A tribute to David Hirst








We were deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of our muchloved President, David Hirst, on 1st February 2022.

David was a member of the Huddersfield Branch of The British        Association for German Shepherd Dogs for well over 50 years. Over the    years he has held many roles including a senior Instructor, committee member, Chairperson, Chief show steward and culminating in him being elected our President in 2017.

David was a loyal and trusted member of the branch. His contribution to the club over the years was immense. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for his beloved club. His knowledge of the German Shepherd Dog was huge and he was always happy to assist any member struggling with a wayward pup.

His tales of his adventures with his own and the club dogs were legendary. We never tired of listening to him and learning from him. His commitment to the club was purely for the love of the breed and all that BAGSD stands for. Whatever you wanted to know about GSDs David would know the answer.


David was a proud and dignified man. A true gentleman and a friend to us all. The time he spent at the club when he was meant to be retired was much appreciated. He was often found cutting the grass in the puppy pen, weeding or tidying the agility equipment all ready for us on a Sunday. Even when he was unwell he would still insist on attending to his ‘duties’.


We all loved it when David came in to the club after a morning at his allotment. He would bring out bags of the most wonderful fruit and vegetables and we would go home and enjoy them, He was a fantastic gardener and generous to a tee. He’d always bring some specially selected beans for my hamsters!


At our annual obedience show David would be down the day before with his spray can marking out the rings. Long before sunrise on show day he’d be on the field with his torch putting up the ropes. We always had to tie him down though at the end as he wanted to take them down as soon as the class ended. He was fair and dealt with any matters promptly and always dependable.


He had a wicked sense of humour, great empathy with all, an answer for everything and above all he was a true friend who will be so very much missed by us all.


We will honour his memory and take forward his teaching in the years to come. In the words a new member ‘ He was an inspiring example to us all ’ The day before he died David was presented with The Club Person of the Year award for 2021 at our AGM. It was never more aptly awarded.

Rest in peace David. They say all dogs go to heaven well so do all dog trainers so you better watch out as our David is coming to sort you out!


Lynne Blair, Chairperson.