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Muriel Calder


IT IS with great sadness that I have learned of the death of my very dear friend Muriel.
We have known each other for more years than I care to remember. Muriel, before her retirement, came often to judge at our Irish shows and was well respected and had many friends here. She also, among others, gave her support in the early days to the emerging Irish Cat Fancy in its effort to be recognised, and those of us who remember those early days are grateful for that support.

Muriel was a lady of deep faith and strong principles. It was always a joke between us that she had climbed Croagh Patrick (a pilgrim mountain climb of considerable difficulty in the West of Ireland) and I had never attempted to do so.

On behalf of all here who knew and respected her, I send our sincere sympathy to her son Alex and her daughter Mary, grand-daughter Annabel and her grandsons.

Until we meet again, “Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilis”, an Irish saying which means “May her loyal soul be at God’s right hand”.
Betty Dobbs

 

IT IS with sadness that I have to report the death of our Vice-President, Muriel Calder, who passed away peacefully on 17 January 2007. Muriel had a chest infection since before Christmas, and this seemed to have taken her life.

Muriel spent most of her life living in Guildford with her husband, where she, as a vet, had a practice, however, she spent the past few years in a nursing home in the West Country, near her daughter.

I first met Muriel, who was a Scot, back in the early 80s, and often stewarded for her. She had the most wicked sense of humour. We became good friends, and we often travelled together to shows. I remember delivering a car to Scotland when I was judging at the Dundee show with Miss Marshall as a passenger. Muriel had driven up earlier to visit family and I drove her Metro back, that was an experience, I was exhausted.

Muriel loved the Birmans and was a founder member of the Seal & Blue Point Birman Cat Club.
Due to family being away, Muriel’s cremation will not be until around three weeks time. I will be attending to represent the Seal & Blue Point Birman Cat Club and The National Cat Club (of which she was also an Officer), but most of all I will attend to say goodbye to a grand lady.
Carol Pike

 

IT IS with sadness that I have to report the death of our Vice-President, Muriel Calder, who passed away peacefully on 17 January 2007. Muriel had a chest infection since before Christmas, and this seemed to have taken her life.

Muriel spent most of her life living in Guildford with her husband, where she, as a vet, had a practice, however, she spent the past few years in a nursing home in the West Country, near her daughter.

I first met Muriel, who was a Scot, back in the early 80s, and often stewarded for her. She had the most wicked sense of humour. We became good friends, and we often travelled together to shows. I remember delivering a car to Scotland when I was judging at the Dundee show with Miss Marshall as a passenger. Muriel had driven up earlier to visit family and I drove her Metro back, that was an experience, I was exhausted.

Muriel loved the Birmans and was a founder member of the Seal & Blue Point Birman Cat Club.
Due to family being away, Muriel’s cremation will not be until around three weeks time. I will be attending to represent the Seal & Blue Point Birman Cat Club and The National Cat Club (of which she was also an Officer), but most of all I will attend to say goodbye to a grand lady.
Carol Pike


Mrs Val Price


VAL Price of the Sashova prefix, died suddenly on 25 January.
She was a Member of the Russian Blue Breeders Association and served unstintingly on the Committee for many years.

Under her Sashova prefix, she bred many lovely cats which are well known in the UK and Europe. These cats had superb temperaments, which reflected Val’s nature. She was always ready to look after, advise and listen to us all, and so will be missed enormously. John and her family have our deepest sympathy.

To summarise, I repeat what so many people have said when they learned of her death - “she was a lovely lady”.
Jill Jackson, Chairman, Russian Blue Breeders Association