SHOCK REVERBERATED around the halls on Day One of Crufts when a Miniature Longhaired Dachshund breeder and exhibitor died of a heart attack whilst manning the breed pen at Discover Dogs.
Barry Worswick, 66 from South Hereford had been a breeder of Min. Longhaired Dachshunds for nearly 20 years, alongside his wife Carole, showing under the Dolyharp affix. The couple had enjoyed reasonable success over the years and had worked very much as a partnership.
Although Barry held no official positions within any clubs, he was highly regarded by all people he came into contact with, for his cheerful disposition and ability to talk to anybody.
Carole Worswick told OUR DOGS earlier this week: ‘Barry was a great mixer, he was very much admired and liked by everyone he met; he did so much for the breed, he’d talk to anybody about Dachshunds, he was so enthusiastic about them, he loved them.
‘People have been devastated by his death and I have received so many tributes in the past few days from people who knew him. We had been working together on Discover Dogs, showing our five dogs Honey, Jack, Keira, Brett and Ailsa. Barry had been fine but he suddenly collapsed from a massive heart attack. He was taken immediately to Selly Oak Hospital, but he was already dead on arrival.
‘I am just grateful that it was very quick and that he didn’t suffer in any way. It’s very fitting that we were together when he died, with our dogs, at a show, doing what he loved. Of course I’m so sad and shocked by his death, but that has been some comfort to me, along with all the kind tributes to him that I’ve received.’
The couple had been due to exhibit their dogs in the Breed Ring on Saturday, but Carole decided not to do so. As a mark of respect, a two-minute silence was held at the ringside in Barry’s memory before judging commenced, and flowers were placed on the bench where the dogs would have been benched.
Carole is being comforted by her three children, Paul, Mark and Claire and her five grandchildren.
Barry’s funeral is due to take place on Tuesday, March 20th at Wormbridge Church, Hereford. A service will be held at 11pm, followed by committal at Hereford Crematorium at 12.40pm. Family flowers only, but if desired, donations may be made to Kingstone Doctor’s Surgery in Barry’s memory.
All at OUR DOGS send deepest sympathy to Carole and her family at this very sad time.