It is with much sorrow that I have to report that Pat Carradice, well known in the GSD world for her Koesfeld affix, passed away on 28th Dec, one day before her 59th wedding anniversary.
Patricia Kilkoyne was born in May 1922 in Leeds. Following her education at Notre Dames High School in Leeds, she took up a nursing career serving initially at Monksmoor Hospital, Shrewsbury & then at the John Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford.
Towards the end of the war she met Don Carradice & they were married on 29th Dec. 1945 at St, Peter & Paul’s Church in Newport. Eventually they returned to Leeds where their only daughter Angela was born in October 1948.
In the mid 60s the family moved to Cheshire where they stayed for almost 30 yrs. until their last move to Lanarkshire in 1992.
Pat lived a very full & colourful life, was a most athletic person & was a keen Rugby, Football & Cricket enthusiast. Whilst working for the pharmaceutical company "Burroughs Welcome" she represented them playing in their very successful Netball & Tennis teams. This fitness stood her in good stead for her demanding hobby in the dog show ring. Her "Alsatians" were the light of her life. She registered her Koesfeld affix in 1954 & the following year she purchased Lorita of Noblehurst, a German bred sable bitch that gave her so much pleasure both at Open & Ch. Shows throughout the country. Other renowned dogs at Koesfeld were Karin of K., Lynwulf Oreades of K.,Ravensway Harmony of K., Andrich Annaka of K.,Shotaan’s Bronze Warrior who was the sire of the unforgettable Ch. Shotaan’s Bianca. There were many others. Angela will continue to campaign the Koesfeld dogs, not an easy task with so many memories wherever she goes.
Pat was particularly active in several leading clubs. Her roles were varied & she was always dedicated. She was for some years treasurer of the Alsatian League, ably assisting in organising their shows & the wonderful rallies of the day; Vice President of the Nth. Wales Alasatian Club; a founder member of the GSD Club of the UK where she held the position of Chairperson for 15 yrs. She was instrumental in campaigning for Ch. Show Status for the Sth. of Scotland Alsatian Club.
Having the honour of judging GSD bitches at Crufts in 1988 gave her so much pleasure & she was delighted when her BOB was pulled out in the last 6 in the group. She enjoyed life to the full, not only on the show scene but also participated in many of the social activities. She & Don were keen ballroom dancers & I recall them gliding gracefully round the spacious ballroom at the NWAC dinner dances.
I am so privileged to have known such a vivacious person, a friend & fellow participant spanning over 50 years. I am sure everyone who knew Pat will join me in sending Don, a devoted husband of almost 60 years & her daughter & best friend Angela, our sincere thoughts & deepest sympathy at this sad time.
Edith Miller (Garregddu)