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Obituary - Joe Welch

Joe Welch

IT IS with deep sadness that I write about the passing of a very good friend, Joe Welch (Brockland), who died on Tuesday 2nd June. He had not been well over the last few months and was admitted to hospital over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend. Sadly, he did not make the recovery that we all wished for him.

Joe’s roots are in West Sussex. He was born - and married - in Tangmere. Joe and Ruth have two children, Chris and Georgina, and three grandchildren - two grandsons and little Annabelle. Joe used to be a fireman but, latterly, he worked for the County Courts. Outside of work, he enjoyed the shooting season and he was often to be seen working on classic cars.

Joe came into Glens in the mid-1990s when he and Ruth acquired Murphy (Jeonty Tinker Boy Murphy at Brockland). A true terrier family, Joe and Ruth had had an Airedale in earlier years, and later, Tess the Westie. Dixie (Jeonty Gold Leader at Brockland) was the impetus for the Brockland affix - Brockland being a combination of two family ‘half-surnames’, one from Joe’s side and the other from Ruth’s side. Dixie produced a litter of five pups and Brenna (Brockland Brenna Anne) was the pup they decided to keep. As the Glen family grew, Joe was to be seen more frequently in the show ring, usually handling Dixie. Barney (Brockland Brayhead Lad) was the dog they kept from Brenna’s litter. Together, they did obedience training, with Joe taking Barney successfully through his paces for the bronze and silver Good Citizen Dog Scheme awards. More recently, the two of them had also been doing agility classes. Barney really was Joe’s boy!

In the last fourteen years or so, Joe and Ruth have been amongst the most consistent and successful Glen exhibitors in the UK, with Murphy, Dixie and Brenna taking top honours well into veteran. All three have been ‘Top Glen’ in the ‘of the year’ awards. Between them, Dixie and Brenna were Best of Breed at Crufts five times. Brenna, as a veteran, was one of the first CC-winning bitches, in our first year of Championship status and Barney now has two Challenge Certificates to his name. Joe and Ruth also ventured abroad to exhibit, and both Brenna and Barney were made up as Belgian Champions.

As well as showing, Joe also judged Glens. His first judging appointment was in 2001 at Sedgley and Gornal and his first Championship show appointment was Leeds, last year. Over the last few years, Joe had also enjoyed some ‘fun’ judging and stewarding duties at the Mount Noddy Animal Centre, near Chichester. Joe was also an active member of the Chichester & District Canine Society.

Joe was a lovely man, respected and liked by everyone. He will be very sadly missed.

Dear Ruth, we are all thinking of you at this sad time and we send our thoughts and prayers to you, Chris and Georgina and their families, with love.

Alison Seall

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