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Obituaries:
Bill Holman & Mrs Karen Olsson


Bill Holman

It is with sadness that I have to report the death of my friend Bill Holman. A fellow Liverpudlian, (though he favoured the blues) born in 1926, Bill qualified as a marine engineer, then became a general manager for Bibbys, and transferred his skills to constructing factories here and overseas.
Bill was a brave man, he beat cancer twice, the second time requiring many sessions of radiotherapy, which caused damage to Bill’s brain, causing his eventual demise.

Bill was never happier than when he was surrounded by his Weimaraners and Hungarian Wirehaired Vizslas, allowing wife Donna to campaign their stock. A most dignified man, Bill served on the North of England Weimaraner Society, firstly as a founder member, and later as treasurer, and was also a founder member of the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Association. Other local societies benefited from Bill’s quiet but efficient ways, Bill was also a regular steward throughout the country, something I know he loved doing.

To Donna, his wife of 25 years, I send my condolences. Bill was a great help to me when I was ill, something I will never forget. Funeral arrangements are not known at the moment, but I can be contacted on 01925 653158 and I will pass on the information.

David Christian


Mrs Karen Olsson

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death in hospital on Friday 26th May 2006 of our Hon. Secretary, Karen Olsson.

Although Karen’s time in office has been all too short, she will be remembered fondly by all who have worked with her and come to know her as a lively and determined officer, and one totally dedicated to her work for our breed.

Karen’s family responsibilities, her Mastiffs and Bull Terriers, and her advanced studies were all enjoyed with the same enthusiasm and commitment; and, in spite of a busy life, she responded in characteristic style two years ago to step in when a personnel crisis beset the M.A. and she agreed to accept the post of Acting Secretary having previously been a loyal and supportive member for some years.

Thrown in at the deep end, as she herself described it, Karen carried out her duties very capably and efficiently and was elected Hon. Secretary in 2005; a role that she fully intended to continue in the coming membership year.

Karen’s leadership qualities, her gift as an enabler, and as a hard-working team player will be very greatly missed and, on behalf of everyone in the Mastiff Association, I extend to her husband Andy, daughter Claire, and the family our deepest sympathy in their tragic and untimely loss.

Yvonne Richardson
Chairman, Mastiff Association