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Remembering friends who have passed away...
Sad and in disbelief to hear that Rose has been cruelly taken far too soon. I am lucky to have met such a lovely, friendly, happy person with such a positive attitude.
She was one of dog agility's great distance handlers who was always thriving to bring out the best in Rags and not let her bad ankle prevent her from competing. She didn't even realise how good she had become.Her friends are sponsoring a steeplechase class at JDA in her memory as it was Rag's favourite class.
Will really miss her at my monthly training groups at Sharnbrook.
My thoughts are with her family, closest friends and pets.
It is with a heavy heart that we report the very sad news that our dear friend Bill Chuter has passed away.
Bill was one of the first every people to compete in the 'new' sport' of agility with his stunning GSD Nesta (Odeon Nesta Square.)
A lifelong Burridge DTC member and one of the founder members of The Agility Club, Bill was the ring manager at the infamous and much loved Southsea Show. He was also the person who introduced agility in The Netherlands in the 80s.
Our thoughts at this difficult time are with his wife Fiona and daughter Rebecca.
The funeral; will take place on Tuesday, 21st November at 11.30 at the Aldershot Crematorium (GU12 4BP) All welcome to attend but could you please send a message so that Fiona has an idea of numbers.
Ann and Gwyn Roberts
It is with sad heart that I write this for those who can remember a little Scottish guy by the name of Derek Dragonetti who passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. I am sure he will be remembered for his somewhat wicked sense of humour but maybe more for his stubbornness. He was a small guy with a big heart.
He was a large part of agility many years ago and enjoyed his visits to the Lune show each year. When my world fell apart, both he and Rena were there for me and I have been there for him.
Having lost his first wife Rena, Derek married Pauline and moved to the Burneside in the Lake District and where they has lived for the past 11 years.
On a personal note, he was a great support to me and my daughter. I had the privilege of him giving me away at my wedding last year.
The funeral will take place on 19th October at 11am at Beethams Crematrium (LA7 7BQ. After the service, there will be a wake at Crooklands Hotel (LA7 7NW).
If you are looking to attend, please contact Deborah Kenny so she can pass the numbers on to Pauline.
This is a p post I always hoped I would never have to write. Our lovely brave, amazing Jane lost her fight yesterday. I really don't know what to say and really don't want to believe it. Always hoping that she would be back with Bertie to carry on her training. I was just keeping him ticking over until that day came.
Rest easy, Jane. We love you.
The funeral of Jane Furlong will be held on Friday, 27th October at 2pm at Worthing Crematorium, followed after at The Black Horse Inn Findon for a celebration of life.
May we kindly ask that flowers are from family only. Donations in memory of Jane may be made to St. Peter & St. James Hospice, Burgess Hill. No dress code requests but a touch of colour would be nice
Having spent the last week in Rugby hospital by Daveís side, Iím very sad to say he passed away peacefully this afternoon.
Thank you to my friends for all their support at this heartbreaking time. I couldnít have coped without you .
Together for 49 years, married for 45. Sleep well my soul mate.
So sorry to learn this morning of the untimely death of Kieran Breslin, the 'Man from Donegal.'.
I knew him as a sensitive and generous man, a true gentleman. I loved watching him in recent years as he developed his skills in dog agility. He got so much enjoyment out of it.
He will be missed by many of us and particularly by his training friends in Donegal.
For those who know Teresa Jones, I'm sad to let you know that she passed away on 6th July. She fought so hard for such a long time.
She started out in agility over 20 years ago. She loved agility and trained at Ewell and Scrambles with her dogs - Ellie and Lexie - competed in many shows in the South East of England until ill health meant she was no longer able to.
Teresa was a lovely person - good humoured and positive - and will be much missed by those who knew her.
As some of you may know, our darling Jane lost her battle with cancer on 3rd June 2023.#
Those of you wishing to celebrate her life are invited to Breckland Crematorium, Norwich Road, Norwich NR9 4NR. The ceremony will be 22nd June, starting at 2 o'clock. After, everyone is invited to raise a glass, share memories and stories at the Railway Tavern, 21 Yaxham Road, Dereham, NR19 1HB. which was one of Jayne's favourite places for a gin or two.
As a family, we request no flowers, but anyone wishing to make a contribution can donate to Priscilla Bacon Lodge where Jayney spent her last week with fantastic care. Cheques should be made out to Priscilla Bacon Norfolk Hospice Care Ltd. Please write Jayne Fuller on the reverse of the cheque. Donations can be made online, too.
As a family, we have appreciated all your kind words and tributes.
Sophie Marie Fuller
Graham Taylor passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, 21st May after weekend of his beloved agility - probably the way he would have wanted to go.
He had so much enthusiasm for the agility game. Way back in the 80s he organised great fun competitions such as Barbour Pairs, Clockwatcher and Jump and Drive with finals at the Royal Show.
My dad's funeral will take place at 1pm at Oakleigh Wood Crematorium, CV33 9QP on Thursday, 22nd June. The wake venue is yet to be decided but if you wish to attend we would be grateful if you could follow the link https://forms.gle/rnvMnttnYoqvoS9p9 .
Dad was always putting on a great spread, and we wish to ensure this is the same at his celebration. Please no black and charity to be announced. Thank you to everyone for cards, texts and phone calls.
Gail Beasley passed away on 14th March 2023 after a short illness, aged 75. Lots of people will remember her from Bitz 'n' Bobz, Pawsome and Agility Vision shows.
She was a wonderful woman who will be missed.
The funeral service will take place at Countesthorpe Crematorium on Tuesday, 11th April. Family flower only. Donations may be made in memory of Gail to Cancer Research UK and Border Collie Trust.
Eileen Wischnia on FB
When he he did his National Service, Ron was a boxer but in civilian life, he was a builder, a very good one. Once he discovered agility he certainly loved it and his dogs.
On my first visit to his house, I couldn't believe what I saw. It was plastered in rosettes and trophies from his many years competing.
Ron spent every available weekend at a show somewhere in the country. One of his favourite shows was Beachside in Norfolk and, of course, Redhill where he would get spoilt and looked after by Lisa in the Club.
He was rarely seen without a pint of Guinness in hand, and many an evening we would watch him stagger back to his caravan.
We were very happy to throw Ron an 80th birthday party at Redhill. Lisa got him a cake in the shape of a pint, and he partied the night away only to get up early and do several laps of the venue to keep himself fit.
As Ron and the dogs got older, the big shows and fancy new entry methods got too much for him. Jumping Jacks was his final show before he was forced to retire with arthritic knees.
I hope you took your blue vest with you.
Rest in peace, Ron.
Tribute to DDD Dave Roberts
The agility community will never be the same without Dave. It is truly the end of an era.
We met Dave around 1999 when Lucy took our BC Jess for training at our local club. Dave was also starting agility with his staffie Sophie. He soon became part of our family and a good friend.
It was Dave who encouraged us to join him in running an agility show in 2007 to celebrate 30 years of agility. It was our first show and it was a huge success with the surviving founders attending and a great sponsorship from the American Kennel Club (AKC.) It was even more special as agility was founded in Lincoln. Following the success of our first show together, Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts (LAE) was born. Dave has been a big part of it from the beginning even though organisation was never his forte.
He was well known on the circuit for his quizzes and always helping on the rings and maintaining an orderly queue. When he wasn't helping, he was filming his staffies running and whizzing around on his scooter.
Dave's first job was as a Red Coat at Butlin's, and he had plenty of tales to tell, many less than PC. After leaving Butlin's, he found his passion for music and became a DJ. He played a large part of putting Lincoln on the club scene. As you can imagine, this stories got even less PC.
He loved BMXX riding, and still holds the world record for Bull RIding as seen in Roy Castle's Record Breakers. The passion for riding was strong Dave's family as his sons went on to be avid horse riders. Paul led a hunt, and James became a Master of Parelis, something Dave was always very proud of.
Dave was a true entertainer. He knew lots of the rich and famous and made many life-long friends along the way. One of his favourites was The Detroit Emeralds with whom he toured when they visited the UK.
Dave was one of a kind. He had time for everyone especially if you liked staffies, music or football. He loved people and had a heart of gold. He was a true legend.
His dogs have found the perfect homes as would have been his wish. Bernie has a wonderful forever family, and Kelly is staying with Dave's sister where she can retire happily.
Here is the link for Dave's funeral with all the information. Everyone is welcome to the wake to celebrate hisd life and share a story or two. The collection had to involve staffies and Dave always thought highly of the Air Ambulance, so those are the charities in we will be donating towards.#
Always in our thoughts, Dave.
In December 2022, Somerset West Agility Training (SWAT) were devastated by the loss of their member Mary Creedy after a short illness.
Mary had been with SWAT since the early days of the club, always giving generously of her time and energy to enhance the club spirit, raise money for charity and encourage members new and old.
Mary helped at every SWAT show and helped to keep everyone going with her amazing cakes and quick wit. It will take two people to do the work she did!
Mary will be missed throughout the South West as she was a huge character with an even bigger heart.
It is with great sadness that we have to tell you of the passing of Peter Lewis who was one of agility's founding father and President of The Agility Club.
He was instrumental in realising the potential in dog agility and and was involved with writing the first set of rules for the Kennel Club which formed the basis of how agility is run today. He spent much time promoting dog agility around the world, pioneering the development of the sport in many countries.
Peter was a lovely gentleman and will be sorely missed.
Our condolences go to his wife Carol and his family at this sad time.
Peterís funeral will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday, 10th January at St. Margaret and Mary, Catholic Church, Middle Road, Park Gate, Southampton SO31 7GH. The venue for the funeral reception has yet to be confirmed. If you are planning to come to the funeral could you message Steve Croxford so that Carol has some idea of numbers.
To learn more, read Lindy Margach's interview with him about how agility started.
The agility community has lost a good friend with the death of Lis Smith following a nine month battle with cancer.
Lis was already an 'older handler' when she first joined Kingdom of Fife Agility Club with her rescue dogs Fly and Freya back in the early 2000s.
Frey earned lots of points for Lis on the Agilitynet Senior Agility League. Next came Keira, another rescue, who had reached G5 when Lis had become ill. Keira has now gone to live with her dog walker.
Lis also trained with Stirling Agility.
Many Scottish and North of England agility people will remember her as Morag Kelly's hat-knitting partner. Between them, they raised £2400 for Pre-loved Border Collies and Search & Rescue Dogs Scotland.
Lis will be fondly remembered as a quiet, unassuming and friendly lady.
Caroline Joyce has very suddenly - and unexpectedly - passed away. You may remember her with her spaniels Rory and Rocky. Her love for her dogs was immense and her enthusiasm joyful.
I will let you know if any funeral arrangements when I have them.
Thinking of her family at this very sad time.
Caroline will be received into St. Robert's Church (Peat Road) on Friday, 28th October at 6pm, with Requiem Mass on Saturday at 10am and burial at St. Convals Cemetery after for the committal service, with wake after at the function suite at the old Jeanie Gebbies, just at the cemetery. (Called Scotch and Ribaye)
Sad new for people who remember Frank Wild. He passed away on 14th September 2022, just a few weeks after his 90th birthday.
Frank was a long standing member of Broxbourn DTC, and I know made many agility friends throughout his last 20 years or so.
He was a good friend and a true gentleman, and he will be missed very much.
The Kennel Club joins the millions of mourners from around the world in the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As one of the most dog loving monarchs in history her patronage of The Kennel Club will be greatly missed.
The Queen was a world famous dog lover, especially known for her Welsh Pembroke Corgis after being gifted her first Corgi, Susan by her father, King George IV when she was 18. This was to be the start of nearly 80 years of Corgis in the royal household that would accompany her on many trips and be by her side through her long reigning monarchy. The Queen stopped breeding in 2015 and got her last two puppies in 2021.
The Queen was claimed to have an interest in Crufts and visited the show in 1969 where she was shown around the show and met an English Springer Spaniel.
With great sadness, I share the news that Kathie Kinton has passed away this morning, peacefully after a long illness.
You may not know her personally, although you may have heard of Kinaway Border Collies, but you will know her work. Kathie has been the driving force behind the Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation for many years, as well as Breed Health Coordinator for BCs. She has been instrumental in fundraising for and supporting the development of various DNA tests as well as the research to date into epilepsy. She has facilitated hundreds and hundreds of health tests, putting herself out to go to owners to make it easier for people to access testing, and securing discounts and supplements to make it affordable. No single person has done more for Border Collie health, and that is not something I say lightly.
She bred dogs that competed in agility, obedience and in particular HTM. Some of her dogs were on the HTM Team GB.
To me, she was a friend, a mentor and a lover of red and whites. I will miss her dry sense of humour, her knowledge and her passion.
Heartbroken to let you all know that, after a short period in Monklands Hospital, Helen Jane (H.J.) Innes passed away on 31st May 2022.
She was always there to help whether it be scoring or scriming or anything that needed doing and was well known for organising her team of 'marquee' ladies.
The funeral will take place at 13.45 on Tuesday, 14th June at Daldowie Crematorium (G71 7RU.) It would be great if you could let me know if you intend to come so we can plan catering.
It is with a heavy heart that I reflect on the tragic death of David Marshall, one of the longest serving members of Glandore Dog Training Club of Ulster, first joining in the the 1970s. David and his dogs were known to everyone in the NI canine world during the many years he was involved in dog training.
His first dogs were German Shepherds that he worked in Obedience, but his main love - and the dogs he will be remembered most for - were black poodles. They had to be black that was the only colour for a poodle, to quote David.
He had a unique relationship with his dogs, and 'love' is definitely not too strong a word for the way he felt about them. They were his constant companions and went everywhere with him. He competed at C level Obedience, high grade agility, he trained in flyball and even had a few forays into the world of Rally. He was a senior trainer at Glandore for many years, training KC Good Citizens, competition obedience and agility. It is difficult to say which he most enjoyed as any time he was able to spend times concentrating on his beloved poodles his joy was obvious.
He was Chair of Glandore for years and, for a long time, could be found instructing or in a Glandore class two and often three times a week.
His character and attitude to his own and other people's dogs affected everyone who met him. If any human gets over the Rainbow Bridge, David will be there.
It is with great sadness that I have to report that after a long battle with a very nasty infection left us early this morning surrounded by the love of her Spanish friends.
She will be remembered by many very fondly for her lovely judging and courses, her zest for life, her crazy number of dogs
She lived the last couple of years in Spain where she had always wanted to live with her dogs and just wanted to be in her lovely home with her animals
She will be remembered at Golden Valley show this summer where she was a big part of the club for so many years.
Sad news of the loss of a long standing member of the agility fraternity. Allan Kenneth died at the start of the week 91 years of age. I know a lot of people on here knew him. Anyone who knew him would have described him as a real gentleman. He was always willing to have a chat with anyone standing around the rings, as I am sure many did.
A member of Avon Lanarkshire Agility Club, if you attended any of the shows at Lanark Racecourse, it his highly likely that he gave you your running order or handed your lead over to him.
If you ever needed proof that age is just a number, then you didnít need to look any further than Alan. He started out in agility in his sixties, and was competing well into his eighties. In fact, it came as no surprise when Alan got his last dog Tam at the tender age of 78, which also goes to prove that having dogs keeps you both active and young at heart.
Allanís first dog was Jade, a Labrador. What can we say about Jade. Allan got a phone call from the vet asking if he had lost her. No I donít think so says Allan, only to find that Jade, having received treats at the vets the last, took herself along to ask for more.
Another time, Avon DAC was doing a big display in Charlotte's Square, Edinburgh. It came to Allan and Jadeís turn and she jumped the jumps, the rope and took off to the burger van where she presented herself to people serving. We had a commentator and the place was crowded, Allan just laughed. Jade also excelled at taking an ice cream cone out of the hand of a child on her way past and hardly missed a beat as she continued around the agility course. Allan took this all in his stride and would laugh it off - no embarrassment - just the love for his dog.
Allan rescued Chad (picture), a dog that everyone thought was a lost cause. He had been kept in a barn for two years as the owner had taken ill and had no time for him. Allan worked hard, turning him around to be a confident and gentle dog and allowing him to successfully compete with him.
Allan had an interesting life competing in different sports, canoeing being one of them. If you took the time to sit with him he would tell you interesting stories.
Allanís dedication to his dogs and to agility, his gentle nature and his ability to put people at ease will be forever remembered. Hereís to Allan may you be reunited and play agility forever.
Alex was well known on the agility circuit. Taken far too soon, my thoughts are with Irene and the family. He was such a nice guy and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
This is incredibly hard to write but saddened to announce that Sarah Evans-Parker died peacefully on the 8th February, surrounded by her family.
The last few years have been incredibly hard for Sarah when she discovered her Cancer had returned. Despite the devastating prognosis she attacked it with everything she could, maintaining positivity and refusing to accept fate, smiling throughout. She gave everything towards recovery and making the most of every moment to enjoy her time with her young children, family and friends.
Sarah never did anything half hearted. She loved agility and competed at Crufts, Olympia and represented Great Britain and Wales at the EOs and WAOs.
Sarah was a fantastic trainer and all her dogs and cats appeared in TV shows, films and adverts. We all remember the O2 'Be More Dog' adverts and I was lucky enough to meet the famous Jonesy.
Sarah's funeral will be held on Friday, 25th February at 10:45 in the Oak Chapel at Crownhill Crematorium in Milton Keynes, followed by a wake at The Old Swan in Astwood. Please let me know so Jamie is aware of the numbers.
There'll be a web stream link for anyone that can't make it in person.
Sarah really made every minute count whilst she was with us, and I hope we all follow her example. I cannot believe someone who wanted to live and give so much in life has been taken so young. She was 41 years old and I miss her so.
Remembering Sarah Evans-Parker
A minutes applause was held today at the Agility Team GB Pre-Selection Qualifier to celebrate the life of Sarah Evans-Parker, a former Agility Team GB handler.
Sarah was part of the first team to represent Agility Team GB at the European Open Championships in 2008.
Our thoughts are with Sarah's friends and family.
Agility Team GB -
The Committee of Dogs In Need Agility Society was sorry to learn that Brian Southon passed away on January 30th 2022.
Brian was a founder member of DINAS and a committee member for 16 years, managing radios and the PA until he retired in 2008.
We extend our warmest sympathies to his wife Sylvia and family.
Funeral arrangements are:- Thursday. 24th February at 2.30pm at Wessex Dale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, West End, Southampton SO30 2HL. Donations to the Dementia Charity.
The DINAS Committee
Today at his funeral, we celebrate the life of the lovely John Crocker who passed away following a battle with brain cancer - and boy did he put up a fight!
Fondly known as 'Farmer John,' he has been part of the Dartford DTC for many many years and was a highly valued and well thought of club member.
He was often seen at local shows competing with his border collies and helping on the rings.
His passion for agility started around 1996/97 when he would take his daughter Erin and their first collie Tess to shows. At this point, he taxi service but not for long because he decided to join Erin in her agility hobby. In 1998 he got his first agility dog Tory and he was well and truly hooked. Then along came Thai, Maize, Tizz and finally Troy.
John enjoyed many things in life - his farm, his dogs, walking and rambling and his love for Ireland. Most of all, he loved his family and was a really family man.
Feeling robbed that his illness and Covid did not allow him to return to agility.
On a personal note, John was a family friend and we will miss him.
RIP Farmer John.
My heart breaks today hearing the news that Neville Uden has died.
Nev was a pure gentleman and lovely man. He judged many competitions and supported the KC good citizens. Many of the older school of agility will remember him in agility calling Nutmeg... nut meg...
My sincere condolences to family and friends and Janet Collins.
The funeral will take place at Stafford Crematorium, Tixall Road, Stafford ST18 0XZ at 3pm on 17th February 2022, followed by refreshments at Weston Hall, 1810 Weston Bank, Stafford ST18 0HS. Could all ladies please wear a brightly coloured and gents a brightly coloured tie. If you are intending to attend, could you please PM me so that I can help Janet in terms of the catering
Donations to Motor Neurone Disease and Katherine House Hospice in memory of Neville Uden. All enquires to Stone Funeral Care, 33 High Street, Stone ST15 8AJ
So very sad to have to post this but today I received the news that Dave Robinson has passed away.
Dave had been in Agility for as long as any one can remember. He lived for his dogs and absolutely loves spending time with the agility family. Many of you will of known him both helping on the rings and running his dogs or spinning a tale at the bar in the marquee on an evening.
He will be very much missed.
I hope he's got a pint in his hand with his dogs at his feet in a marquee somewhere.
The Scottish Agility community was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Mike Hollingsworth. Cheerful and smiling, he loved a chat - whether it was about Harry Potter films, curries, or 70s rock bands. Mike and his wife Margot have Shelties, Pomeranians and more recently a Terrier, and they enjoyed travelling to their favourite agility venues in their van.
Mike enjoyed judging, scribing and lending a hand where he was able.
His other hobbies included van restoration, photography and music - especially the Corrs.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
We send heartfelt condolences to his wife of 39 years - Margot, his three sons Stuart, Davey, Gary and grandchildren Oliver and Kaja.
Stuart Wilcox passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, 3rd October 2021, leaving his family and six Cocker Spaniels behind. He was a true gentleman with a wicked sense of humour who will be missed. RIP.
Most of you will expect to see Stuart with spaniels, his hound of choice, but this weekend in the picture he ran my old boy in the old gits classes and won them both.
Sending Annette and her family our thoughts and sympathy from their Agility family. The agility club up there is getting too big.
Details of the funeral are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 3rd November at 2.45pm
Venue: Milton Keynes Crematorium, Crownhill, Milton Keynes MK8 0AH
Please message Annette to let her know if you will be attending. There will be a gathering afterwards at a venue nearby.
Dress code: Given Stuart's suggestion that Annette just bury him in the back garden, itís safe to say he would have hated everyone wearing black and looking sombre for him. Please wear some colour, in honour of his love of photographing sunsets and sunrises.
Flowers: Again, Stuart never saw the point of flowers at funerals so the family have opted for no flowers please. Instead, they will be setting up a just giving page for Spaniel Aid UK and The British Heart Foundation - both charities that Stuart supported.
It is with great sadness we regrt to inform people that agility lost a great man this morning. Ray Tant passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning. He will be very greatly missed by people and dogs.
He was one of a kind never to be seen again - a real gentleman and such a talented chiropractor.
Rest in peace, Ray.
Scottish Agility was saddened to hear of the passing of Aileen Darcy. She passed away peacefully on Wednesday, 6th October.
Aileen never let her cancer stop her living life to the fullest. It was a long journey, those five years of chemo and trial drugs were tough but, in between, life was for living. To everyone who has helped Aileen through this journey - thank you all.
We are all thinking of Jim at this sad time.
The funeral has been arranged at Paisley Woodside Crematorium at 11.30 on Saturday, 30th October.
If you wish to view the funeral by webcast, you can use this following link. Click view webcast and enter Order ID: 111379 password: jqnqrctx and then click log in. Once logged in the stream will begin automatically when the service starts.
You are then invited to The Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew.
One of Aileenís wishes was that colours other than black be worn, Any donations that you may wish to give should be made to Cancer Research, The Guide Dogs, SSPCA or Labrador Rescue Scotland.
Dog Agility Scotland
From The Kennel Club...
We are devastated to hear of the death of Sir David Amess.
Sir David was a true animal welfare champion in parliament for over 30 years. He gave his support to crucial dog welfare issues, which included banning electric shock collars and reforming laws around pet theft and puppy importation. We had the pleasure of welcoming him to Westminster Dog of the Year on many occasions.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
At a time when we in the Agility community in Northern Ireland is beginning to come together with the news of Down District, Lisburn and Castlereagh shows to look forward to. Unfortunately one of our own - loved by all - has suddenly passed away after a bit of a setback whilst in The Ulster Hospital.
RIP The Irish Agility Legend Pat Farson.
Our thoughts and prayers to Pat's daughters and family circle.
Funeral arrangements to follow.
The briefness of this post reflects Helen's famous disregard for social media and certainly not her impact on the dog world!
Helen passed away after a very private and hard fought battle against cancer. She will be remembered as an agility competitor, judge and highly respected trainer. As a trainer she was noted for her patience, kindness and humour. Training with Helen bought its rewards in the ring but was always full of humour.
Helen leaves a lasting legacy in her beloved Incanto puppies.
Her funeral will take place on Friday, 30th July 2.45pm at The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Maryhill Road, Glasgow G20 0AA and, thereafter, at Lambhill Crematorium at 3.45pm. Her friends are welcomed to attend to pay their respects.
Our sympathy goes out to her family.
Rest in peace, Helen. We will miss you terribly.
Trevor Jones, another of one of Agility's founding fathers, sadly passed away on 23rd June. Two weeks before, he had been rushed into hospital with a blood clot on the brain and then transferred to the Stroke Unit for end of care life.
Trevor had many a lovely stories to tell about the early days of Agility and the first Agility demonstration which he helped organise. He was in the midst of looking up all his old notes from the founders days before he died.
He told Agilitynet that his first memory of agility was on a rainy day on a Lincolnshire farm where he was taking part in a ASPADs tracking competition with Peter Meanwell. They were walking across a wet grass field - towards the pub which was the base for the competition - when Peter pulled a grubby piece of paper out of his pocket and asking him to look at it. He asked if Trevor could get some dogs from Yorkshire Working Trials to go round when was the first idea for an agility course.
Trevor admitted that, at the time, he was not too enthusiastic, possibly because of the mucky weather and wanting to get back to the pub to get warm and dry. However, by the time they reached the pub, Trevor had agreed to put a team of Working Trials handlers together.
If anyone remembers Trevor and would like to make a donation to the Borders General Hospital (BGH) Stroke Unit, they can go direct through the hospital direct Contact Us (scot.nhs.uk) .
Our dear friend Roger Worner passed away suddenly on Wednesday, 30th June. He took the dogs out for the last walk of the day and didn't come home. He had suffered a heart attack and, despite immediate CPR he couldn't be saved. He was 69.
We first got to know Roger when he joined Clifton Agility Club more years ago than I care to remember He was a good bloke who loved his dogs - and his trains, but that's another story. He could always be relied upon and would do anything for anybody. We have holidayed together for years Ė first as part of the Clifton group, and then just us with Roger and Ros. If you needed a hand with the awning or some other help, Roger would be there.
Who could forget the time we stayed at Wadebridge for one of the agility shows when the weather was less than ideal, and Roger was camped in the muddy patch? Roger being Roger, we were roped in to move the caravan complete with awning. With the awning still attached to the van - poles and all, of course - and with a willing and hysterical bunch of helpers, he drove the caravan to a new pitch.
Roger left us so quickly with no chance to say goodbye. We will miss you so much and our Cornish holidays will never be the same again. God bless you.
To Ros and his daughters Amanda and Gemma and all the family our heartfelt sympathy.
Jean & Dave Sweeney
It is with great sadness DK9, maker of agility garden equipment, has closed its doors for business due to the sad loss of Nigel Foreman who passed away at home on 10th March after a short illness.
Nigel and Sarah have been at many shows with their trade stand over the past 20 years and thank the Agility world for its support and the customers' banter. Nigel was always at his happiest at our trade stands teasing customers, drinking his cup of tea and enjoying Smithy's food. We would also like to thank all show organisers for allowing us to trade at their shows.
Nigel will be sadly missed.
Agility has lost another great person in Trevor Greenslade who has sadly passed away. He battled with Parkinson's disease for 20 years and very sadly passed away on Friday, 25th March..
Many of you will remember him taking photos at the shows and whizzing around in various buggies that he had cleverly adapted.
Trevor was such a kind, generous man, who'd always go out of his way to help others. He was always there to help you if you had a problem and was a genius at inventing new things or adapting something to use in emergencies.
We're trying to raise some money to go towards his funeral and some legal fees, so if anyone would like to donate just go to Trevor Greenslade's Funeral Fund (paypal.com Any money raised will contribute towards Trevor's funeral, and legal costs, too.
Rest in peace Trevor. You will be missed by all that knew you.
Thoughts are with Sue Montgomerie and the family at this very unhappy time.
Stephen Daniell has asked me to pass the very very sad news to friends and to the wider agility community that Carol has passed away today.
It has been a long, wearying illness for them both, and I'm sure everyone will want to pause and give a thought to Stephen at this awful time.
Carol was loved by all in the Agility community and far beyond. She did so much with her dogs before joining the Agility world. But it is in agility where we shared most of our enjoyable times. We startied as total beginners and went on to compete, supporting each other all through the grades and running in Champ classes.
So many posts already expressing how fondly everyone remembers Carol ,
To remember our good friend, please consider making a donation in her name, no matter how small, to the Newcastle Hospitals Charity, via Justgiving, i
Let it be a great tribute in Carol's name, always remembered
Carol Daniell, always smiling and encouraging others, RIP
For those of you who remember Martin Pollard, we received the very sad news from the hospital that Martin had passed away on Tuesday, 19th January 2021. He had been admitted to hospital shortly after testing positive for Covid 19.
Martin was very well known for his massive contribution to Agility and Flyball in the early years when they first began, developing the first timing system which will be a constant reminder for me when a show is held.
I'm grateful for all the memories he has left us behind. He will be missed deeply as he touched our hearts more than he actually realised. He had become more than a friend, and, in our eyes, he was part of our family.
It's seems unbelievable that I'm writing this. Ian (aka Scon'ed)] has died, just 17 days after his wife Marg. They met in 1965 when Marg was 15 and he was 16. That's 56 years they have been together. We all said that Ian would not be able to live without Marg.
Last Tuesday he rang me to say he wasn't feeling well. We took him to the doctors on Thursday, and they wanted to admit him. Ian was having none of it. On Friday, he was admitted with Covid-19 and pneumonia. On Monday, he died peacefully with his nephew holding his hand.
Ian was not as confident as you would think but, with me at his side, we were able to put on entertainment at numerous Wirral shows as well as other shows, too. Ian was one of the funniest people I've ever met with a proper scouse humour. We would 'rehearse' in our caravan beforehand and then, when we went on, it would be completely different, but even funnier.
Whether they put Covid or pneumonia on his death certificate, we all know that Ian died from a broken heart. Family was so important to Marg and Ian. Sadly they didn't have children, but their nieces and nephews were adored by them and they adored Marg and Ian.
In true Ian fashion, the last gift he gave to us was that we now have to self-isolate for ten days. Cheers, Ian!
Crikey, we are all going to miss him tremendously.
Angela Morgan & Wirral Club
It is with great sadness that we have to say that Marg lost her long battle with lung disease on Christmas Day.
She was well known all over the North West even though she didn't run a dog but was seen scriming at every show.
Marg ran Wirral show with military precision and was absolutely delighted when we won Best Agility Show at the Kennel Club's 25th celebration. Marg had her beloved club running through like a stick of rock. As long as everyone had fun, Marg was happy.
She will be sorely missed especially by her husband Ian.
Angela Morgan & Wirral Club
For those of you who remember Dave Perry, he died on 16th December 2020. He did agility for some 40 years and was a popular judge. He was the first Championship judge at Crufts, and it is alleged that he had judged every major final in Agility at least once, save The Highland Final.
Many people still have his superbly crafted miniature model agility sets. He is also remember for making agility equipment as well as a tall 'umpire's' chair for his wife to sit on while scribing at one of the Olympia qualifiers.
He was a kind and honourable gentleman. RIP.
Rita Schofield and others on Agilitynet FB
In the early hours of the morning, I received very sad news that Jackey Slater, a close friend of mine, had passed away from Covid.
Many of you would of known her for her big personality and for how supportive she was. She loved her dogs and agility.
I had the privilege to be Jackey's junior handler for seven years, working with Ace, Roo, Lucy and Fox. A lot of people called me Mini Jackey.
Before I met her, I was very quiet. She took a lot of time out to support me with Agility and also with my life outside Agility. She said that she would help me find my voice - and she did.
I have so many wonderful memories of this lady from agility training/shows to days out. Even when I got too old for Juniors, Jackey continued to support me along my agility journey. She was always there when I needed advice on anything. She was one of my agility idols growing up. I am so grateful for all the amazing experiences I got to have all thanks to Jackey.
Sleep tight Jackey. You will be truly missed by so many people whom you have helped over the years. I, for one, will miss you deeply as you was more than a good friend. In my eyes, you were my family.
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