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Ruth White (Passaford)

Ruth White, who successfully bred and showed Smooth Fox terriers, exhibiting at all the major Championship shows under the Passaford prefix, died peacefully after a long illness on Friday 9th May.

She had shown terriers all her life, but was most successful with her Smooths in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Even when she retired from breeding Terriers she still maintained a keen interest in the world of dogs and attended many shows to meet old friends right up until last year. She will be missed by her husband Fred and her family. The funeral will be held today, Friday 16th May at Awlisombe Church, Honiton, Devon. R Dymond

Mrs Marie Terlinden

It is with great sadness that I write of the sudden and untimely death of a very dear friend, Marie Noelle Terlinden of Glensheallag Flatcoated and Golden Retrievers on May 8th.

When I first met Marie Noelle in 1977 she lived in her home country Belgium. in the mid-eighties she met Bernard Chaveau, whose main interest lay in the working side of gundogs, mainly English Setters and Pointers. They later married and, in 1995, they moved lock stock and barrel, to a most beautiful property in France, which was ideally suited to their various dog activities.

Marie Noelle was a very dedicated, conscientious breeder, striving to keep on improving her stock, she was always first to criticise her own dogs if she thought they didn’t come up to her expectations, she was a very honest, down to earth person, kind and generous,who was always willing to help people. However, she did not suffer fools gladly. Her knowledge was second to none.

She s owned and bred at least 42 Golden Retriever champions. In Flatcoats she imported Branchalwood Islay, who became Marie Noelle’s first Dual Champion, she was overjoyed by this, as she trained and trialled Islay herself. In 1986 she imported two more Flatcoats, litter brother and sister Branchalwood Loch Dubh and Branchalwood Ailish. Loch Dubh was her most successful with multi-titles to his name and many trialling awards, he was a most influential stud dog,and is behind many of the present day Glensheallags - Ailish also gained her title and did well in the field.

In December 2002. much to Marie Noelle’s delight, she bred her first Flatcoat Dual Champion Rain Keeps Falling of Glensheallag, Bernard handled him, he was also Top Flatcoat 2002. She was also very proud of her own Multi Champion Night Time of Glensheallag, a most beautiful bitch. I had the privilege of seeing both these outstanding Flatcoats.

The Retriever world has lost a very clever and influential breeder, one i am sure can never be replaced, and she has left a great legacy behind. I also had the honour of owning a Glensheallag Flatcoat.

I will miss Marie Noelle’s dearly.

Maureen Scott

Barbé Hill

BARBÉ WAS brought up in Charlton Vicarage with maids and cooks. She had one of the first cars in the area. Friendships made then and the memories of life in a village rectory in the 1920s remained with her all her life.

After going to finishing school in Paris she went to India and married Reg there; Reg was in the elite Indian Civil Service. As the wife of a District Officer of a remote part of the Central Provinces Barbé lived where there was no running water or electricity and travelled to camp in a bullock cart. On returning to England, they first resided in Devizes, Wilts, then in West Byfleet when Reg was appointed to the Treasury in Whitehall. Later the family moved to Pound Cottage, Bisley where Barbé was to live for the next 40 years.

Barbé’s entered the busy social round in Bisly of that time and organised such activities as the Brookwood dog shows and the Fulton Harriers Hunt ball. She showed her dogs at Crufts and all over the country and became a well known person in the world of dogs. For many Pound Cottage became synonymous with home-made cakes, Italian Greyhounds and Dachshunds. Brothers, nieces, a much doted upon grandson (John) as well as good friends were treated to many a ‘Pound Cottage’ tea.

Latterly with Meniers affecting, then dementia, she moved into Elmfield House in Bisley and then Hunters’ Lodge near Melton Mowbray