After several months of been in and out of hospital fighting cancer Bernard Child passed away on Saturday 10th March 2007.
One of Bernard’s last wishes when in hospital, was to see again the pair of swans and the family of ducks that lived on the river banks by his bedroom window. He achieved this through the hard work of his nephew David Child, and with the devoted loving care of close friend Jean Burrow and nurses.
Bernard was born with his twin sister on 7th January 1930. At 22 he moved into Clough house where he became interested in the show side of dogs; with Neville Perkins the partnership showed Poodles and Cockers, Bernard's joint first love being English Setters and Pointers.
The Kirkabbey affix was revered throughout the gundogs, Bernard judged in Portugal once or twice alongside his partner Neville. Bernard gave CC’s in several breeds but loved judging the Pointers and English Setters, and judged both breeds at Crufts in 1996 -1999 respectively, he also judged their group at Driffield before retiring.
Bernard and Neville helped others to start up new societies, not just with financial backing, but with their help and knowledge of the dog game. Bernard’s gentle but reassuring approach when going over dogs, made both dogs and exhibitors relax.
This year was his 50th anniversary on the Leeds Championship Show Committee, a great achievement. Bernard would be remembered by the younger exhibitors, for his cheeky smile and jovial rapport when greeting exhibitors at the catalogue tent (gate A) at Leeds. Bernard was President of the Pointer Club, and the Yorkshire Gundog Club before illness made him slow down.
He was a dab hand in the kitchen making scones, cakes, and quiches, but better known for his Christmas cakes, in one year making over 20 which he handed out to clubs and friends. A lot of people will remember Bernard Child for different reasons, especially Jean Burrow his sidekick, companion and Sunday navigator throughout his latter escapades in life.
I like to remember Bernard for being a gentleman, a person I looked up to. But most of all for being my friend.
God bless you Bernard.
We at Pudsey Ringraft are sad to lose our President and fellow Committee Member.
Bernard was a great help to our Club up to his illness, taking hold at our events he would always be found in the kitchen serving pie and peas or washing up, greeting our overseas judges, in fact, he turned his hands to most things.
Bernard loved travelling in the UK particularly coach tours with his lovely friend Jean. In his latter years of judging Pudsey agreed to chauffeur him to distance Shows and Bernard always packed food for snacks! In fact always enough to cater for a small Open show.
Bernard did not suffer fools gladly and at times he had a short fuse but he was all the more endearing for that.
Bye Bernard, we will miss you.
Secretary Christine Cooper,
Ringcraft Co-ordinator, Fellow Committee Members,
and Friends of Pudsey & District Ringcraft Club
All at Nidderdale Dog Show are terribly sad that we have lost our friend and Committee worker.
One of our sport's quiet men and in my experience at Nidderdale always loyal, Bernard, dog shows in our area will not be the same - goodbye.
Peter A Broadbent,
Secretary and friend