It is with great sadness that I have to let you know of the sudden passing of Brian Percival. He and his longtime partner, Ron McAuley, owned the Bryron Poodles, Afghans, Shih Tzus and Westies.
Brian was a quiet unassuming person, that was until he was riled! - then you knew he was there! Whenever you saw him he was smiling, laughing and generally having a good time, joking about too.
He was the Acting Chairman of the Northumbria Poodle Club following the untimely death of Alan Stoddart and he was also the Show Manager helping Ron who is the secretary/treasurer. Brian was also the Treasurer for the Poodle Council a position he held for 15 years from 1986 to 2001 and though he had many a "spat" with Cathy, the secretary, they remained firm friends throughout. After his retirement from the "job" he attended the Poodle Council Meetings whenever possible as one of the delegates representing Northumbria PC.
Ron and Brian's most famous dog was the Standard Poodle Ch Warwells Machoman who was handled by Ron. "Zeb" was bred by John Cottrell & sired several champions, Ch Krak O Dawn at Waseley, Ch Kertellas Kiss and Run to Navarre, Ch Masuken Sincerity at Wyvos and Ch Sarcell The Jazz Man, to name a few. Brian loved his poodles & they then got a Toy from Doug & Dorothy Dixon. He became Ch Kasado Simply A Dream at Bryron.
Brian awarded CCs in all three sizes of poodles. His first appointment was Standards at Southern Counties in 1997.
The guys loved caravanning and spent many summer days, living the life, always with their Ch Afghan boy who they gave a loving home to after his retirement from the ring. He came from Ken Sinclair (Araki). The horses were also important in the lives of Ron and Brian. I know that they were both really upset at Darlington last year when they received word that one of the horses was failing.
Brian had been in hospital for a while with pneumonia. Even with the treatment that he was receiving he couldn't shake it off. It was then decided on 30th December to move him to another hospital for tests, etc. Sadly, in the ambulance which was moving him, he suffered a massive heart attack and passed away.
Our "world" is all the better for having known him.
To Ron & the rest of the family - our sincerest condolences.
The funeral service will be held on Monday 9th January at 2.45pm at St Marys Church, Norton Green, Norton. For further details contact Dorothy Dixon on 0191 2688903