Obituary for Pat Munro

by Elizabeth Nagle

Mrs Patricia Margaret Anne Munro

“PAT” Rest In Peace

Pat’s funeral took place on Tuesday 14th June, 2016, 2pm at her local church, St John the Baptist, Pebmarsh. She was laid to rest in a beautiful Grave at the back of St John Church. (Trust Pat to find the best spot RIP)

It was a Beautiful service attended by her family and a close group of friends. Antony Salmon The Chairman of the Kerry Blue Association: wrote and read a lovely tribute to Pat which was very touching and had many of us In tears, it was very fitting indeed – Thank you Tony.

On our way to the church we had some terrible floods on the motorway but as soon as we reach our destination. The sun seemed to shine, just for Pat, which was a great comfort to the family and the rest of us.

The reception was held at the Dorringtan/Scenerios, Trinity St, Halstead. A lovely venue with good food and drink, plenty parking spaces a credit to Don & Family. We were introduced to Pat’s family, which gave me the opportunity to meet Pat’s sister Dawn for the first time, what a Lovely lady, who is also interested in dogs and horses. We had a lovely chat about Pat and her love of animals. Of course Pat was also interested in horses. Dawn gave me permission to use this Lovely picture of Pat when she use to ride many years ago. Dawn said, “It’s both their favourite Photo..! Thank you Dawn.

Many have paid tribute to Pat’s kindness and helpfulness to our next generation of exhibitors and show judges. Which I totally agree with. She was really amazing and a great assess to our breed.

Pat was a very much respected breeder, exhibiter and international show judge. I know how passionate she was about our Breed, she loved and adored the Kerry Blue Terrier. Her dedication to the breed has provided a legacy which will be hard to follow and in my opinion she will be right up there with the best.

Pat shared her life with her husband Don, Sons Kevin, Steve, David, and her grandson Albie. She was delighted when Albie took an interest exhibiting the Kerrie’s.

Pat and Don made up 48 plus champions and many international champions, I think there are more but I’m sure Don will put me Right on this? They are far too many to mention on here.

There greatest achievement was when Don handled UK/American & Canadian Champion Callaghan of Leander to Best In Show at Crufts 1979 the very first Kerry Blue to take that Title. It was a very proud moment for Pat & Don and of course it was fantastic for the breed.

Myself and my husband Con met Pat and Don in mid 70s, when our children were very young. We used to attend lots of Open shows and the kids loved it , we always got on very well and had lots of good times together, we attended many after show Dinner/Dance parties, Champion stakes and Pro dogs Stakes, all over the place , yes, we have some Wonderful memories.

Pat was always up for promoting and helping out at all our breed Show’s, myself and Con Served with Pat on the committee of the Association in the early eighties with our Dear friends Jimmy & Thersa Moreland. Pat was as active as ever back then as far as I can remember she edited several of the Kerry Blue handbooks, she also drew some wonderful illustrations for many of the handbooks. Nothing was too much for Pat when it came to helping our wonderful breed.

Yes, Pat was a sweet thoughtful funny creative talented person. She produced some beautiful works of arts for all the breed Clubs and her work was known all over the World.

What I admired most about Pat was her passion and pride for the Breed, she was so dedicated and always stood up for our wonderful Breed – The Kerry Blue Terrier.

She always supported and managed to get to all the breed shows, always looking very glamourous. Her Kerry Blues looked clean, shiny and with the help of her husband Don – Presentation was at its best. We solute you for that Pat… Our breed will feel your loss so very much and we will miss your beautiful welcoming smile…

Rest In Peace Our Dear Friend Pat.

Our Deepest Sympathies go to Don & Boys and all Pat’s Family. Liz & Con, Neil. Caroline & Myles are thinking about you at this very sad time, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always

Liz Nagle