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Obituaries

Jim Hall (Trammerfield)

I am saddened to report the death of Jim Hall, in hospital, on the 10th September, aged 80.

Jim had not been well for some 12 months having had circulatory and breathing trouble, and he had also had a femoral bypass operation, and had not regained the health he had enjoyed prior to the operation. He was re-admitted to hospital with breathing problems and unfortunately was not strong enough to overcome this.

Jim had been involved with Dobermanns since 1957 when he purchased his first Dobermann, a bitch named Ira from a Danish ship’s Captain.

He later made up a grand-daughter of Ira to be Ch Trammerfields Du Bonny Princess and maintained his interest in the breed up until his death, although in the later years due to failing health he felt he was not able to care for a dog in the way he would like, so reluctantly his ownership of the breed came to an end.

He was a Founder Member of the Trans Pennine Dobermann Club which was established in 1964 as a branch of the original North of England Club but subsequently merged back into the NEDC in 1971, and always maintained his interest in the affairs of the Club in the role of Chairman, President and latterly Honorary Life Member. He was also a Ch Show judge of Dobermanns and had the honour of judging the breed at Crufts.

Whenever possible, he attended each of our three shows, and fittingly, the trophy which he donated many years ago to the Club, in memory of Ch Trammerfield’s Du Bonny Princess, and named after her, was awarded at our Open Show on the day he died to the BIS winning dog.

The funeral was held on Monday 18th September at 12.30 at Agecroft Crematorium, Clifton, Manchester and the family would like any donations in memory of Jim to be made to the St Francis Childrens Hospice.

Jim was a widower, his wife Ann having died some short years ago. He leaves a daughter, Ann, to whom my thanks go for providing me with the details of Jim’s early association with Dobes.

Our condolences go to Ann & her family, I’m sure Jim will be sadly missed by all who knew him. The NEDC shows will not be the same without his presence.

Judith Balshaw
PRO, North of England Dobermann Club


Fred Harwood

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Fred Harwood on Sunday, 15 October.
Fred was diagnosed with cancer shortly after Crufts last year and despite a brave battle with the disease, during which time he stoically carried out his stewarding duties at Windsor show in July, it was one he could not win. He leaves his partner, Joyce, who has nursed him unstintingly and selflessly throughout his illness.

Fred was a well-known and popular figure throughout the world of dogs. His stewarding prowess was second to none and he had enjoyed this side of dogdom for some 40 years. He was an official steward for Crufts, LKA, Windsor, Richmond, The National and City of Birmingham championship shows and I know that his services will be sorely missed by those societies.

Although never interested in handling, he had enjoyed a canine background as his foster parents, Betty and Ron Owen from Chester, were Dachshund exhibitors/breeders under the Antrobus affix.
Fred’s was always a happy and friendly face around the shows and his cheery disposition was appreciated by exhibitors and judges alike. Unfailingly pleasant and helpful to everyone, the generosity he extended to all and sundry in the bar was legendary and his great sense of humour and good company radiated to everyone around him.

I met Fred in the late ‘70s and we developed a close friendship over the years during our many encounters at championship shows. I shall miss him deeply and dog shows for me will not be the same without him.

The funeral will be held at 2.15pm on Tuesday, 31 October at Southampton Crematorium West Chapel, Bassett Green Road, off The Avenue, Southampton; afterwards at The Stoneham Arms nearby.

Family flowers only by request but donations may be made to either Cancer Research or the Countess Mountbatten Hospice via the funeral directors, Coxon & Coxon, 87 Junction Road, Totton, Southampton SO40 3BU by post or at the funeral.

Rosie Lane


Barry Hewart

I WAS very sorry to hear the news of the death of Sunday October 22 of Barry Hewart, of the Irlcadian Kennels, at the age of 59.

Originally known to many for his long time in Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, Barry then came into Hungarian Pulis, and with his marriage to Sue Chambers came the Maremmas and Norwegian Buhunds.

During his involvement in the dog scene, Barry held various positions within breed clubs and gave generous support at all times.

In recent years, Barry’s health had given cause for concern, yet he still attended many shows both as an exhibitor and judge, where he awarded CCs in Pulis, Maremmas and Pyreneans.

At the time of writing no funeral details are available.

To his wife Sue, daughter Bethany and stepchildren Felicity and Ben, go sincere condolences.

Ann Arch