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Obituaries


Trevor M Evans

HAVING HAD time to contemplate the death of our Welsh Kennel Club Chairman, Trevor Mills Evans, who passed away on 17th December 2003, it is only proper that he has a fitting obituary to acknowledge his great contribution to dogs.

The world of dogs, and the Welsh principality in particular, suffered a great loss with the passing of Trevor M Evans.

Trevor was a keen Cairn Terrier enthusiast and was the present Chairman of the Welsh Kennel Club, an office he had held with great integrity and respect since 1991, having been a serving committee member for some 35 years.

Trevor was educated at Swansea Grammar School, and qualified as an accountant in 1948 and then solicitor in 1960. He was honoured by being appointed HM Coroner for Brecon and Radnor, an office he held until his retirement.

A Cairn Terrier man with the ‘Wyeside’ prefix having acquired his first Cairn in 1952. He was founder of the South Wales and West of England Cairn Terrier Club and was appointed club chairman in 1981. He judged Cairns at championship show level, was chairman of the royal Welsh Agricultural society Canine section since 1973. In 1982, Trevor assisted with the rewriting of the Cairn Terrier standard, instigated by the Kennel Club.

As well as a driving force within the Welsh Kennel Club, Trevor gave his time as legal adviser to the South Wales Kennel Association and was patron or president of many South Wales breed and canine societies.

Outside of dogs, his interests were many, including singing in the local male voice choir, of which he was president. He enjoyed gardening, winning first prize for his broad beans at the Royal Welsh Show! He loved watching Rugby Union and was an enthusiastic photographer.

Many of his dog photographs were published, the most famous being a front page spread of the July 1st 1960 Dog World (price on shilling). The photo was of Mrs Diana & Mrs H Hamilton’s champion Oudenarde Sandboy.

Trevor had been a Kennel Club member since 1979, and was the Welsh Kennel Club representative on the liaison council.

His last day before his heart attack was spent with the Welsh Kennel Club at their 2003 Top Dog and Top Puppy competition.

Trevor’s loss will leave a gap within the canine world and will be a hard act t follow by all in the Welsh Kennel Club.

Graham Hill
Joint Secretary, WKC

 

Robert W Crisp

IT WAS with sadness that we learnt of the death of the President of the London Cocker Spaniel Society, Bob Crisp, on 29 January at the age of 91. He had been in poor health, with failing eyesight and hearing, for some time, and had spent his last few years in a residential home along with his second wife Mabel, who predeceased him.

Bob was showing his particolour Cockers back in the 1950s and was a contemporary of Jack Griffiths (Colinette) and Harold Hallewell (Scarabell) and eventually became a Championship Show judge of the breed. However, Bob had taken more interest in competing with his Layhams in working tests and also, with his late wife Eileen, became involved in the organisation of various canine activities. Along with such as Arthur Brown (of Pug note) he used to run the big Brent Open Dog Show and he was Secretary of his local canine society, Wembley, of which he was currently President. He and Arthur were also involved with Uxbridge Canine Society for many years. Such was his dedication and loyalty that, even after moving to Luton to be near his family in retirement, he would still attend Uxbridge events in the role of Show Manager.

Bob worked very hard in various capacities for London Cocker, before taking on the job of Hon Secretary - post he held for 20 years until 1995. With Kay Baldwin as Chairman they were a strong team having everything organised with quiet efficiency. The Society’s December Ch Show, as now, was an event much looked forward to and well supported by exhibitors from far and near as one of the most important shows in the breed calendar. At his last Ch Show as Secretary he was presented with an oil painting, taken from a photograph, of one of his past dogs, Layham Workboy, one of the few show-bred Cockers to be awarded a Certificate of Merit at a field trial. Of this he said ‘You could not have presented me with anything better’.

To his family and friends, we offer sincere condolences.

Jennifer Lloyd Carey
Chairman, LCSS

 

Geraldine Tomlinson

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Geraldine Tomlinson.

Geraldine and Alan Tomlinson would have been married 40 years in April and together they have taken a very active role in the world of show dogs over the past 20 years.

Alan had had Standard Poodles, but in 1980 their daughter Lynn bought them their first show dog as a birthday present for her mother, a C.K.C.S. In 1981 they were granted their affix, Gerallyn, which is made up of GERaldine, ALan and LYNn. Over the years they added to their show interests with Affenpincers, Australian Silkies and Chinese Crested Dogs. Geraldine judged all the Toy breeds at Open Show level and awarded CCs in Chinese Crested Dogs.

She was very proud when she was passed to give tickets in Cresteds and she awarded CCs at WELKS last year.

Geraldine always took an active interest in the breed clubs, particularly on the financial side – wither as treasurer or auditor.

Together Geraldine and Alan would steward at a lot of the General Championship Shows as well as many of the local Open Shows.

The funeral service will take place at 1 pm on Friday 6th February at Crewe Crematorium, Badger Avenue, Crewe.

It was Geraldine’s own request that there be no flowers, but donations may be made to the St Lukes Hospice where she was cared for. They can be sent c/o Alan Tomlinson, 42 Sandiway Road, Crewe, CW1 3QR.

Our sympathy goes to her husband Alan, daughter Lynn and her mother.

Diana Rich