SETTER & Pointer world were shocked to hear of the death
of Alicia Coupe on Wednesday last. Alicia was to enter hospital
later this month to have surgery on her troublesome knee,
which she had delayed to enable her to Judge a large entry
of 166 Bitches at the Irish Setter Breeders Club Championship
Show on Saturday 6th April.
Alicia and Geoff bred many Champion Irish and Gordon Setters and Pointers under their famous Timadon affix.
Alicia started off in dogs with Minature Poodles in the early 60s from the famous Mont Matre kennels and built up her own line in Toys, and are still at Timadon today.
Alicia, along with her Mother showed regularly in the North West in those early days, and subsequently added the Irish Setters with Geoff, or Coupe! As she would so affectionately call him.
The records will show the considerable success that Alicia and Geoff have had in the dog fancy and the significant contribution that Alicia has made through her honest and forthright views, but what many may not have known is the warm and sincere Alicia, who always insisted you should eat when you went to visit, sometimes difficult with a Poodle on your lap.
Alicia was a terrific supporter of a number of Breed clubs over the years and was still a member of the Setter & Pointer Committee, Irish Setter Club of Wales, Gordon Setter Association, and played host to the Annual Rally of the Northern Toy Poodle Club.
Timadon dogs had success in other parts of the world, notably Timadon Jaunty who went to Alicias adopted son Greg Browne in Australia. On breaking the news to Greg he recalled with great fondness his English home, Timadon and the trips in the 70s when they would go off together to the lakes or on shopping trips.
We will all remember Alicia with affection but most of all with great admiration in the way she nursed Geoff back to health following his horrific accident in 1999.
The dog world has lost one of its most genuine and sincere supporters but Geoff has lost a most supportive wife, partner and dear, dear friend.
The funeral will be held at Ashton Village Church on Thursday 18th April at 2.00pm. Family flowers only with donations to Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Hon Sec. Setter & Pointer Club