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Obituary - Ron John (Johnalenas)


Ron John fought a long and brave fight against cancer, but sadly passed away on Tuesday 6th May; he followed his dear wife Kath who was lost to him just 18 months ago.

Ron bought their first Yorkshire Terrier 1960 as a present Kath.

Kath gave birth to their daughter Karen on the 3rd December, they had their first litter of puppies on the 4th and Ron started a new job on the 5th December so life for the young John’s was quite hectic.

Their second bitch was bought locally and in due course, Ron decided to enter her for a show. As a total novice he was delighted when their Cindy Loo of Karen went RBIS and that was it, they were smitten. Working together as a team they made up 5 champions under their Johnalenas affix and 2 also won their Irish titles. They were Ch Johnalenas Silken Charm, Ch Johnalenas Silken Monarch, Ch Johnalenas Evening Sunset, Ch & Irish Ch Johnalenas Just A Charm and Ch & Irish Ch Johnalenas Love Forever.

Both Ron and Kath were active with the Committees of the South Western Yorkshire Terrier Club and later on the Yorkshire Terrier Club of South Wales, as well as The Toy Dog Society of Wales. He was also a highly respected championship show judge having awarded CCs in Yorkshire Terriers 8 times since 1986, and Chinese Crested Dogs since 2004, he was also approved to award his first set of CCs in Pomeranians at Richmond show this year. He was also an international championship show judge.

Ron was a kind and thoughtful man, highly respected as a person, as an exhibitor and as a judge.
Our deepest sympathies go to his daughter Karen, son-in-law Malcolm and 3 grandchildren Jonathan, Ashley and Nicole.

The funeral will take place on Friday 16th May at Morriston Crematorium, Swansea. Family flowers only. Donations can be made to T Owen Hospice, Morriston Hospital.

Osman Sameja

I was shocked and saddened to receive a telephone call from Ron’s son-in-law, Malcom, to tell me that Ron had passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 6th 2008. Ron had been battling prostate cancer, and seemed to be making progress. However, on a recent hospital visit he fell, banging his head, resulting in a haemorrhage. Regretfully, his medics were unable to operate.

Ron was one of the kindest and most thoughtful of people that I have had the pleasure of knowing in the world of dogs. He was a real family man who took great pride in his daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchild, and of course his darling Kath, who was the absolute pivotal point of his life. I know how difficult he found coping without Kath. He missed her so much, and there were many days of the “black dog” when he was so sad.

The world famous Johnalenas kennel was respected and acknowledged for its true Yorkie type and superbly coloured dogs, with fabulously textured coats. Kath and John made up 5 U.K.
Champions during the golden days of the breed, when they competed successfully with the senior Yorkshire Terrier kennels. Whilst five dogs carried their U.K. titles, there were numerous overseas champions. One of Ron’s great favourites was a gorgeous bitch named Johnalenas Silken Tassel, who won one C.C. and countless reserve challenge certificates. She was an exquisite example of the breed.

Ron was a respected authority on Yorkshire Terriers, and had recently started to become established as an extremely capable Championship Show judge of other toy breeds. I know how much he was looking forward to judging Yorkshire Terriers and other toy breeds at the forthcoming Championship Shows this year.

Out of this great sadness, the one comforting factor that can console his family and many friends is that he is reunited with his beloved wife, something that he longed for since Kath died.
The world of dogs has lost a true gentleman, whose generous spirit and consideration for others will be remembered by all who knew him. To Caron, Malcolm, and all Ron’s family, we send our deepest sympathy.

Geoffrey Davies

Mr Ron John (Yorkshire Terriers) passed away on Tuesday evening, 7th May 2008. He will be greatly missed by all his friends in the dog fraternity as he was such a caring and understanding person.

We at Toy Dog Society of Wales will never be able to replace Ron. He served for many, many years as Chairman and worked together with his late wife, Kath, as Secretary, as a formidable team to ensure that Toy Dog Society of Wales was a success and continued to flourish.
Words cannot express the loss we all feel and I am sure that our thoughts will be with his daughter Karen and family at this very sad time.

Toy Dog Society was a great part of Ron’s life and will, I am sure, carry on as a lasting tribute to his memory and the dogs he loved so much.

Sid Harris
Vice-Chairman
Toy Dog Society of Wales