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Philip Jull MBE VRD

A GENUINE fellow - ‘a real gentleman’ - ‘very knowledgeable’ - ‘always willing to listen’ - ‘he will be a great loss to the Club’. These were a few of the comments made by the Committee Members of the National Terrier Club when I broke the awful news of Phil’s death to them.

Phil became a Member of our Club 35 years ago in 1968. Two years later he was elected to the position of Chairman and in 1993 also became Patron. In 1995 after 25 years’ loyal service, he decided the time was right for him to hand over the reigns of Chairman, but kept on the position of Patron and was requested by the Committee to attend Committee meetings and act in an advisory capacity. This really pleased him and on the couple of occasions when he was not well enough to travel, he would send me his ‘Patron’s message’ which was read out to the Committee.

He was a perfectionist in his own right and always endeavoured to make sure the show was professionally run, with the timing of the classes and the Best in show ring to start as scheduled, but having to use the ring for some breeds and the Puppy Stakes during the day didn’t help. I remember how delighted he was when I introduced a method of having the rosettes and prizes on hand when required by the BIS judge.

Not interested in judging himself, he found great pleasure in supporting his wife Barbara on her judging appointments and also gave a lot of help to the Fox Terrier Clubs, the East of England Show (he was Chairman of the dog section for many years) and several others. He was very proud of their daughter Sara who has her own horses and is involved in settling up the jumps etc at various events. He was a real ‘Family Man’.

He will be truly missed by many for his knowledge, calmness and personality, but moreover I will miss him as an unswerving friend.

On this sad note, the Officers and Committee of the National Terrier Club offer their sincere condolences to both Barbara and Sara.

Monica Shuttleworth