It is with deep regret I write to inform you that Mr R M W Finch passed away this week at his home in Clifford's Mesne, near Newent Glos.
Dick had been unwell for some time and had suffered not only health issues, but other personal aggravations, from which he seemed to have recovered well, sufficiently to drive to Shropshire for a brief stay last week.
Dick will be best remembered initially with his involvement with Dalmatians, Champions Merethew Hey Presto and Ch Hansom Leprechaun being the most notable. The Hansom prefix then went on to encompass Weimaraners and Dick's first of many Champions was Hansom Sylhill Odette. Dick judged at home and abroad, awarding Challenge Certificates in many breeds.
Not only those breeds took his fancy, but also Smooth Fox terriers and his passion for coursing meant that there was always a Lurcher about, the most famous being Spoof.
The Hansom prefix lives on under the care of Claire Humphreys of Malvern, who will carry on the Hansom bloodlines.
Dick was born on 11th November 1934 in Birmingham. A keen sportsman he played much schoolboy cricket and rugby, games at which he excelled. National service took Dick to the Far East, and his skills at sports made him a natural to represent the RAF on many occasions. He continued to play at top level until his mid forties with much success.
When his rugby days were over he took to hunting as his pleasure and followed the Grafton, and later the West Somerset Vale and he will be remembered with affection as been a good man across country.
Dick was married on three occasions, Firstly to Jean who bore him two fine sons, Simon and James, later to Sally and then to Anne. All survive Dick and are happily re-married.
Following the post mortem the funeral arrangements can be addressed. I expect that there will be a cremation and his ashes scattered on the Quantocks, I know the very spot that would seem fitting as a resting place for a truly sporting gentleman, who has brought much to the English Country scene.
John G Lamb