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Obituaries
Gilbert Grevett (Tarina)


GILBERT GREVETT who passed away on 5th April aged 81 was a journalist with the Daily Echo group of newspapers at Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole and in North Dorset where he was the district reporter, based in Blandford Forum, for 38 years having worked for 48 years in total for Southern Newspapers, writes Martin Grevett.

He met many members of the Royal family, cabinet ministers and film stars during his career and recorded everyday life in his Stour notes column.

He and his wife bred and showed a small group of Longcoat Chihuahuas. Their bitch, Tarina Song, who was sold to Mrs Thelma Gray (Rozavel) is to this day - 38 years later - the only Longcoat Chihuahua to be runner-up to the Supreme Champion at Crufts in 1971.

Their Ch Tarina Bianca established a breed record of 31 CCs, including Crufts in 1982, all before she retired at 2? years. He judged the breed as an international judge and had judged Smoothcoats at Crufts and would have judged Longcoats in 2007 but ill health caused him to step down.

As a young man he played inter-county tennis, singles and doubles for Hampshire for many years where he was the county champion, and also for Dorset and the West Hants tennis club. He represented the Bournemouth Table Tennis league and won the league title with the Westbrook Hotel side.

Gilbert and his wife Jean had just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in March. Jean, his son Martin and two grandchildren survive him.


Judy Russell
(Ballywestow Irish Setters)

JUDY HAD two great passions in her lifetime - one being her love of horses, particularly racehorses of which she had an immense knowledge of their bloodlines and achievements in racing, the second being her love of Irish Setters, writes Rita Pickersgill.

Successfully, Judy intertwined these two passions as a young lady after saving her own money to buy her first Irish from the famous Wendover kennel. A puppy was delivered by train in a tea chest who was to be Judy's foundation bitch, Sh Ch Wendover Romance. Romance was to start Judy's 45 years of showing and breeding Ballywestows, she was the only Irish that Judy bought and over those 45 years every puppy bred was named after a famous racehorse and 12 homebred puppies became famous English Show Champion Irish Setters.

It was in Summer 1974 that Tom and I searched for a local breeder of Irish, and it was our fortune that Judy wasn't too far away. After passing her very tough interview we collected our first Ballywestow and this commenced a friendship that we cherished over many years. Judy was one of life's real characters, she had impeccable manners and had a way of gaining respect without asking or expecting it. She didn't suffer fools gladly, but to those who knew her well she was a loyal, supportive friend with such a cheeky sense of humour.

In 1989 Ballywestow Fleet and Forego came to join us and I then came to know Judy in the world of showing. As a novice she gave me encouragement and support and we spent many enjoyable journeys to shows when she would relate stories from her life and childhood. Occasionally she shared little pearls of wisdom - one of these I remember was, ‘how to know if a sheep has been tupped!’

Campaigning Fleet and Forego to their titles was an experience that was enhanced by Judy's presence.

Judy's life was her dogs, if her dogs were happy then so was she; she hated the thought of anyone keeping dogs in kennels and her dogs lived indoors alongside her always. They were as full of character as was she, shared her sofa and sometimes her bed and I'm sure each gave comfort to the other when needed.

The last few years were extremely difficult for Judy due to her illness, we hope that in peace she will be resting surrounded by her beautiful Irish that went before her. A large ‘gin and it’ in her right hand and the comfort to know that, whilst she has gone, it is with the love of all her friends she has left behind.

 


 

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