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Obituary - Mrs Pearl Crocker

IT IS WITH great sadness that I record the death of one of the East Midlands’ most stalwart dog folk, Mrs Pearl Crocker, who died at home on Wednesday December 12, after a resurgence of the illness she so bravely fought just a few years ago.

Pearl CrockerBorn in East Stoke, Pearl had always lived in the Newark area, and many of you will have known her as the efficient and diligent secretary of the popular East of England AS general championship show. In 2006 Pearl celebrated 20 years at (in the words of the Agricultural Society’s chief executive, Andrew Mercer) ‘the helm of this well oiled, well organised show’, and I am sure that next year the show will be the poorer for her passing.

Pearl showed an interest in dogs – in particular corgis – at an early age; and helped out at a local Elkhound kennel in her youth. She met her beloved Ken at a young farmers’ club, and this year they celebrated 54 years of marriage. After breeding and showing the corgis for a number of years, Pearl soon became more interested in the administration side of our hobby, and so began her many years of ‘service’.

Pearl became a committee member - and later secretary - of the Newark & District Canine Society in 1955; and had been a member of The Kennel Club since 1989. She was also committed to, and involved with, the development and running of the Newark & Notts Showground, where she spent much of her spare time, helping wherever she could.

Outside of dogs, Pearl was a keen gardener – a passion she shared with many well known dog folk.

News, especially ‘bad’ news, travels fast in the world of dogs – and at the weekend I hear that a minute’s silence was held at the Newark & Notts Showground before the start of the Lincoln CS open show – a small testament of the high esteem with which Pearl was held by her fellow dog folk.

Her funeral was held at St John The Baptist Church at South Collingham on Thursday December 20 at 11am; everyone who had come along to pay their respects was invited back to the Newark & Notts Showground to ‘celebrate’ Pearl’s life, and her unquestionable contribution to our world of dogdom.

Family flowers only were requested; donations to Cancer Research and the Medical Centre at Collingham (via the funeral directors E Gill & Son, 55 Albert Street, Newark-on-Trent, Notts NG24 4BQ, phone 01636 677461).

To her husband, Ken, and their only daughter, Mrs Jill Broadberry, may I on behalf of everyone who knew her – and from everyone at OUR DOGS - send our deepest sympathy. She will be sorely missed.

Sally Pointon