Tinca had a great debut on her first shoot with John. Working very well pointing birds. Steady to shot and flush. Retrieved birds on all the drives. We are very proud of her.



Uma celebrated her 13th Birthday on 10th October,


My Mum passed away 14th September 2017. The dogs and I miss her terribly. She was just always there for us and such a huge part of Montecani success. Many nights we sat up whelping bitches together, welcolming new pups into the world, watching them grow and then sharing the sorrows as our dogs got older and passed away of old age.. She was my companion at the shows, her job was making sure we had a pack lunch and grooming the dogs! Miss you so much Mum. I never thought there would be a day when I would face life without you...


Celebrating the Life of
Jacqueline Davies

13th February 1947 – 14th September 2017

Harwood Park Crematorium
Tuesday, 3rd October at 12.30 pm

Conducted by
Steve Stacey - Civil Celebrant


Entrance Music
Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Welcome & Introduction
Welcome here today as we meet to celebrate the life of Jay, to pay our respects to her and to support each other in our loss.

We meet to share our love for her, our stories about her, to share our memories of her and to share our grief at losing her.

Jay had some lovely qualities. She was unique, there's never been anyone like her before. If you look through the whole world you'll not find anyone like her again.

She was a kind, caring and loving woman. She was very loyal. She was selfless and generous and would put others interests and needs before her own.

Jay had a warm-hearted and smiley nature. She had a good sense of humour and always saw the funny side of things.

There were times when she could be feisty and strong-willed – once she’d made up her mind she wouldn’t change it! She liked to be in charge and as Rod says, could be ‘bossy’ at times. They didn’t always see eye to eye, but never fell out. He got quite used to having his ears chewed!

She was a worrier – for example, she never liked flying – Pat took her to Spain once - she needed 4 Valium just to board. She passed her driving test, then didn’t drive for years. When she did, she knew the route to Woolmer Green – that’s as far as she would go!

She was an organised lady. She chose the music and the readings for today.

Her family were so important to her.

Our hearts and prayers go out to her daughter, Tracy, her partner, Rod and her sister, Pat and her family.

Each one of you is here today because you knew her and you’ve lost an important person in your life.

Our service for her has been created to celebrate everything she was and everything that she leaves behind rather than simply focusing on our own loss. It is an opportunity to reflect on Jay’s life and character and to say thank you for the precious time that you had with her. It is a time to honour her place in your life.

I hope that you feel that the service for her today reflects, respects and honours the Jay that you knew and loved and that it gives you the opportunity to pay your respects in the way you would wish.

We want the people that we love to be with us always, happy and healthy. Jay’s passing is a reminder to us that we are all living things and only here for a brief moment. However long that moment is, it will never be long enough for those that we love.

Our first hymn is one that Jay would have known all of her life. She would have sung it at school and at some of the happiest times in her life as well as some of the saddest. It is a reminder of her love of animals in general and dogs in particular. She went to Crufts every year. Rod recalls “We met through dogs and our lives revolved around dogs. A bone of contention was the training. I told her that her dogs had not been trained. She said mine were over trained!”

More about the dogs, later.

Animals played a big part in her childhood and over the years had chickens, rabbits, pigeons, budgies and generally other small furry animals – she hated cruelty to animals.

Hymn - All Things Bright & Beautiful


We’re going to spend a few minutes sharing some of the love and esteem people have for her.

Her good friend Anne writes “I first met Jay when our daughters made friends at school. We lived in the same road and remained friends for 45 years. She always gave advice on how to look after your dog. I will miss her. She will now have to take care of all the dogs that are in heaven and make sure they are walked!!!
God Bless. Anne.”

She met Jean when she was working. She writes “We never had a cross word in all the years we have known one another, and am so grateful we met at the Frythe and consider an honour to have had Jackie in my life. Her passing has left a great void and still cannot believe she is no longer with us. A true and loyal friend. We were always there for one another in good times and the not so good.”

Kitty and her daughter Heidi, remember “Jay and mum’s younger sister Karen, about eleven yrs old, deciding they wanted to camp. My mum put the tent up in her garden (in Welwyn Garden where she lives now) and they had to stay out overnight and only could only come in to use the loo.

So they chose food etc and were to stay out overnight and have their own breakfast. Around seven thirty the next morning, they arrived upstairs with cups of tea for my mum and dad and said they’d been up ages, and eaten all their food... except for the Arctic roll as it was still frozen, so they had tried to defrost it but somehow Jay had dropped it into a bucket of water!”

Jay was someone who told it as it was. We’re going to share some words that reflect that and that she was matter of fact.

Death Is Nothing At All
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, and think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.

Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you. For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.
All is well.

Jay’s second hymn choice is the Lord of the Dance.

Lord of the Dance

Jay's Story
We’re going to share some of Jay’s story.

Pat has written the first part.

Jacqueline Davies was born in the front bedroom of 144 Crawford Road, Hatfield to Dorothea and Basil William Davies on 13th January 1947 in the middle of the worst winter.

She was the youngest of two girls joining her sister, Patricia.

Dr Jameson asked Pat “who do you think is crying in the front bedroom?” He invited her into the room and Pat’s first vision of Jay was the doctor holding her upside down by her legs!

The Doctor said “if you’re going to call her Jaqueline, you don’t need to saddle her with a middle name!”

Jay had bad asthma as a child, and she and Pat spent the winter nights with a full kettle of Fry’s Balsam in the bedroom.

Her nickname was Jack Sprat as she was such a small and skinny child.

Jay and Pat had an idyllic childhood playing in the corn fields and woods catching slow worms on the railway banks and in Mardley Hill Woods.

Jay attended Knebworth Junior School and Welwyn Secondary Modern. When she left school, she worked in a bank in London.

In her teenage years Jay and her friend Zosha, regularly went to London to stand outside the Rolling Stones flat waiting for a chance to see them and she eventually got their autographs.

On January 29thm 1969, Jay gave birth to her daughter Tracy and gave up work to be a full time mum.

Jay was very organised and always remembered her families birthdays. Her great nieces and nephew loved receiving a Terry’s chocolate orange each every Xmas with some money to spend tucked in the back.

If there is an after-life Jay will be met by her mum and dad and a pack of dogs.

Tracy was such an important part of Jay’s life and Tracy has written this for her.

In my mind my Mum will stay forever young. She wasn’t an old 70. Her hair was still brown. She was fit and active. Her brown eyes, still bright and beautiful.

We still had so much to do together, so many more animals to share...

Mum was a friendly, thoughtful person...

A lovely lady, always smiling, was how my friends described her.

She lived for her dogs, walking all weathers, twice a day without fail. There were always dogs in Mum’s life, from Spaniels and the Poodles of the 60s...

Mum bred the first Cockerpoos don’t you know!!

Zoe and Lucy, the Spaniels of the 70s and their puppies and then came Abbie, Duke the Weimarane,r and her greatest loves, Rosco and Roma the Spinoni!
She was my kennel help at dog shows, my chief groomer, although she would often wander off with Pat to go shopping instead of helping!!

Mum loved music, from folk to rock and everything in between!

My childhood was filled with Mum’s music, she even ironed to music and then there was her slightly less than tuneful singing.

The last gig she went to was a Pink Floyd tribute. She texted me all excited. “It was Fantastic” she said.

Her life was filled with animals, except earth worms. She hated them! She took a while to love my pet rats, turfing my secret pet rat outside with the words “get rid of it” ringing in my ears.

But she softened and ‘Kurt’ stayed…

Mum knew how to look after animals to a very high standard and she made sure everyone else did too!

She could be formidable too, especially to some of my teenage boyfriends “Isn’t it time you went home?” soon got rid of the ones she didn’t like!

For me, it is very hard to bear that she won't ever roll up at my house again on a Wednesday morning in her little blue car with two sachets of cappuccino, a bag full of useful items and a dog magazine.

My last happy memories of Mum were Christmas 2016 with John and I here in Somerset and her surprise 70th Birthday Meal January 2017 at The White Horse in Welwyn.

All her friends and family were there and it was the happiest I had seen Mum for a while.

Friend to so many, but most of all, she was just My Mum and I will miss her so very much.

All that’s left now is the memories…

The last two years became difficult for her and for those who loved her and she became unable to do so many of the things that she loved doing.

Jay passed away on the 14th September. She will be sadly missed, but always very fondly remembered.

I hope that you can take comfort in the fact that she did have a good life that she was able to spend with the man that she loved and leaves behind that wonderful legacy of family and friends and beautiful memories that will live on.

During the next few moments, think about the things that you’ve heard today.
Think about your own memories of her - they will be every bit as special and unique as she was. They will be special, unique to you and her and no two of you will have exactly the same ones. Think about why it was good to have had Jay as part of your life - the impact that she had on you. Remember that she was very proud to have had each of you in her life too.

While you do that, we’re going to listen to a song from Fleetwood Mac. It came out in November 1968, a time when she had so many wonderful things to look forward to in life.

Music for Reflection
Albatross – Fleetwood Mac

Quiet Reflection
We’re going to spend a few moments in silence - a chance to focus on a single memory of her, one that will make you smile. There are so many to choose from. Think of something you can share when you get together afterward.

If you have faith you could use the time to say your own private prayer for her.

The Committal
Sadly, Jay has reached the end of her journey here with us.

She has left behind all of the cares of the world. She is now free of all the troubles of the world - she is free of illness and of pain. She is at total peace.

To everything, there is a season
A time to be born and a time to die.
We are glad that we shared our lives with you.
We will cherish all of the good things that you brought into our lives.
We will remember your character and your personality,
We will recall the things that you did with us
And the happy times we shared together.
We commit the memory of you
To our hearts and minds.
With love and tenderness, we leave you in peace

Closing Words
It has been said that a person is not dead while their name is still being spoken. That we are only truly gone when we disappear from the memories of those who loved us.

While you remember Jay, she will live on.

We never lose the people we love. Be thankful that Jay was and still is a part of your life. For her family, she is part of them.

Your lives have been made all the better by knowing Jay and having walked part of your life’s journey beside her.

After the service, you’re all invited to the North Star. When you get there, enjoy talking about your memories and sharing tales of things she did, words that she said. I’m sure that there will be more laughter than tears.

She chose our final reading.

Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun is set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul like me?
Miss me a little, but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared.
Miss me - but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone,
For it is part of the master’s plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me - but let me go.

Thank you for taking the time to be here for Jay and for each other today.

Thank you most of all to Jay for sharing her life with us.

Exit Music
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac

2 days before Mum's funeral, Babio became ill and went to join her. I guess she needed her boy back to take for all those wonderful walks they used to do together..
Babio was the sweetest boy you could ever know and my most successful import gaining his Championship title. He sired some beautiful pups too. We were lucky to have him for over 12 years, but like all the beautiful old dogs we have lost over the years, he is so very missed.



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