Jessie Newman 1915 – 2006
By Christine McCutcheon- Clarke
Jessie spent the first twenty years of her life in Winchester, raised by her mother and grandmother after the death of her father during the First World War. She was gifted as a child and won a scholarship to the local High School.
On leaving school she trained as a teacher. She met her husband and she married in 1940, she then had two children Gregory and Adrienne. She had a love of animals including dogs.
She had a black Labrador and then went on to breed Cocker Spaniels. She bought her daughter a puppy when she was seven and this puppy started Jessie’s life’s work Poms and the Pattikin Pom’s became renowned in the dog world.
Jessie was a very enthusiastic member of the South of England Pomeranian Club and acted as Secretary and Treasurer for many years. At a time when orange was the colour to have in poms Jessie started to breed and campaigning black poms.
Along with Dot Hay and John Watkins she played an important part in building up the South of England Pomeranian Club and getting back its champion status. She was the first editor of The Pom and was instrumental in setting it up. In 1992 she was invited to judge at Crufts.
She was an inspiration to me and many others, her enthusiasm and support of others on the committee led to many other things such as the puppy parties. Jessie also helped and supported those who took over from her; she always helped to promote the breed and the club. She was one of that rare breed a true lady. Jessie always gained peoples respect in so many ways as an exhibitor, secretary, judge and most of all as a friend.
I had just come home from hospital having just had major surgery for cancer when I had the sad phone call from Adrienne to say that Jessie had past away.
I remained in contact with Adrienne over the next few months and in August last year I had a phone call from Adrienne asking for my help to suggest a trophy in lasting memorial of her mother that she and her brother Gregory could present to the club in her mothers name possibly in connection with black poms.
The committee and members of the South of England Pomeranian Club would like to express their thanks to Gregory Newman, Adrienne Clarke and her husband Colin Clarke for the beautiful trophy (see below) presented to the club at their recent championship show in November in memory of Jessie Newman.