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Obituary - Bernard Child (Kirkabbey)

It was with great sadness that Bernard’s friends in the Pointer Club learned of his death on Saturday 9 March.

Bernard had fought a brave fight against his illness over several months and his passing will be a happy release from recent suffering. He had been cared for at home by the Macmillan Nurses, his long-standing friend Jean, and his nephew and family.

Bernard’s involvement with showing went back to the 1930’s, he was a great character whom, as many will remember, had with his partner Neville Perkins successfully shown and exhibited Pointers, including Kirkabbey Crookrise Beau, also English Setters, Irish Setters, English Springer Spaniels, Scottish Terriers and Poodles, but due to business commitments in 1969 the showing side was reduced.

However, committee work continued as they had both served on the committee of Yorkshire Gundog Club since 1957. Bernard was Treasurer there from approximately 1988 until 1991 and later in 1997 became President.

Bernard loved the Gundog Breeds especially and became a committee member of the Pointer Club in the early 60s; he took over as President following Neville’s death in 1990, and held this Presidency until 2005 when ill health made travelling difficult.

In my early days upon this committee Bernard and Neville would hold the committee meeting at their home on the edge of the river at Kirkabbey Kennels; homemade refreshments, including wonderful cottage pies, were always served and everyone was made to feel most welcome.

In addition to this Bernard was also a long serving member of Leeds Championship Show and in recent years when collecting your catalogue it was usually Bernard you met, with his usual cheery greeting, as we did only last year.

Bernard served on an English Setter committee, the breed being one of his other loves, and was also President of The Pudsey Ring Craft Club. A true dog man, he was a well-respected Gundog group judge and Gundog group specialist.

We send our sincere condolences to his nephew and family.

Aidine Howes