Death Of Alan Rountree Announced
The Kennel Club was deeply saddened to receive the news that Alan Rountree, a director on the Kennel Club Board, passed away peacefully at home on Friday 27th July.
Alan served the Kennel Club with great distinction for many years, having been elected as a member in 1990. He served on the General Committee/Board for 17 years since his election in 2001 and was on the Field Trials Committee for 14 years from 1998 to 2012, and was its chairman from 2000 to 2012. He served eight years on the Field Trial Council and also spent time on the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee. In recent years, he led the search for freehold property for the Kennel Club to provide facilities for working dog activities, leading to the acquisition of the Emblehope and Burngrange Estate in March 2016.
Always passionately interested in game, shooting and gundogs, he first trained German Shorthaired Pointers and began competing in Pointer and Setter
trials. He got his first Labrador in 1973, and made up eleven Labradors to Field Trial Champion, eight of these to international Field Trial Champion, and won
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the International Gundog League Retriever Championship and the Irish Kennel Club Championship five times. He judged the International Gundog League Retriever Championship three times and the Irish Kennel Club Championship twice.
Alan qualified as a solicitor in 1971, having been apprenticed to his father, and was the third generation of the family to practise law in the family firm. He retired at the end of 2012.
Alan’s wealth of knowledge was a great benefit to the committees which he served, and he could always be counted on to proffer his considered opinion on subjects of importance, whether it be in support or opposition to the general consensus. He remained actively involved with the Board throughout his illness, joining meetings regularly via video conferencing when unable to travel over to London from his home in Northern Ireland. His passion and commitment shone through to the very end.
Alan will be sorely missed by the committees which he served, the staff of the Kennel Club and those who knew him. Our thoughts are with his wife, Deirdre and stepson, David.
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