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Obituary - Tydfil Bebb

On 29th December 2006 friends gathered to say their last goodbyes to Tydfil Bebb, one of the best loved personalities of the world of dogs, especially in South Wales.

The last few years had not been easy for Tyd, as prior to her beloved husband Ron’s death a few years ago she had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, probably more distressing for those around her than for Tyd herself. She and Ron spent their last years in a local care home where the staff gave them the best attention possible, and where they soon became very popular residents.

Although of a generation that did not necessarily consider careers necessary for young ladies, Tydfil held responsible administrative positions within the steel industry, and she and Ron fell in love with Cocker Spaniels early in their married life. Their Ronfil kennel was a small establishment where the emphasis was on quality and several Champions were produced, always beautifully prepared and handled.

Ron and Tyd adored children but were never blessed with a family of their own, however they were honorary grandparents to so many of the babies that were born to their doggy friends – they always said that the dog world was their family – and they watched many of these grow up with love and great generosity, taking great pride in their many achievements both in and outside the dog world.

The Bebbs (you could never talk about one without the other) became involved with many canine societies over the years, notably the South Wales and Monmouthshire Cocker Club, to whom they became generous benefactors and Tydfil was for many years the President of the South Wales Kennel Association where she was regarded as a Queen Mother kind of figure, revered but adored by all.

Tyd Bebb was a warm and giving person of whom no one said a bad word. Now at last she has been reunited with Ron who was utterly devoted to her.

The world of dogs is much the better for having this special lady as part of it and she will be sorely missed.

Andrew H Brace