George Johnston
Written by Beverly Deacon   

george-johnstonSadly I have to report the death of George I Johnston (Sykemoor) who died on Tuesday 14th July.  I had known George and his late wife Cynthia for many years.  George was a gentleman, one of the old school, he had a great knowledge and understanding of the breed which he had owned along with his father since WW2.  A lot of his learning came from their association with the Jardine family and the Waterbeck Dandies.  One of George's most famous dogs was Ch Gladsmuir Gay Godess, whelped in 1952 bred by FL LT and Mrs Peter Townshend she won three CC's from 1954 to 1956.  George's other great love was Basset Hounds though I will leave that part of his life to others more qualified than me to comment on.

George was quite a figure in his hometown of Wigton, Cumbria where the family business was a shoe shop, the oldest family run shop in the town.  The shop was first owned by George's father, then went on to George and Cynthia and on retirement passed on to their son, also called George.

He awarded CC's in Dandies and many of the Hound breeds including the Group, one of his proudest moments was to judge the Hound Group at Crufts in 2004 when the Whippet Ch Cobyco Call The Tune won BIS.  He judged the breed at SKC this year and was due to judge the DDTC Ch show in 2010, an appointment he considered a great honour and was looking forward to greatly.  He was a honorary member of the DDTC.

God bless George, it was a pleasure to have known you.

Beverly Deacon.