It is with deep regret that I have to report the death, last Tuesday, of Mrs Eileen Peake (Brackenview). Eileen, who lived in Burton-Upon-Trent, suffered a stroke a few weeks ago and as a result she sadly died peacefully in her sleep.
Her husband, Sam, pre-deceased her in 2001, after which she gave up much of the work they did together in the canine world.
As a young girl, she was an athlete of considerable talent, winning many medals and trophies with the Midland Counties Athletic Association. She also possessed a lovely soprano voice and did many recordings, but gave it all up when she married Sam.
In 1966, they became interested in the breeding and showing of dogs and her first love was the Miniature Poodle with which she did well, the dogs being handled by her daughter, Kim. American Cockers followed and eventually her last love, the Dobermann.
She was very much loved and respected by all of us at the Stourbridge and District Canine Society where she held the office of President for several years, and like myself was made an Honorary Life Member and patron of that club. It is without doubt the aforementioned society would not be in existence today without her hard work, determination, knowledge and loyalty. She was extremely knowledgeable with regard to KC rules and regulations and we do indeed owe her immense gratitude.
Eileen was always the first to volunteer when assistance was needed and was 100% dependable whatever the task in hand. I believe she was also President of the Sedgeley and Gornal Society too, although I have no details of that.
All of us in the Midlands will miss her greatly. She was without doubt the most loyal and true friend to us all and to all the club’s in which she served. She was one of my dearest and closest friends, a true friend, and we shared many of our cares and joys together.
She leaves a daughter, Kim and a son, Gary, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy. Her funeral will take place on Friday 20th May at the Gornal Wood Crematorium at 10am.
It is sad to report the death after six months in hospital of Dermot Drum. All who knew him will be aware of the tremendous fight he put up over the past few years, returning on many occasions, as he himself said, like Lazarus to amaze us all.
He will always be associated with his beloved Borzois - a breed he fell in love with when as a small boy walking with his mother in Fairview Park in Dublin, he saw two dogs and asked what breed they were. His mother did not know but he decided to find out and when he had a dog of his own that would be what he would have. In the late ‘60s his dream became reality and he obtained Tasha, a Borzoi who shared the same bloodlines with the one presented to Queen Elizabeth by the Russian leaders Bulganin and Kruschov. He went on to show and then to judge many breeds but always hoped that one day he would be asked to judge Borzois in Russia , something that came about in 2001 .
In 1995 his Borzoi, Ch. Marinsky Andrei became Champion of Champions at the FCI World Congress held in Ireland and to make it all the sweeter the judge was Eugene Yerusalimsky from Russia.
Dermot had many interests apart from his dogs, he was a keen gardener, loved music - not surprisingly Tschaikovsky in particular - and treated himself to a visit to the Bolshoi Ballet when they came to Dublin each year. He will be much missed in the world of dogs where he was on the committee of several clubs and was the Irish Kennel Club An Ard Chomhairle representative for the Bouvier des Flandre Club and a member of the Green Star and Judges’ Committee for several years.