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In Memory

                   Remembering agility friends who have passed away...

Liz Spreadbury
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!

No 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 8JB

RIP Liz xxx

Wendy (second youngest sister)

Sarah Vallom

It 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 comfort.

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.

We 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.

Sarah's 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.

Sarah 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.

Family 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, too

Andrew Towner

Gary Bye

It is great sadness and shock that we announce that Gary Bye passed away on Sunday 3 September 2017.

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.

Our thoughts 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

Catherine Emery

On 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.

I 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.

Anna Allan

Tony Edwards

It is with great sadness that we announce that Tony Edwards passed away peacefully on Thursday 6th April.

He 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 Crawley.

Sam McCracken

The world became a sadder place yesterday. Sam McCracken was called home. 

He was Best Man at our wedding and he really was the best man. He was the best friend anyone could ask for.

Sam 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.

Sam is 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.

On a 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.

Sam, you really were the BEST MAN and I miss you already.

Michael McCartney

Chris Barrett

Chris Barrett 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.

For 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

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 agility family.

The agility community has lost a brave and inspirational lady.

Audrey Rogers

We 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.

They ran 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.

We also 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.

Audrey 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 the years.

The 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 WD19 4NR.

Rosemary & Ian Stowers

Ruth Mackintosh

We have just heard of the very sad passing of Ruth Mackintosh, a wonderful lady who will be sadly missed by all the agility community.

I had 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 in person

For those that would like to attend Ruth Mackintosh's funeral, it will be on Tuesday 8th November at 1pm in Inverurie. Please respect family's wishes of family flowers only.

Dawn GIlmour

Photo: Linda Gore
Tracy Flower

Tracy 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 friend.

Please 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 disease.

Tracy is a champion of so many people's hearts.

On 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 Just Giving 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.

Ruth Abrahams

From 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.

The funeral will be followed by a reception in the equestrian centre which situated at the entrance to the Woodland Site. All are very welcome.

Hazel Williams
Died 5 June 2016

For 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 dogs.

We will be raising 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.

For those 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

Terry Felstead
Died 27 May 2016

I am 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 for.

Terry's 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.

Family 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 JustGiving  and specify that the donation is to go to The Margaret Kerr Unit in memory of Terry.

All are welcome but please let either Terry's sister Jean or myself know if you will be attending so that we can ascertain catering numbers.

Karen Felstead

Tom Greening Memorial Trophy

Last 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 his face.

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.

The Red 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.

Winners of the 2016 Tom Greening Class were: -

  1. Robin Gretenkort with Cories Black Toast - 32.281 (C)

  2. Ben Elseworthy with Tri Lola - 35 275 (C)

  3. Ruth 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. '

Steve Tubb

Reg Rogers
11 November 1935 - 28 April 2016

We have 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.

Antony Saggers

It is 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.

Rita Alderson
23rd September 1933 - 5th March 2016.

It's 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.

They 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.

She once told Nicolina Mansfield that she had seen One Man and His Dog and thought 'if he can do it so can I.'

In 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. 

If 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.

Sue Culmer

Peter Webster
Died 10 March 2016

Peter Webster sadly passed away in L&D Hospital Thursday morning, 10th March after a short illness.

He was 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.

For 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.

Liz Stedman

Jan Guyan
Died 27 February 2016

Some sad 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 lady.

Graham 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.

RIP Jan. Scottish Agility will miss you.

I'm sure 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.

Funeral arrangements
It's 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!

The funeral will be on Wednesday,9 March at Kaimhill Funeral Home, Kaimhill Road, Aberdeen AB10 7JL

I have included the Funeral Directors website below should you wish to contact them direct for further information.


Rob Farry on FaceBook

Dick Farrar

Very 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.

Thank you Dick Farrar for all you have done for this wonderful sport and the many happy memories we have shared. We will miss you.

Thoughts go out to Rita and family at this difficult time - love and hugs.

RIP Dick - a bright star shining over us tonight.

Natasha Wise

Millie Paterson
20 March 1930 - 7 January 2016

Truly 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.

Millie's 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.

Grandma will be sorely missed by many.

For 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.

Amy Lawson