Remembering agility friends who have passed away...
23 November 1940 - 6 September 2017
Lis Spreadbury died at 1.30 on the morning of 6th September, having put up a
really good fight to beat that dreadful cancer invading her body. The treatment
was too hard on her body and gradually it shut all her vital organs down over
the last few days. Her husband Ian, niece Tabbi and second youngest sister Wendy
were there to the end.
His sister-in-law said that Ian is, of course, devastated and will need the
support of the agility community now.
The one thing that comes across from comments on Facebook is how everyone
remembers Liz's smile. This is what will remember too as she smiled through her
days in hospital and the nursing home. The nursing staff all commented on that
smile and she was still smiling on her last day!
funeral arrangements yet but Ian is thinking the service will be at
Easthampstead Crematorium but nothing has yet been discussed with any official.
Watch this space for details.
Ian Spreadbury's address is c/o Perry Bridge Farm, Wokingham Rd. Sandhurst, GU47
RIP Liz xxx
Wendy (second youngest sister)
is with incredible sadness that I have to tell you that our amazing Sarah passed
away on the afternoon of 4th September.
Many of you will be aware that she has been battling cancer since earlier this
year but, despite her immense courage and bravery, our beautiful Sister has been
taken from us.
With the amazing help of so many friends, family and carers we were able to keep
her wish that she could stay at home, surrounded by her beloved Stig, Lilli &
Kiss and her sisters Liz and Kate. Now free from pain, she has taken her last
journey to find the love of her life, the Big Man Leigh and that is some
Sarah was such a beautiful person, both inside and out, so we know that a huge
number of family, friends and Agility family will miss her as much as we will.
will let you know funeral arrangements as soon as we can, but it would be a
great comfort to the family if you could take the time to post your favourite
photo of you and Sarah so we can remember what she meant to all of us.
RIP sis-in-law... until we meet again.
funeral will be held on Friday, 22 September at St Richard's Chapel, Sussex &
Surrey Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley RH10 3NQ. Start time is 2.15 pm.
added such colour to life and was a great competitor with horses and& dogs so
the family invite you to wear a rosette in her honour to the celebration of her
life. Don't worry if you can't as you will all still be welcome.
flowers only please but donations to St. Catherine's Hospice, Crawley would be
most welcome. Funded by donations it provided welcome help to Sarah recently and
she was a great supporter of it after they gave Leigh dignity in his final days,
It is great
sadness and shock that we announce that Gary Bye passed away on Sunday 3
Gary has been
at the heart of our show office for the last seven years and helped us with so
many different things during that time.
go to his wife Lyn, step son Ryan and all Gary's family.
He will be
missed hugely by all in the CSA team.
Luke & Graham Taylor
behalf of Craig Emery - and with his permission - it is with deep sadness that I
have to tell you that Catherine Emery passed away last night at 10.25pm with her
husband and her family beside her. She was the most amazing, strongest, bravest
person and she fought to the very end.
would ask that you give Craig and her family time to grieve for their loss. An
announcement will be made re funeral etc. when known.
The agility world will be a sadder place without her. Goodnight, my bestie.
is with great sadness that we announce that Tony Edwards passed away peacefully
on Thursday 6th April.
will be greatly missed by the agility fraternity.
The funeral is to be held at Guildford Crematorium on Wednesday, 19th April at
11.15 am. Followed by a garden celebration of Tony's life at Stonehousewood (RH5
5PL) Family flowers only all donations to St. Catherine's amazing hospice in
world became a sadder place yesterday. Sam McCracken was called home.
Best Man at our wedding and he really was the best man. He was the best friend
anyone could ask for.
achieved so much in his doggy career. I first met him in 1979 when I joined
Lisburn & District Dog Club and we've been friends ever since.
part of an elite group who have qualified dogs for both Champ Obedience and
Champ agility. He also was part of the Northern Ireland Obedience team who won
the Obedience World Cup in 2010. Sam also won Irish Dog of the year which
qualified him for Olympia. Sam has also had an illustrious judging career
judging at the KC Festival, too.
more personal note: Sam has been my right hand man for all those years and a
more dependable friend you could never meet. I will miss him more than any words
can express. I'm proud that I could call him a friend. Sam left the life the way
he lived it - no fuss and peacefully.
really were the BEST MAN and I miss you already.
passed away on 8th January and is now pain free. He always had a smile on his
face and you always new a conversation would end in laughter. He will be missed.
those who wish to attend his funeral, it will be held on Friday, 10th February
at 12.00pm at the Medway Crematorium (Bluebell Hill), Robin Hood Lane, Chatham,
ME5 9QU. The wake will then be held at The Gamecock Pub, London Road, West
Kingsdown, Kent TN15 6EL.
Christine and Lynn want to celebrate his life and would love to see people
wearing bright colours on the day. Black is not necessary. Also, flowers will be
from family only. There will, however, there will be an opportunity for donate
to the Ellenor Hospice. If you wish to attend, please could you let them know
just so they can work out catering.
Yvonne Goode lost her battle with cancer, and passed away peacefully in
her sleep at 1.35am on 17th December. It's a very sad day for our
The agility community has lost a brave and inspirational
have known Audrey and her husband Reg Rogers for over 30 years from when we went
to one our first Agility shows - the Rugby show at Olney Prison in 1986. We
borrowed a tent so that we could compete over the weekend, but it rained
constantly from the time we arrived on the Friday throughout the weekend. We got
chatting to Audrey and Reg and they could clearly see that our first camping
experience was dreadful so they invited us into their cosy warm caravan for a
cup of tea and a warm up. From then on we became firm friends.
agility shows under the name of Watford Agility Club and we would help them out
in any way we could and vice versa. Reg would judge for us and Audrey would
come along and scribe at the show or do any other job that was required, always
with a happy smile on her face.
met up with them each year when we went to Jersey where there was one venue -
a farmerís field - where we would have to clear the cow pats so that we could
compete in the ring. Audrey had her run and the next thing we saw was that she
had stepped into a cow pat, but Audrey being Audrey, just laughed it off.
was always very happy and helpful and she will be so sadly missed in the Agility
world and by her family and extensive friends that both she and Reg made over
funeral will be held on Friday, 9th December at 3 pm at West Herts Crematorium,
Garston. Audrey wanted casual clothing and no black clothes and no flowers.
Post funeral get together will be at Bushey Cricket Club, Eastbury Road, Watford
Rosemary & Ian Stowers
just heard of the very sad passing of Ruth Mackintosh, a wonderful lady who will
be sadly missed by all the agility community.
the chance to chat with Ruth via Messenger awhile back and - as you do - I said
to her if there was anything I could do to let me know. The one thing she
specifically said was that she knew she was not well enough to travel to
Gleniffer, SKC and Prestwick Agility shows and she said she had hoped to come
along to see her many friends and say goodbye as she knew how ill she was. So. I
am passing this message from Ruth. Goodbye to her many friend that she has met
through her and Kevin's love of the dogs. She is sorry she never got to say it
those that would like to attend Ruth Mackintosh's funeral, it will be on
Tuesday 8th November at 1pm in Inverurie.
respect family's wishes of family flowers only.
Photo: Linda Gore
Flower fought hard her battle against stomach cancer but sadly passed away on
Monday morning, 18th July. Pink Flower Sunday on Sunday, 24th will be occurring
around the shows and afar to remember the beautiful Tracy that we loved as our
let's show our love by wearing something ink and standing together to applaud
Tracy's wonderful life and the strength she showed in battling this cruel
a champion of so many people's hearts.
behalf of all the agility community, we would like to thank Nick Cirket for
taking this opportunity to raise money to help Macmillan Cancer Support - via a
page - as per Tracy's wish. The agility press look forward to attending the
handover of the cheque of the final funds raised to Macmillan Cancer. In loving
memory for our dear friend Miss Tracy Flower.
Helen Murphy on behalf of Nick Cirket
Tracy Flower's funeral will be on 3rd August at 2pm at St. Albans Woodland
Burial Trust, Church Road, Keysoe, Bedford MK44 2JP. Family flowers only.
Donations to the
Just Giving site please. Attire is bright colours especially PINK. The site
is set in 60 acres of woodland and the ceremony will be held outside. Dogs are
welcome but please, please respect the area.
funeral will be followed by a reception in the equestrian centre which situated
at the entrance to the Woodland Site. All are very welcome.
Died 5 June 2016
those people that don't know, last Sunday a very special lady passed away. Hazel
Williams was one of the most happy, laid back ladies I've ever had the pleasure
of meeting and training with. She was devoted not only her family but also her
We will be
a glass at Oswestry/High Lane agility show also friends far as are friends - far
and wide - who cannot be here are doing the same and on Sunday we will be
holding a minutes silence in her honour.
who didn't know Hazel, she was often referred to her as the 'lady with the
purple hair.' So drink in hand, purple hair clipped in, we raise to you Hazel.
We miss you.
Lisa Jones on FB
Died 27 May 2016
very sad to say that Terry passed away peacefully last night. He had suffered
for so many months fighting this cancer, and we were both optimistic that trying
immunotherapy would help to give him some quality time, but it was not to be. He
died fighting the disease with all that he had, which is what he wanted to do
right from the start, but eventually the disease had taken too much of a hold.
It was very quick and peaceful in the end though which is all any of us can wish
funeral will be held on Tuesday 7th June at 4pm at
Parndon Wood Crematorium, Harlow,
CM19 4SF with light refreshments afterwards atThat
Amazing Place, Hubbards Hall Drive, off Churchgate Street, Old Harlow
Essex CM17 0NH which is a B&B where Terry and I stayed at last summer.
flowers only please with donations in Terry's memory to The Margaret Kerr Unit
which is the hospice that helped Terry so much in recent months, and where he
was made so comfortable. There will be a collection box at the funeral for
either cheques (made payable to The Margaret Kerr Unit) or cash, or if you would
prefer please donate directly to the hospice via this
specify that the donation is to go to The Margaret Kerr Unit in memory of Terry.
welcome but please let either Terry's sister Jean or myself know if you will be
attending so that we can ascertain catering numbers.
Greening Memorial Trophy
year at Hatton Festival 2015, Tom Greening was one of the judges and the
previous year he had been one of the Ring Managers. He was well known around the
Midlands and judged at many shows - a true gentleman who always had a smile on
Unfortunately last year a lot of Tomís friends were unable to attend his funeral
as they were down at the Pembrokeshire by The Pond show at the time. The Red
Jackets who run that show thought it was fitting to have a minute's applause for
Tom at the mid-day prize giving - once again a touching moment in this
closely knit Agility community.
Jackets, who make charitable donations from revenue received, also decided to
remember him by having a Tom Greening Memorial Award The 'Well Done' trophy
commissioned Tom always enjoyed his judging appointments so we put the idea to
Maddie Tomís wife and as most of the team that make Hatton work are also Red
Jacketís we thought this show would be perfect so with her blessing here we came
together to celebrate Tom's life with Dave Perry making a bespoke trophy.
of the 2016 Tom Greening Class were: -
Robin Gretenkort with Cories Black Toast - 32.281 (C)
Elseworthy with Tri Lola - 35 275 (C)
Parker with Gwynion Aki - 35.574 (C)
Steve Tubb said, 'The Agility Community is one big family and many
of us come together at weekends to enjoy this sport. Just like the Gary Woodham
Memorial class which is presented at the Pembroke show each year, we hope that the Tom
Greening Memorial 'Well Done' trophy will be presented at the Hatton Festival
in years to come. '
11 November 1935 - 28 April 2016
heard the sad news that Reg Rogers has passed away this morning. He was in so
much pain that it was a welcome release. His cheeky personality and the many
tireless hours he spent judging at shows will be missed.
with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Elizabeth Sagger's husband Antony
on 23 March 2016. He was such a helpful man - always doing ring party when there
were plenty of others who could have.
23rd September 1933 - 5th March 2016.
with great sadness that I am letting the Agility Community know that very sadly
Rita Alderson passed away on March 5th. She will be greatly missed by all her
Agility friends and even more so by her daughters Claire and Hazel. A truly
inspiring lady who was well known at the shows for her amazing distance
handling. Rita was still working her collie Millie well into her 80s.
take a piece of your heart, as you likewise keep a piece of theirs. Never ever
to be forgotten and with us forever. Our very dear friend Rita, we will treasure
the swop. Thanks for being our friend.
told Nicolina Mansfield
that she had seen One Man and His Dog and thought 'if he can do it so can I.'
celebration of Rita's life, there will be a service on Wednesday, 23rd March at
10am at Peasmarsh Church, Peasmarsh, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6XS and afterwards at
The Cock Inn, Peasmarsh. Perigoes are the funeral directors and any flowers need
to be at their Northiam branch by 4pm the day before.
donations preferred then either Parkinson's Disease or St. Michaels Hospice.
Please send c/o J. Perigoe & Son, Dixter Road, Northiam, East Sussex TN31 6LB.
Died 10 March 2016
Webster sadly passed away in L&D Hospital Thursday morning, 10th March after a
involved with the startup of BATS Club which was one of the first ever UK
Agility Clubs. Although he didn't compete very often, his main passion being
Obedience, he enjoyed training his dogs and was a BATS trainer for many years.
those wishing to attend Peter's funeral service, the details are as follows:
3.15pm Tuesday, 5 April at The Vale, Butterfield Green Road, Stopsley, Luton LU2
8DD. No flowers. Then back to Pete's afterwards, if you wish.
Died 27 February 2016
news from North of the Border. Jan Guyan sadly passed away peacefully in her
sleep on Sagturday, 27th February. She fought to the very end - a truly brave
and I were by her side. The care she received from the staff at Roxbrough House
in Aberdeen was outstanding. We can not thank them enough for what they did for
Mum in her last few days.
Scottish Agility will miss you.
you all would like to pass on your thoughts to Graham personally. However, he
has asked me to say, please could you all respect his privacy at this time.
been a tough couple of days but I can now confirm Mum's funeral arrangements
below. Mum has planned the whole of her funeral, so, as I'm sure you all can
imagine it's going to be anything but normal!
funeral will be on Wednesday,9 March at Kaimhill Funeral Home, Kaimhill Road,
Aberdeen AB10 7JL
included the Funeral Directors website below should you wish to contact them
direct for further information.
Farry on FaceBook
very sad and have shed a few tears tonight after hearing that the agility
community has lost a true gent today - such a loving, caring, and supportive man
who will be dearly missed by many.
you Dick Farrar for all you have done for this wonderful sport and the many
happy memories we have shared. We will miss you.
go out to Rita and family at this difficult time - love and hugs.
- a bright star shining over us tonight.
20 March 1930 - 7 January 2016
the most amazing loving Mother and Grandmother sadly passed away Thursday, 7th
January 2016. Millie Paterson first started agility 20 plus years ago with her
lovely wee sheltie Jess. She was a member of Chippenham Agility Club for many
years where she met some wonderful friends.
love for agility was still present right up to the end. Whilst running a full
course became increasingly difficult for her, she continued to train Lizzie
weekly and enjoyed watching friend's run her dogs, too.
will be sorely missed by many.
anyone that would like to attend the funeral, it will be held at Semington
Crematorium, Semington, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 6HL on Thursday 21st January
at 11.30am. The family kindly ask if you can all wear something cheerful to
reflect the lady she was.