I FIRST met Pat Short around 30 years ago when, as a novice, I made the ‘then’ long journey from Worcester to the Burmese CC AGM in London.
She very kindly took me under her wing and introduced me to the breeders at the meeting and made me feel at home with everyone, for which I was very grateful.
This was typical of Pat, who was a very caring and thoughtful person. The world will be a sadder place without her. My thoughts are with her family at this sad time.
Marcia Owen, Goldlay Birmans, Burmese & Singapuras
Pat Short died on 1 August 2007 at the age of 90 years, after a valiant struggle against lung cancer.
She was a long-standing member of the Committee of the Burmese Cat Club, to which she was elected in 1977. As Deputy Chairman of the Committee, chairing meetings as occasion required, her calm and practical manner was much appreciated. Her involvement with the Club continued until the last months of her life and her outstanding contribution was recognised by the Committee in offering her the honorary appointment of Vice-President. She was always proud of having laid out and typed the very first Stud List for the Club. She maintained the Kitten List for her Region over many years and there are countless new owners of Burmese who have benefited from her friendly but expert advice.
Her involvement with the Southern Counties Cat Club was equally distinguished. She was Secretary of the Club from 1975 until 1993 and was its GCCF Delegate and Vice-Chairman for many years. Her appointment as President was a fitting honour for her work for the Club.
She was active on the committees of the GCCF itself, serving on the Appeals Committee for many years, having also served on the Executive, Disciplinary and Investigation committees.
She was a successful breeder of Burmese under the prefix Indianqueen, the prefix being named for a Cornish village, in tribute to her husband, Cliff, himself a Cornish man. Her love of Burmese dated from her first kitten, Wavermouse Futtehpur, bought in 1964 from Mrs Elizabeth Gray. Of the many fine cats that she bred, Ch Indianqueen Brown Bomber will be remembered by all.
Her main love, though, was judging. This began when, in 1972, she judged the Household Pet section at the National Cat Club Show. She was appointed a Burmese Judge in 1976, one of the first to be selected by the Burmese Judging Panel. Her judging was widely respected; her method of looking at the whole cat and seeking to identify its good features, rather than looking at once for faults, was one that stood her in good stead over the years. Many Stewards and Probationer Judges speak warmly of her help and kindness.
Pat Short was born in the North Riding of Yorkshire, her early career being as a dispenser in a medical practice. She was a keen swimmer and diver, being invited to train for the English championships – an offer that she refused because it would have meant giving up the other things in life.
Her marriage to Cliff Short brought her to live in the south. Theirs was a long and happy marriage, though Pat knew her share of grief when her only daughter, Julia, died of kidney problems in 1995, and when her husband was tragically killed in a road accident in 1999. In that year, Pat was herself injured in an accident.
Pat had known for many years that she had lung cancer and was active in her local Breathe Easy group, part of the British Lung Foundation. From her happy demeanour and her always-immaculate appearance, no one would have suspected that she had any problems in the world. She took a full part in the life of Chislehurst, where she had settled with Cliff over forty years ago. Her last years were enriched by the nearby presence of her son Charles, his wife and their son and daughter.
THE Singapura Cat Club was very sad to hear of the passing of a dear friend and colleague, Mike Clark.
Mike was a pillar of strength, acting as Hon Secretary for the BAC for many years. He was a font of wisdom in many areas and a dear colleague and breeder of Exotics.
His passing is a sad occasion, and I know that I have the total support of all the Members of the Club in the UK and overseas in expressing our sympathy to his wife and family.
He will be missed and will always have a place in the history of the Breed Advisory Committee of the Singapura Cat Club UK.
Our thoughts are with his family. Mike Clark was a man in a million.
Ray Wigley BSc MD, Hon Secretary, BAC Singapura Cat Club UK