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Mr Leonard Pagliero OBE, FCIS

Leonard Pagliero

I am sure that many people will write of their experiences of a truly remarkable man, who died at his home on Friday 8th August, 2008. Many will write of his professional life that he pursued up to the very end in dogs, work and livery. His zest for life was immense and he had the accomplishment of being able to speak to everybody and anybody as an equal, whether noble or road sweeper.

‘Len Pag’ and I met in the early 60s when I decided that my dog and I needed to move from the village hall training club at Aston Clinton, near Aylesbury where I was stationed at RAF Halton to a larger, better training facility at Ruislip and Northwood. The place was full of characters President Lt. Col. James Baldwin who set up the Royal Air Force police dogs; Chairman Leonard Pagliero with his Hastehill Alsatians and of course his Forrarden Beagles; Barbara Woodhouse, of later TV fame; Tony and Ann West of ASPADS; Jack Comber who as a keen trialist went on to become President of SATS and many more. I found that I had volunteered to become secretary of the society and delegated to run the obedience show within a short time. Having a chairman of Len’s calibre, who acted as my mentor, was to prove invaluable to me throughout my working life and especially in working trials as secretary of ASPADS, president of Northampton working trials and chairman of Hampshire Working Trials Society. Len was delighted to be offered the role of President of this working trials society about the only officialdom he had not been asked to take on before!

Over the years our paths crossed and crisscrossed on many occasions and we always took up where we had left our relationship previously. I saw him judge at the Royal Army Veterinary Corps army dog trials at Melton Mowbray (now the Defence Animal Centre), at various dog shows around the country I would look in and see him enjoying himself, including, of course, Crufts Best in Show. I also stewarded for him when he was delighted to judge a stake at Hants WTS after many years of being out of working trials.

He always remembered my son of 4 years leading his beloved Ballad of Hastehill around the training field at Ruislip. Then attending his wedding in later years. On meeting with him more recently he was accompanied by his delightful companion Liz. When visiting him at his new home at Binfield he was always keen to find out what was happening in the world of dogs. The world was his oyster and the dog world is a poorer place without Len Pagliero. He was a true gentleman, although he didn’t suffer fools gladly, he was somebody who I will always be proud to say we were friends. My thoughts, and those of my wife, are with his sons Michael and John and their families and his loving Liz at this time. I am sorry that we didn’t get around to celebrating his 95th on the 22nd of August.

Tom Sawyer

Leonard’s funeral will be held on 26 August 2008, 12 noon at St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, Harefield, Middx UB9 6DU. Family flowers only. Donations welcome to Beagle Welfare or Moorfields Eye Hospital by cheque to funeral directions A B Walker & Son Ltd, Ellen Lodge, 157 Binfield Road, Brackneel, Berks RG42 2BB.