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Bunny Hazelgrove

Bunny's real name was Albert but no one ever called him anything but Bunny - a nickname given to him by his mother when he was still in the pram. Bunny was a truly lovely man. Hardworking, kind and generous, he always had time to help anyone who needed a hand.

He and his wife Louise, originally kept Dalmatians when they lived in Brighton but in the 30 years I have known them their passion was Norfolk Terriers. Bunny gave tickets in both Norfolk and Norwich Terriers and in Dalmatians too.

For many years he was Secretary of the hugely successful Horsham Canine Society and for over forty years was a member, with Louise, of the committee of Southern Counties Canine Association. He served as its Chairman and its Treasurer and kept a careful balance between the needs of the Association and the expectations of exhibitors. It was Bun who, when we were forced from Hickstead at short notice in 1984, suggested the Association buy its own showground and saw to the extensive financial arrangements which made the purchase possible.

Bunny was the best sort of committee member. He was knowledgeable, meticulous and thoughtful but did not mind getting his hands dirty either. He never pushed himself forward but if anything needed doing he would just get on with it. It did not matter whether it was collecting filthy buckets after the show or calculating the exchange rate from Francs to Pounds for an overseas judge; Bunny could be absolutely relied upon. He was delighted to be made a Vice-president of SCCA on his retirement as Treasurer just eighteen months ago.

I will personally always be grateful to him and remember his generous support over the years Angela and I have been involved with Southern Counties. The whole committee and many friends were wonderful but there is no doubt that there would have been a serious shortfall without Bunny's wise counsel and his limitless practical help in the early years.

He was taken into hospital over Christmas and his death after a short illness comes as a great shock to his family and his many friends.

Our sympathy goes to Louise and to his son, Michael, and his daughter in law, Linda.

David Cavill