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- Published: 22 November 2016 22 November 2016
So sorry to hear the sad news that Andrew Begg passed away on Sunday 20 November.
Our thoughts are with Susan and all his family
Obituary from Martin Russell
I regret that Andrew passed away after a long illness during the evening of 20th November. Andrew Hay Begg BSc was born in 1944 of Glaswegian parents in Oban, and lived his early years in Cornwall. His family moved to Southampton when Andy was 9 years old, and he was then educated at Taunton Grammar School. He was a keen footballer playing for Southampton F.C. Youth Teams as a goalkeeper. He remained a keen football supporter all his life.
After leaving school he joined the Ordnance Survey, and while working there he obtained his two degrees. It was at this time that he first met Angela who he subsequently married. They had one son Alistair.
Their interest in Irish Setters started in the 1970’s, and Andrew very shortly became a regular Ring Steward, and at times he gave training classes to other potential Stewards. However, he also showed Irish Setters, and more laterally his most successful was Show Champion and South African Show Champion “Kirkavagh Kandy” and her daughter South African Show Champion “Muharraq Overberg”.
During the 1990’s he became Chairman of The South of England Irish Setter Club and Romsey Canine Society. He gained status as a Championship Show Judge, and awarded tickets on several occasions. He was a member of The Kennel Club.
After Angela’s death in 1998, he met Susan Morriss in the following year. Together they moved to South Africa where they continued showing before they returned to the United Kingdom in 2012 when they married in September 2014. Sadly shortly afterwards Andrew was diagnosed with cancer, and his long struggle began, which has now sadly ended.