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Obituaries

Ivy Potter (Toscaleda)

It is with deep regret that I have to report the death of Ivy Potter who passed away peacefully at home in Waterlooville, Hampshire on 3rd August 2005 at the age of 77.

Ivy leaves her devoted husband Les, four children, ten grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Ivy & Les lived for many years in South Ascot moving to the south coast only a few years ago to be nearer to their family.

Ivy will be remembered with great affection by those in the American Cocker breed over the past two and a half decades. In particular her contribution towards the foundation of the Home Counties breed club of which she was a founder member and her many subsequent years on the Committee.

I was honoured to work with Ivy during my time as secretary of the club in the 80’s. I only reminisced with Les this week about Ivy’s classic ‘bread pudding’ which she made for the catering table at every show and how, without exception, it was always the first item to be sold out! I am convinced there were some exhibitors who only came for the magic ‘pud’ rather than the dog show.

Always one of those rare committee people who was ‘first to arrive and last to leave’, Ivy would turn her hand to anything from handing out the rosettes to mopping the toilets. No job was to small or too daunting for her. She didn’t judge nor had any great aspirations in the world of dogs other than working for the good of the dogs themselves. She was a most unselfish lady. If only there were more like her today.

With Les, their softest spot was always kept for their dear black & tan dog Danny, properly known as Tantripps Tiger Paws at Toscaleda which they exhibited in the 80’s. I recall giving him BOB on my first ever judging appointment in the breed in 1983 and thinking then what a super dog he was, so well marked and with that typical soft American Cocker temperament. I also recall Ivy’s pride when Les was elected Club President in 1988. Apart from her family, Ivy’s time was also taken up with her love of gardening and I recall one of her greatest regrets on moving away from Berkshire was having to give up her forty-odd hanging baskets!

I am certain that many exhibitors of American Cockers will think of Ivy’s life with great love and affection. I know that Margaret & I do and we shall miss her deeply.

The funeral service will be held at Portchester Crematorium on Monday 15th August at 10.30am. Les can be contacted at 5, Cherry Tree Avenue, Cowplain, Waterlooville, PO8 8BA.

Bill Bunce


Bluey Elliott

I AM sorry to record the death of a very dear friend to the world of dogs with the passing of Bluey Elliott.

Bluey died on Thursday 4th. August following a stay in hospital. His funeral will take place on Tuesday 16th August at 1:15pm to at Harwood Park Crematorium, Watton Road, Stevenage; family only and no flowers, but donations to a Dog Charity may be sent to: Austins Funeral Directors, Letchmore Rd, Stevenage SG1 3JG

Muriel Prince