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Mrs Margaret Newman

A phone call from Pauline Fox brought the inevitable news that Margaret Newman had died the previous night. She had recently moved to the Vernon Hospital, Barnsley from Barnsley General Hospital where she had been since January 8th. Despite being ill for almost 12 months her interest in Smooth Fox Terriers and the shows remained, she anxiously awaited the marked catalogues and news provided by Pauline on her regular visits. She also read the dog papers cover to cover!

When I first began showing I travelled to many of the shows with Margaret’s late husband Bill, as he campaigned their beloved Sprotboro Sincerity to her title. Margaret - Mrs Newman as she was always known - was far more than a ‘backroom girl’ being very knowledgeable, encouraging and always interest. Very much a Yorkshire lady, she was straight talking and very supportive of her local canine societies, being a past secretary, also producing schedules and catalogues.

She was very loyal to the Northern Regional Terrier Clubs, particularly Yorkshire FTC and Sheffield FTC; she was a member of the Fox Terrier Club and the Smooth Fox Terrier Association. She was made an Honorary Life Vice President of the S.F.T.A. an honour of which she was very proud, as she held the Club in great esteem.

She continued to show with the help of Anne and Les Tindle, who like Pauline were good friends and ensured that Margaret managed to get to the shows.

Three years ago she celebrated 50 years as a member of the S.F.T.A. and also her interest in the breed. She marked this by holding a dinner at the Andsley House Hotel, Barnsley, inviting about 40 friends and relatives, the result was a wonderful memorable evening. She repeated the event the following year for her birthday - again it was a resounding success.
Last year I suggested the guests get together and this time Margaret would be entertained; it was then I learnt that she was terminally ill.

Most of us lose touch with friends as time goes by - meeting up only at the shows. In this instance the opposite has happened - I have been fortunate in having the opportunity to get to know someone better. I always had a great deal of respect for Margaret Newman; I now hold her memory very dear and appreciate what a warm, generous person she was.

When I visited her last week she was surrounded by friends, her friend Harry had taken her daily ‘goodie bag’, she was cheerful and amusing, chatting about people and dogs. To Margaret her friends and family, especially Mavis and Smooth Fox Terrier Jose, meant everything. I shall miss her, and I am sure there are many people who will feel the same.

Cherry Davies