obituary Bill Lamb (Tuadore)
It is with sadness that I report the death of Bill Lamb of the famous Tuadore Pekingese. Bill died on Monday November 12th.
He has been ill for a number of years, but the last two years have been particularly difficult, and during the last 12 months he has spent much time in hospital.
Regretfully, during his most recent stay he contracted the virus C. Difficile, to which he succumbed.
Bill was partner to that great Scottish character, George Quinn, for a period of 61 years – an amazing partnership, an amazing achievement, and a partnership of great warmth, love and devotion. Together they shared a great interest in Pekingese, and during the late sixties and early seventies the Tuadore Pekingese became a force to be reckoned with, and their dogs were extensively campaigned throughout the UK.
Whilst it was never a big kennel, it was a kennel that could always be relied upon to bring out something special, and the superb presentation became a hallmark of the kennel.
The most famous Tuadore Pekingese was Champion Tuadore Master Bertie. He was the most glamorous clear, fawn that won his title and many CCs when the breed was at its zenith. He was a dog that was always immaculately presented and shown to perfection. I remember this dog winning his qualifying tickets under such distinguished breed authorities as Miss Cynthia Ashton Cross, Mrs Helen Bruce and Miss Fiona Mirylees.
His litter brother, Tuadore Flash Harry, was equally famous and distinguished, winning many Best in Shows before being exported to France. These two famous dogs, along with other Tuadore Pekingese were cleverly marketed through the advertising media of the dog press, and the regular advertisements were always eagerly awaited by readers both inside and outside the breed. The advertisements were always so cleverly constructed, and proved to be a source of great amusement and entertainment.
Bill was a respected International Championship Show Judge, and could always be relied upon for an honest, forthright opinion. His many friends will no doubt have heard the story of him judging the breed in Holland attired in full Scottish dress, and the tremendous crowd of spectators he attracted on that day. I am told that it was something that almost brought the show to a standstill.
Bill was a quiet, kind and thoughtful man who was always mindful of the needs of others, and supported George in both his showing and judging career. In fact, many a new starter in the breed owes so much to this talented and dedicated couple for the help, advice and support they gave to all newcomers.
The last time I saw Bill was at the Forth & Tay Pekingese Club Championship Show in 2006.
I was surprised at his physical deterioration, but amazed at his determination, good humour and thoughtfulness for others.
It is only natural that George feels that his life is very empty now without his partner of over 60 years, and I know that he would appreciate a line from the many people that remember Bill and himself in their prime. George’s address is 6 Afton View, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, GW6 2NA.
To George and Bill’s family and friends we offer sincere condolences.