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Mrs Audrey Nicholls - Mr Robert Eddleston

Mrs Audrey Nicholls

It is with much sadness that I have to report the untimely death of our Chairman, Mrs Audrey Nicholls.

Audrey was born into the world of dogs in 1939. Her parents, the late Mr & Mrs Frank Till, were granted the Darelyn prefix in 1935 and bred many curlies that went on to be Champions both at home and abroad. When Audrey was quite young her parents had breeds other than the curly coated retriever - Cocker Spaniels, Papillons, Pomeranians also the first Spinone in the UK and she was allowed to help with the handling and training.

In 1961 Audrey was granted her own interest in the Darelyn prefix and since that time has coninued to breed and produce many champions. Some that immediately come to mind are Rifleman, Reveller (USA) and her own beloved Tanya who was so special to Audrey.

Following in her father’s footsteps Audrey was Chairman of both the Curly Coated Retriever Club and Wolverhampton & District Canine Society.

Her chosen profession was a primary school teacher from which she only recently retired giving her more time to spend with her dogs.

I first met Audrey over 30 years ago and feel privileged to have known her. Having worked closely with her first as a committee member and more recently as the Club Secretary, I found her help and advice invaluable. Although she had her own opinions she was always ready to listen to other people’s points of views.

Audrey was also a well-known and respected judge both in the UK and abroad. Her appointments took her to Europe, Scandinavia, American and Australia. She had judged at Crufts on more than one occasion and had awarded tickets in Flatcoated Retrievers. She was looking forward to judging our Championship Show in 2004. Sadly this was not to be.
Audrey was the only person in this country to have written a book on the breed; this was first published in 1992 and revised in 2001. Her love and knowledge of the curly coated retriever was unique.

Audrey will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her but especially by her daughters Marie and Susie. Our sympathies and thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.

Bernice Lukes



The news of the passing of Mrs Audrey Nicholls was received with great sadness and with her passing is lost a fountain of knowledge (probably unsurpassed) of her beloved curly coated retrievers. We first met in the 70s when we purchased Ch Darelyn Crispian and we have served the breed together in many was since. She bred and showed many champions, too many to name them all, but we suppose Ch Darelyn Rifleman will be the one most people recall. Her whole life revolved around dogs and she was more than interested in many breeds but it was here curly coats who held her heart. She travelled the world judging curly specialities but sadly will be unable to fulfill one of her remaining ambitions to officiate at the UK Curly Championship in 2004.

On behalf of all members of the curly coated retirever club we send our sympathies and thoughts to her daughters Marie and Susie, also her grandchildren.

Gladys & Haydn Phillips



Mr Robert Eddleston

I have to report the death of Bob Eddleston on September 22ndwrites Sheila Dickinson-Taylor.

Bob was the husband of Pauline of the Palandro Affix.I am not sure when the funeral will be. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. For the last few years, since his last hip operation, he stayed at home and looked after the dogs whilst Pauline went to work. Their best known dog was Ch Palandro Solomon who had one of the best coats you could wish for on a Charlie. Bob happily shared his secrets of how he cared for Solomon's coat with anybody who asked.

Although Bob had to get about on crutches for the last few years he never let it get him down. If he was at a show he always cheered everybody up especially me. I know I for one will miss him more than I can say and all my thoughts and I am sure your thoughts are with Pauline at this very sad time.