John Blaber, secretary to the Finnish Spitz Society was born on 19th February 1934. He died suddenly in hospital following a heart attack on March 20th 2007 aged 73.
John, with his wife Suzi started showing Finnish Spitz in the early 1980s with their first dog Ch Toveri Kittos and have continued to show and breed since under the prefix Kikkulauta.
Despite his relatively late start in the world of the showring John’s enthusiasm and love for his dogs and the breed continually shone through. His passion and commitment for Finnish Spitz is illustrated by the countless hours he dedicated to committee work, firstly with the Finnish Spitz Club then, since the early 1990s, as secretary to the Finnish Spitz Society where he was also editor of the society newsletter. In addition he was proposed as the KC liaison breed council representative in August 2003 for the period 2004 - 2006. He also judged and awarded CCs in the breed.
Over the years he has compiled breed records that form a valuable resource for the history of the breed. He was justifiably proud of his work on this project.
During this time John earned a reputation as a fair and just man with a keen eye for meticulous detail.
Many in the breed are perhaps not aware that several years ago John was desperately ill until he was given a liver transplant. He recovered well and continued as before, working tirelessly for his family and the Finnish Spitz Society John never shirked from a challenge and was always ready to do battle for what he believed in.
His influence in Finnish Spitz and in the society will not be forgotten.
John leaves a wife and four children and will be greatly missed by many. The funeral was held at the North Eastern Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden Lane, Morden on 2nd April.
Ellen D Baird
Chairman, Finnish Spitz Society