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Tributes are paid to Jack Hollows, who has died aged 80
TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known farmer, sheepdog trialist and bantam and ferret breeder from Ryedale, who died last week.
Jack Hollows died at his home in Wilton on July 29, aged 80. He was a familiar face throughout the district because of his involvement with many agricultural shows and will be sorely missed at many of them, said his daughter, Gena Douglas.
Born in Todmorden in the West Riding in 1932, he was the youngest of six children. With his wife,Sadie, who he married on New Year’s Day 1959 – the only day they had off from milk deliveries – Jack moved to Ryedale in 1960.
He farmed all his life, working with his brother, Vincent, at Riseborough, and later as herdsman for Ray Coverdale in Wilton, for Wilf Dunning at Willow Farm and for John Dunning until he took on his own smallholding of sheep, bantums, sheep dogs and ferrets.
Farming continued right through his life, and his last trip to Malton market came just two days before he died. As well as farming, he was a renowned sheepdog trialist, travelling all over the country to visit regional, national and international trials.
He was a member of Ryedale Sheepdog Society, and sheepdog secretary for Thornton-le-Dale, Ryedale and Malton shows. He was due to run the trials at Ryedale Show, the day after he died. His involvement in shows extended to his love of ferrets, and Jack visited local events to run “ferret roulette”.
Jack leaves behind his wife, Sadie, with whom he celebrated his golden wedding in 2009, two daughters, Gena and Linda, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and 32 nieces and nephews.
Gena said her father would be remembered for his immaculate dress and positive outlook.
“My dad had a lovely smile as well, and that carries on through the whole family,” she said.
Thornton-le-Dale Show will go-ahead today (Wednesday) with the sheepdog trials of which Jack was secretary of.
Show chairman Martin Blythe said: “Jack was Mr Sheepdog Trials really. The show will carry on because that is what Jack would have wanted.”
Jack’s funeral will be held at St George’s Church, Wilton, on Saturday at 2pm. Family flowers only.
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