The Canadian Kennel Club was deeply saddened to learn about the recent passing of Russel (Sandy) Fletcher—a much-loved and widely-respected member of the CKC family and incredible advocate for the purebred dog world. We feel honoured and fortunate to have known Sandy and will remember his time with us with great fondness and admiration.
Sandy was a CKC Life Member and served as the CKC Board Director for BC Interior & Yukon - Zone 12 from
2012 until his recent resignation effective January 14, 2016. He was a CKC Conformation judge for eight years and served on numerous executive positions at All Breed Dog Clubs as well as Specialty Cubs. Sandy was also a founding member of the Stampede City Whippet Club as well as the Foothills Graze Hound Club and more recently, the President of the Sagebrush Working and Herding club of BC, and the Show Chairman for the Kamloops and District Kennel Club.
Sandy’s experience exhibiting and breeding purebred dogs spanned an impressive 45 years and his contribution to the purebred dog world will never be forgotten.
Wendy Maisey, Former CKC Board Director for Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, remembers Sandy with incredible fondness. “There are few people in this world I call a real friend and he was one. I will miss him.” Wendy met Sandy in the early 80’s and loved his sense of humour and quiet way. She recalls that he had an outstanding Toy Manchester, Chatter, that was the best she have ever seen of that breed; how he bred excellent whippets and was truly knowledgeable on all the hound breeds. Wendy recalls the laughter and friendship with Sandy when they were on the CKC Board together and how they, as CKC Conformation Judges, had excellent debates about various dogs.
Long-time friend and all-breed judge, Richard Lopaschuk and his wife Nancy remember Sandy as a dedicated exhibitor and kind soul who “was always the person to go to for help if you had a problem.” They knew Sandy to be a meticulous cook who would prepare dinners after a show so that all the exhibitors could enjoy his gourmet feast. “He so enjoyed doing this to make everyone happy and enjoy the company together,” recalls Richard. The Lopaschuks appreciated Sandy’s humour, how he “always had a joking comment for whatever the situation” and will always remember their friend with great affection. “We will miss your smiling face and most of all your generosity. Rest in peace, you will forever be on our minds and in our hearts.”
Sandy always had the best interests of our members and purebred dogs at heart and will be sorely missed by friends and colleagues, near and far. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife, Tempest and Sandy’s family and friends. We wish them peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time.