Sadly, Jean Waring passed away, peacefully at home on Friday May 21st., writes Keith Nathan. She was 83. Jean had not felt well for most of this year, but three doctors had found nothing. It was only following a scan in hospital that she was diagnosed as being seriously ill and this was less than four weeks ago.
Although known for Bath Canine Society, Jean actually hailed from Altrincham where she was born in February 1921.
Destined almost from birth to be involved in the world of dogs, her grandfather had his own prefix and had shown dogs for many years and she had grown up with a variety of breeds at home with her parents.
After finishing school. Jean had a short period on the stage and then at 18 years old decided to open up a hair dressing salon with her childhood friend Iris. At the same age she met Geoffrey Waring and after a two year, often fiery, courtship, they married in 1941.
Geoffrey was in the Royal Air Force which resulted in them moving to various locations, eventually settling in Bath when Geoffrey moved into The Ministry of Defence. Jean and Geoffrey had three children, Gail, Gillian and John.
In the early 1950s they founded their own kennel under the Ramah prefix. Jean had a genuine love of dogs and kept. Labrador Retrievers, Flatcoated Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Bulldogs, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and a rescue Irish Water Spaniel ‘Murphy’.
They were successful exhibitors, making up 15 UK Champions with many more overseas. Jean also enjoyed judging and was approved for; Labrador Retrievers, Flatcoated Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers and the Gundog Group.
But it is for Bath Canine Society that Jean and Geoffrey were best known becoming committee members in 1959 and Geoffrey into the position of secretary in 1961, taking the show from a 1500 dog event in the centre of Bath to a show which has exceeded 12,000 dogs, had its own showground of over 40 acres, a major shareholding in Bannerdown Benching and financial stability.
All of this through hard work, Jean, together with Coralie Holloway, baking cakes, making and serving refreshments and giving unstintingly to the cause.
Jean has been Assistant Secretary for over 30 years and has never been known to lose her temper, even with the most difficult of exhibitors.
Jean and Geoffrey remained "best friends" until his untimely death in 1991 and only missed by a few months in celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Jean was actually the kindest person, never forgetting a birthday or sending a special little gift if she saw something whilst out shopping or a four leaf clover whilst walking the dogs.
She was one of the most genuine, delightful, witty, caring and dignified people that you could know, doting on her children and grandchildren. The world of dogs will be a poorer place for her passing.
Our sympathy must be extended to her children, Gillian, Gayle and John and to her grandchildren, Katie, Mark, Richard and Jonathan, for she will be sorely missed.
The Funeral service is to be held at St. Swithin’s Church, Church Lane, Bathford on the 8th June at 11.30am. Family flowers only please. This will be followed by a private cremation.
Jean was a long-time supporter of The Orang-utan Foundation and any donations are to be sent there please to:- The Orang-utan Foundation, 7 Kent Terrace, London. NW1 4RP
I think that this shows Jean’s humour right to the end, and the fact that I received a birthday card from Jean on the day of her death shows how much she thought, selflessly of others.