Kerry, who was just 51, joined Dog World as a trainee sub-editor in 1979 and ever since had played a major role in the success of the company.
As well as being involved in all aspects of the editorial side, and having produced the Dog World Annual, she was instrumental in the transition to modern publishing technology, and latterly in the development of the website.
Since her teenage years Kerry had been devoted to the Tibetan Spaniel breed. In her first litter she bred her first champion, Nimana Lhamu, and since then, although she only ever kept fewer than a handful of dogs, she enjoyed much success in the show ring, notably with the famous Ch Twinley Tarantella.
She was a championship show judge of the breed and had officiated at Crufts.
Kerry will be greatly missed by all who knew her and all at Our Dogs would like to send our sympathy to her husband Adrian Willson.
With the death of Kerry Williamson at the young age of 51 Dog World has been robbed of its managing director, co-owner and - in my view - a mainstay and steadying link with the immediate past, writes William Moores, Consultant Editor, OUR DOGS
All businesses undergo good times and bad, and it was during one of the testing times that Kerry's qualities were recognised and she helped to keep the ship on an even keel. She had the loyalty and respect of staff, correspondents and readers alike and grew in the role of MD.
I first met her at Driffield AS dog section championship show in the 1970s when, as a new recruit in the editorial department, she was covering the show. It was clear then she had a determination to succeed and do a good job. I believe from all who worked with her that this work ethic never deserted her.
We last met at Midland Counties CS championship show last October where, despite the fact I was wearing a 'different hat', we enjoyed a long chat over lunch about the quality of the entries in breed club magazine and year book competitions which they had jointly sponsored. We both concluded that we now lived in very different world from that which we experienced as 'cub reporters'!
I offer my condolences to Adrian and her family in their sad loss and assure them that in many simple and honest ways, Kerry touched the lives of many in the world of dogs, a world she loved so much.
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