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Obituary - George Quinn – Tuadore

It is with sadness that I report the death of George Quinn of the famous Tuadore Pekingese on Tuesday December 8th, writes Geoffrey Davies.

George suffered a severe stroke at the earlier part of this year, which left him seriously disabled, but he recovered sufficiently to be transferred to a nursing home where he spent the final months of his life, cared for and supported by his life long friends, Mr and Mrs Peter and Una McGill.

The Tuadore Pekingese very much dominated the Scottish show scene during the seventies and mid eighties. Of the many famous dogs campaigned, Ch. Tuadore Master Bertie and Tuadore Flash Harry were to become his most famous. Ch. Master Bertie enjoyed the most distinguished show career, winning his first three tickets under the breed’s most eminent authorities, Cynthia Ashton Cross (Alderbourne), Helen Bruce (Welion) and Fiona Mirylees (Beaupres). He went on to win many more tickets under the most reputable judges, and lived to the great age of 22 years in pampered and luxurious retirement.

George was “Master” of the pen and the brush. Being one of our most popular and respected breed judges, his constructive, informative and entertaining critiques were always looked forward to, and his amusing advertisements became the trademark of Tuadore. No one could present a Pekingese quite like George, learning these skills whilst working for Mrs Mabel Cliff (Chunking), later to become Mrs Fryer. George passed on his knowledge and skills to a number of famous kennels – they have much to be grateful for.

A judge of experience and integrity, George could always be relied upon to draw whopping entries and discharged his responsibilities in an honest, courteous and forthright manner. He judged a number of toy breeds and the Toy Group.

Life became extremely difficult for George when his partner of 62 years, Bill Lamb, died. He lost his sparkle and his will to continue. I enjoyed his Saturday afternoon telephone calls. He just loved to reminisce. His doggy knowledge and wit were simply intense.

We have lost a colourful stalwart of the breed, but draw comfort from the fact that he is now at peace.

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