|Obituary - Doreen (Dee) Waterman 1937 - 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce that Dee Waterman, of Chelsea, London, passed away peacefully on the evening of 18 September, 2017 at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital aged 80, following a brief illness.
A lifelong dog lover, Dee started working with rescue organisations in the early 1970's and soon developed a passion for Afghan Hounds. After several years of research and hard work, she was able to resurrect the famed Bletchingly and Carloway lines from one of her rescues, eventually named LeMarc's Natasha of Bowentree. From a matted, skinny and nervous black and tan bitch, Dee nurtured 'Tasha' to eventually produce a series of UK Champions bearing the Bowentree name.
Dee became a well-known and highly respected judge with an exceptional eye for traditional hound form. Refusing to compromise a set of high standards derived from years of pedigree research and a position on the Kennel Club's Afghan Breed Council, she was eventually honored with an appointment to judge Afghans at Crufts in 2007 - the pinnacle of her dog "career".
A frequent visitor to the Kennel Club and a founding member of the now infamous "Ladies Who Lunch" group, Dee's passion for the dog world, wonderful sense of humor and compassion for others will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Dee is preceded by her husband, Harry; and survived by her three loving sons, Max, Lee and Marc.
The family will be having a small, private service and have requested, in accordance with Dee's wishes, that donations be made to Battersea Dog's Home in lieu of cards and flowers.
A celebration of her life is being planned in the near future to enable all those who were fortunate enough to have Dee in their lives the opportunity to share their memories of this remarkable woman.
While there are many to whom the family owe a debt for their warmth and kindness during this difficult period, they wish to recognise and thank Mark Cocozza, whose friendship, thoughtfulness and selfless support were a great comfort to Dee in her last days.
(photo by David Paton)