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Kerry People of the Past

The United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club and our Breed owes a debt of gratitude to the breeders, exhibitors, and fanciers of Kerry Blues who have come before us. 

The United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club will never forget the contributions of the many members who have come before us.  We want to provide a way to remember those members regardless of role in the USKBTC who have supported our Club and Kerry Blue Terriers in the past.  This page is intended to that.

We are asking those of you who know a deceased USKBTC member (no matter how far in the past) to submit a brief write-up for this Page of Honor.  Digital material only and a photo (jpg format) will be included in the post.   All material will subject to editing for space.  Please submit your input to uskbtcweb@gmail.com.  For complete details and the format to submit please follow this link (Wall of Honor.)

It will take months to build this list and it will only be possible with your help.

  • 11/15/2019 3:32 PM | Web Team (Administrator)

    Frank and Linda Sousa’s contributions to Kerries are evident in the results of their breeding program. As Carl Ashby put it, “If you review the record books you will find their success in the ring across the board under many different judges, the test of a truly consistent, quality program”. Applying both analytical science and an innate ability to project results of a breeding, Frank bred many outstanding Kerries. I submit however, the foremost quality possessed by both Frank and Linda is a generosity of spirit and willingness to mentor in every way possible newcomers to the breed or for that matter, anyone who requested help.

    Based on Frank’s recommendation we purchased our first Kerry, not of Frank’s breeding but one he felt had an excellent pedigree and potential. Not only did he and Linda invest considerable time and effort in teaching us the dynamics of the breed but Frank made sure Don Wilde knew of O’Connell’s progress and quality, not trusting me to properly communicate the information! You’ve heard of people who give 110%, Frank gave 150%! He could never do enough to help improve the breed. Unfortunately Frank had numerous health related problems which severely impacted his quality of life. I never heard him complain. If asked how he was doing, the standard reply was “Oh, ok.”

    Frank and Linda donated a trophy to the USKBTC in Ray Perry’s memory. It was redesigned, at Frank’s urging, to improve its durability. If I didn’t call him with an update on the status of the work, he called me. I will never forget the smile on his face when the trophy was placed in his lap at Montgomery.

    We will miss him; he was a great dog man and a true friend.

    Dedication written by Tom Rogers, which appeared in the USKBTC National Specialty Show section of the 2005 Montgomery County Kennel Club catalog. 


  • 02/14/2019 4:08 PM | Web Team (Administrator)

    Bert came to Kerry Blue terriers in 1942 with a strictly “pet quality” Kerry, yet that Kerry’s personality inspired he and wife Peg to stay in the breed. Their love of the breed grew, and they registered the Marberlane kennel prefix in 1947. Bert and Peg’s first litter came from purchasing a bitch-in-whelp from a prominent Kerry kennel, with bloodlines going back to Ch. Michael of Somerset, Ch. Lisnalea Eager, Ch. Deed’s Showoff and Bluecote lines. Bert finished Marberlane’s Masquerader, his first as a breeder/owner/handler, in 1950 – the first of over 60 Marberlane champion greats.

    Bert obtained his handler certification in 1951, then went on to become a Terrier and BIS judge in the late 1960’s. He was an active charter member of two all-breed clubs in addition to belonging to the Greater Pittsburgh Kerry Blue Terrier Club and the Empire Kerry Blue Terrier Club. He served in a variety of leadership positions, including board member and show chairman, providing numerous educational programs and classes, often for no fee. He was a Lifetime Member of the USKBTC, and was featured on the cover of Terrier Type as “The Terrier Man”.

    Condensed from the memorial tribute which appeared in the USKBTC National Specialty Show section of the 2015 Montgomery County Kennel Club catalog.


  • 12/21/2018 4:40 PM | Web Team (Administrator)

     

         Bob Nazak was a dedicated family man, Naval Academy graduate, dog man, and a friend to all.  He, along with his wife Martha, bred and showed Kerry Blue Terriers for many years.  They owned 2 National Specialty Best of Breed winners.

        Bob served his country for 20 plus years as a naval officer and was the father of three children.  Bob always put family first but found time to give back to dogs.  He served the USKBTC in many capacities...perhaps best known for his math skills at our Futurity.

         It was with both sadness and extreme pride that we recognized Bob by dedicating the 2011 National Specialty to his memory. The Robert M. Nazak Breeder’s Challenge Trophy, recognizing the breeder of the Best of Breed at the  National Specialty was premiered at this Specialty as a lasting reminder of Bob and his contributions to Kerry Blue Terriers.

     


  • 12/20/2018 12:52 PM | Web Team (Administrator)

                Donald Wilde purchased his first Kerry Blue Terrier, Connell’s Wild Irish Rose in 1987.  In 1988 he and Rosey’s breeder headed off to the Montgomery Kennel Club show.  The plan was to have the breeder show Rosey.  Because of a conflict, Don showed her.  He put on his Irish cap and that became his trademark in the ring.

                Don and wife Jean bred and showed Kerry Blue Terriers under the Cordial prefix.  A name which truly described Don to those who knew him.

                Don was active in the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club serving on the Board of Governors and ultimately as President.  He served as the first Chair of USKBTC Charitable Funds.  Don was the driving force for the formation of the Lower Michigan Kerry Blue Terrier Club.





  • 12/20/2018 12:47 PM | Web Team (Administrator)

         Martha Nazak was outgoing and dynamic …. a loyal wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She was truly a creative artist in many disciplines, which contributed to her expertise in grooming and setting Kerry ears. She was strong competitor, but family and friends always took priority.  

         She and her husband Bob bred and showed Kerry Blue Terriers for many years under the Whimsy prefix.  They owned 2 National Specialty Best of Breed winners.  Martha actively served on the United Kerry Blue Terrier Board of Governors and Chaired the Haymarket Futurity for several years.  When help was needed she was the “helping” hand.

         Through her many adventures as a Navy wife, she raised three great kids and received tremendous joy in being a grandmother.  Martha always had a passion for dogs and loved all aspects of being involved the Kerry Blue community.  She was a friend and mentor to all.

     


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