It is with much sadness that the Curly Coated Retriever Club announce the passing of Bernice Lukes.
To those who never really knew her she was a stalwart of the breed, her knowledge second to none. She worked tirelessly for the curly. She was a true friend to many and she loved nothing better than to spend time discussing her beloved breed. She will be much missed by her peers, some of who kept in regular contact with her over the years.
She had her first curly back in 1968. Bernice has been a member and Committee member of the Curly Coated Retriever Club for many years, serving as Vice Chairman from 1994 to 1996, Secretary for 11 years from 1996 to 2007. She was granted life membership in 2003 following 30 year’s service to the Club. She was made Patron in 2012, again in recognition of services to the Club. Bernice was Editor of the Curly Contact which was the precursor to our current Yearbook. She was also breed archivist for many years and had written several articles for various papers and magazines. She wrote breed notes for Dog World until its demise.
Bernice judged at Champ Show level judging the breed Champ Show in 1997 with a total of 88 entries. She also judged the Curly Coated Retriever Club of America's Speciality Show in 2009.
Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time. Bernice was very much family orientated.
Online access to her funeral has been made available as there will be many of her friends who would have wished to attend but are unable to do so for various reasons. The funeral will take place at Falconwood Crematorium on 3rd September at 13.45. Venue Log in details are:
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