It is with great sadness that I have to report the death last week of Michael Twist, and I am sure all his friends and associates will join me in sending our sincere condolences to his wife, Cynthia, daughter Diana and all his family.
Michael was a most respected Golden Retriever enthusiast of dual purpose dogs, and he and Cynthia have owned their Bryanstown affix for many years, with their daughter now having an interest in the name.
Michael owned Goldens for over half a century, and started with the breed when living in Eire, where he regularly shot over them and became involved with, and was very successful in, Field Trials and shows. He was also a member of the Irish Kennel Club for many years before returning to England, and awarded Green Stars as well as being an A Field Trial Judge.
Three of his dogs won Open Stakes there, as well as winning their Ch. Title in the Showring (truly dual purpose dogs). The first Irish Champion Cynthia and he owned was Bryanstown Diplomat of Ulvin, who had 9 Field Trial awards. Then came Irish Ch. Bryanstown Shannon of Yeo, Irish Ch.Camrose Gail, and their son Ch. & Irish Ch.Bryanstown Gail Warning, all having won Open Stakes,with Gail Warning winning ll CCs in England and 4th place in the Irish Retriever Championship in 1970. When Cynthia and he returned to this Country they brought with them their dogs and campaigned them here with great success, making up another Champion in Bryanstown Gaucho who won a BOB at Crufts and took 18 CCs.
Michael was a member of the Kennel Club here, and as well as being a Ch.Show Judge, he was on the A Panel of Field Trial Judges (one of the only two Golden breeders to have the honour of being both – now both having left us) and was always very helpful when judging at Show Gundog Working Certificate days. He was Chairman of the Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club for many years, and latterly was its President.
As well as training and breeding Goldens his other talent was in his writing, for he contributed many interesting articles to our contemporary, and wrote several books, one being The Complete Guide to the Golden Retriever, which covers all aspects of training etc.
Those of us who knew him will miss very much his friendship and his expertise in so many different ways. His funeral will be held on Monday, 5th June at 3.0pm, at St.Mary’s Church, Buxhall.