one can imagine the flood of Irish Setters rushing to greet her again in joyful reunion.
May God keep you in the palm of his hand Maureen, a long life, well lived.
It is with great personal sadness that I report the passing of Pat Brigden,one of our Clubs founder members,and one of the most passionate supporters of our wonderful breed .Initially in Irish setters for many years where she had a lot of friends and was a member of the South East Social Committee.She became interested in Red and Whites and bought her first red and White from Joyce Webb in the early 80,s and went on to become a prominent figure in the breed under her Autumnwood affix with which she had many successes,she was also a founder member of the Red and White Setter Club of Great Britain with whom she became a Vice President.Pat was so enthusiastic for the breed that she did a tremendous amount of research and produced “The Irish Red And White Setter “ in 1989,a book which is still popular across the globe today.
She was a tireless worker and she would stand up for her argument in any quarter especially at AGM,s and in particular in controversial times,eg,when the outcross programme was announced she had a few choice words to say about that,and often at the kennel Club AGM,s
I have personally known Pat since the early 80,s and I helped her to run the ringcraft classes in Caterham,Surrey,for many years,through to more recent times when we worked together on the Kennel Club Gazette after a change of heart by the KC reinstated the publication. Here she met another marvellous friend,Ron Stewart,of King Charles Spaniels ,and from whom Pat obtained her last dog Poppy,a King Charles.
Her life changed in recent years when she moved from East Grinstead ,West Sussex,away from her many friends ,in particular her great friend Maureen Newman who saw Pat almost daily and was a marvellous support to her.She moved to Somerset to be near her ailing son who sadly passed away shortly after she moved there.Fortunately her daughter and her husband moved there at the same time so she had family around her in these last years,and Maureen visited frequently which was a massive comfort to her.
She will be sadly missed and we send our sincere condolences to family and friends.The funeral is at Taunton Deane Crematorium at 2.30 on the 29th September.Donations to the Marie Curie charity would be much appreciated via the funeral directors ;Hedley Price,Mart Rd,Minehead,Somerset ,TA24 5BJ
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!
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
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.
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,
and afterwards at:-
The Station Pub
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07549167429
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)
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
“ 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) ”
“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.“
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 .
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 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)
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.
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.
Thursday 5th February at 2.00 pm at Christchurch, Chapel Street, Oswestry, SY11 1JN and afterwards at the Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry.
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
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.
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.
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”)