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Obituaries

Angela Aldridge (Craigdhu)

With the sudden death on Sunday 5th June 2005 of Angela Aldridge, Scotland and the Dachshund World has lost one of the true characters of Dogdom: writes Peter Mann.

Angel had not enjoyed the best of health in the past couple of years but never lost her zest for life and controversy.

Born into a family of privilege she was involved with dogs from childhood.

The family bred and exhibited Labradors, Deerhounds and Cairns in the twenty’s and thirties.
In 1938 Angela was presented at the Court of King George V1 and spent the season attending all the coming out balls in London.

At the outbreak of the second World War Angela was living in London and volunteered to join the Auxiliary Ambulance Service and remained in London for a large part of the war as an ambulance driver.

On her return to Edinburgh Angela became involved with the Dog Show scene again and informed her Mother she wished to have a breed of her own choice.

Angela in her youth rode to Hounds on a regular basis and enjoyed hunting passionately, therefore her new breed had to be a Hound, she fell in love with Smooth Dachshunds which were to receive her life long devotion. No show in Scotland was complete with angela and “her gang”.

Angela was a member of the Dachshund Club of Scotland for approximately 60 years, serving as a committee member, chairman and on her retirement last year was made an Hon Vice-President.

Angela was a lovely person, a great story teller, blessed with a great sense of humour and will be sadly missed.

Family flowers only please. At the time of going to press funeral arrangements have not been finalised. For further details please contact. William Purves, Funeral Directors, 106 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh EH9 1BD. Tel: 0131 447 5858


Mrs Patricia Pat Walsh (Remlaw)

It is with great sadness that I report the death of Mrs Pat Walsh of the Remlaw Rough and Border Collies. Pat passed away on the 2nd of June following a long illness.

Pat was a wonderful lady and her knowledge in the dog world - in particular her favourite breed - was enormous. One of Pat’s great assets was that she was always willing to pass on her knowledge to beginners and others. I remember well when Peggy & I started in the Rough Collie fraternity in the mid 60s her advice to us was quite outstanding.

Pat’s own Rough Collies were a joy to see in the ring and at home in Walmer Bridge; I know the three lovely sable & white Champions were her pride & joy. The collie that impressed me that Pat exhibited in the 60s was Remlaw Pat’s Choice a lovely sable & white bitch.

Pat was a great committee member and had a long standing service and commitment to The Lancashire & Cheshire Collie Club, The Preston & District Canine Society, and along with her husband Rob, she was a founder member of The North West Border Collie Club. Pat was a very good judge of the breeds always fair and positive. And she always drew a large entry at her appointments.  

In the last decade Pat moved away from the dog scene other than her own kennels at Remlaw and took up a great interest in the equestrian world; again support by Rob they established their own stable and Pat loved to ride each day, and once again her know how in animal husbandry came to the fore. Pat loved to follow sport, in particular football; her favourite team was Preston North End and she was always interested in the team and their results.

Pat was a dedicated mother of three lovely children, a daughter and two sons, in turn they all worshipped Pat, and held her in great respect. To her husband Rob children Karen, Andrew, Stuart, and all the grandchildren, we record our deepest sympathy.

The funeral was held at Southport Crematorium at 2pm on Thursday 9th June.    

Peter Bailey,
President of the Lancashire & Cheshire Collie Club


Brin Sullivan

The death aged 93 of Brin Sullivan brings back a host of memories of happy times spent at Dandyhow trying, with limited success, to match him in argument.

His sense of humour was mischievous and well honed. The argument was the thing and he would take either side except when it came to politics in which he had a deep and well informed interest. From time to time Elspeth performed the duties of assistant kennel man to Brin and, like us, enjoyed his company. He made no concessions in debate with her and gave no quarter. I suspect that it was he who sharpened her debating skills.

He would have been proud of Elspeth’s response to the suggestion made by some instant expert in our breed that no-one nowadays survived who had seen Shady Knight or Brussel Sprout.

Elspeth’s response was to point out that both had slept on her bed. The riposte was worthy of Brin himself.

I remember once at the Welsh Kennel Club he handled what was undoubtedly Dandyhow’s second string, Dandyhow Lollipop, and won Best of Breed against Dandyhow Nightcap having beaten Dandyhow Marianne for the Bitch CC. Brin, who attended very few shows, enjoyed his moment of glory and rubbing the noses of all and sundry in his success.

Brin’s infrequent attendance at shows was in some part due to his ill health, a response to advice from Wattie Irving but principally to his enjoyment of his wonderful and lovingly tended garden.

Although we have not enjoyed Brin’s company for some time we will remember him and his sense of fun with fondness and affection. Our thoughts are with Mrs Sullivan and with Kate and Steve.

Jean and Frank Jackson


Linda Collins (Wynsett)

With sadness I report the death of my very dear friend Linda Collins. Her battle with cancer had been conducted in her typical fashion with grit and determination. Only weeks ago as she and those closest to her believed that the battle had been won, this dreaded disease was back and this time Linda was quickly and cruelly overcome.

Linda has been one of the most popular exhibitors and more recently as a judge within Gundog circles. An exhibitor for nearly 30 years, Linda `made up` Champions in American Cockers and English setters. However she will be forever acknowledged for her phenomenal success as a breeder and exhibitor of her beloved Italian Spinone.

Her first Spinone Sacul Romeo Rio at Wynsett was `top rare breed` in her day and became the backbone of a breeding programme from which the large majority of all winning exhibits in the UK and throughout the world have come. The first champion in the breed Gallowdyke Wreckless Eric was a grandson of a Wynsett bitch, whilst Linda campaigned herself the wonderful Wynsett Dynasty (Sabba) to become the first champion bitch. Sabba’s son, the untitled Wynsett Jumping Jack Flash, became the breed’s most significant sire, being amongst the top stud dogs of all breeds for several years, whilst her most recent champion is the outstanding Wynsett Danzare whose show career had been cut short due to Linda’s illness.

Linda’s warm, happy and charismatic personality shone through in all aspects of her life and was reflected back on those she loved, making her a huge success as a mother, daughter, sister, and friend so valued and cherished.

Michael Gadsby


Elaine Quigley

THE SUDDEN death of Elaine Quigley from what is thought to have been a heart attack on Thursday June 2 brings to an end another long and successful association with Miniature Schnauzers as well as an equally long friendship with Pamela Morrison-Bell, which had begun with Pam leaving her Miniatures at Elaine’s kennels when she went to shows on the mainland.

As Elaine Ashworth she had a very busy boarding and grooming business at Rownhams near Southampton and bred and showed Kerry Blue Terriers. The one that immediately springs to mind was the really lovely bitch Ch Rownhams Czarina.

The first Miniature Schnauzer champion was Eastwight Sea-Music made up in 1965 with her daughter Ch Rownhams Musique the first to carry the affix made up the following year, the name giving a clue to enjoyments away from the dog scene. The Rownham and Eastwight breeding entwined over the years with perhaps the most notable, the more recent Janet Callow and Betty Fletcher owned Ch Rimmick Ringmaster bred by John and Susan Smedley, carrying neither to Eastwight nor Rownhams addix but having five generations of that breeding behind them. He was both a leading show dog and an outstanding sire.

Elaine judged the breed regularly, including the club shows and Crufts, and always had a soft spot for the blacks and black and silvers and was always encouraging and supportive for them.

A handsome, always smart woman, Elaine was rather a private person and for some years lived at Lytham St Annes, enjoying the social life of the area, dancing and her garden and with Pam attended several world shows as well as America for the Montgomery weekend.

With Pam not enjoying the best of health of late the Miniature Schnauzer ringside is now depleted of two of its staunchest fans and faithful supporters. Elaine’s two Miniatures will live out their lives with Mrs Cox, her help for many years.

There is no immediate family. To Pam we extend our sympathy at this sad time.

The funeral will take place at The Crematorium, The Lytham Park Cemetery Crematorium, Regent Avenue, Lytham St Annes on Monday June 20th at 12 noon.

No flowers are requested but donations for two of Elaine’s favourite animal charities may be sent to the Secretary of the Miniature Schnauzer Club, Sue McGrann, The Grange, Ewelby Waithe, Sleaford NG34 9PS.

Peter Newman