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Obituary - Harold Greenhalgh

Harold GreenhalghIt is with great sadness that I report that Mr. Harold Greenhalgh of the Allidale Miniature Pinschers and Griffons passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 29th 2009.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Harold for over four decades, and whilst he was best known for his Min Pins and Griffons, Harold had the distinction of making up one of the very first Dobermann Champions, Ch. Alli of Gorton. Soon after making up Ch. Alli, Miniature Pinschers were to be added to his small, select kennel and eventually Griffons. He made up two Min Pin Champions and two Griffon Champions.

Harold was proud of the fact that he held the record for awarding the greatest number of sets of CCs in Min Pins – 21 I believe, his first tickets being awarded at Leicester Ch. Show 1972 and his final set at Border Union 2005. He awarded 14 sets of tickets in Griffons, judged 9 toy groups and was approved to award tickets in the majority of toy breeds. He was one of our more experienced and talented toydog judges, always fearless and honest, and held in great respect by all who knew him. In addition to all of this, Harold was a stalwart supporter of the Manchester Dog Show Society. He was the society’s second longest serving committee member, and was proud to hold the office of Vice President.

Manchester 2009 was to be the last dog show that Harold was to attend and he often spoke of how well the committee had looked after him during the show. There are many present day judges, including myself, who owe much to Harold. But Harold was not just a dye-in-the-wool dog man. He was a real family man, his wife, daughter and grand daughter being the focus and main priority in his life. He faced many challenges in life, but was a man who was a very private person and never complained about the problems that life sometimes threw at him. There could never have been a more wonderful husband. The magnificent way that Harold cared and looked after Dorothy for the past seven years won the admiration of many.

Harold was so proud of his daughter, Michelle and her achievements as a talented ballroom dancer and accomplished tax specialist. Lauren, his grand-daughter was his pride and joy, and when she graduated from Manchester University with a distinction in Mathematics, he was just the proudest grandad in the world!

We have lost another great character, but the way Harold touched so many people’s lives makes us all the richer for having known him. To Dorothy, Michelle and Lauren we offer our deepest sympathy.

Geoffrey Davies

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