A phone call from Doreen’s daughter, Linda gave the sad news Doreen had passed away on January 11th 2017 in hospital. She had not been in the best of health for some time, following a fall whilst on holiday in 2015.
I first met Doreen and her late husband Dennis in 1968 when attending my first local match meeting, it turned out they had joined the breed just six months earlier. As they lived around a 15 minute drive from my husband and I in Yorkshire, we became friends. They later moved to live in Lancashire.
Doreen and her late husband Dennis showed Bedlington terriers under the prefix Phindol, a name made up from their first champion CH Moorside Dandy Dolphin who won his crowning CC in 1975, bred by the late Richard (Dick) Ratcliffe. CH Phindol Blue Dolphin followed in 1978 bred by them. Dennis became a Championship show judge of the breed, but Doreen never aspired to judge at that level, but did judge the breed on a number of occasions at Open show level and judged the National Bedlington Terrier club open show in 1999.
Doreen and Dennis went on to be well known stewards at many shows including regulars at the National Terrier Championship show. They were both members of the Midland Bedlington terrier club and the National Bedlington Terrier Club and became committee members of the latter club in 1984. Dennis took on the roll of acting secretary of the N.B.T.C.’s centenary show in 1989 with Doreen taking on the roll of chief steward. They were both associated with Lancashire Sporting terrier for many years and at the time of her death Doreen was President of the club. They were a devoted couple and were always together enjoying their regular holidays. They were regular visitors to the Amsterdam Winners show for many years, where we were always sure to meet up either at the show or on a visit to surrounding areas.
Sadly Doreen did not drive and it became impossible for her to get to many shows after Dennis died, but we did share many phones calls where she would relate her time on holidays abroad. I will miss her cheery voice. On behalf of the breed I offer heart felt condolences to daughter Linda, son Douglas, her sister Barbara and all family and friends.
details of Doreen Harker's funeral if anyone planning to attend to let Pam Garbutt know then we can inform her family
family flowers only with donations to Macmillan Nurses
Howarth Parish Church January 31st at 12.45 Church St, Haworth, West Yorkshire, BD22 8DR
afterwards Oakworth Crematorium, Wide Lane, Oakworth, Keighley. BD22 0RJ
all welcome after service at
Newsholme Manor, Slack Lane. Oakworth, Keighley. BD22 0RQ
Funeral Directors. Howcroft Funeral services, Duckett St, Skipton. BD23 2EJ.
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