IN MEMORY OF……..
IN MEMORY OF……..
LLOYD SIMMONS OF LONNKYLE IRISH WOLFHOUNDS AND SCOTTISH DEERHOUNDS
Lloyd Simmons peacefully passed away on January 21, 2023 at the age of 72. Born April 16, 1950, and is survived by his son Dustin Simmons, Dustin’s partner Adrienne Wawrykow, and grandchildren Bowen Lloyd Simmons and Kaia Rae Simmons.
Lloyd was a founding member of the Northstar Irish Wolfhound Club, and very committed to the Club. He always showed up with his beautiful pack of Irish Wolfhounds to compete at the NIWC Specialty and never left empty handed! He was a knowledgeable Irish Wolfhound and Scottish Deerhound breeder since 1984. Lloyd whelped his first litter and produced a puppy that went on to win Best of Opposite at the 1988 IWCA National Specialty. A producer of many champions over the years and a fierce competitor.
Lloyd got his first Irish Wolfhound in 1970 while in college. He loved the breed and the sport of showing dogs! Anyone who knew Lloyd can say he was a true sportsman and gentleman, dressing in tailored suits, and always wore a hat at the specialty shows. As the story goes, he packed a tux for every specialty show he attended, just in case he won. A true friend
indeed, that he was willing to loan his tux out to any friend that needed one…. if they beat him! One year, he did this for his long-time friend of 46 years, Lynn Simon. His friends were important to him and for years Lloyd traveled to shows with Joel Mattson and Lynn Simon. Gretchen Bernardi referred to them as the “Three Amigos!” They remained friends for many years through the good and the bad times. Fortunately, they were all together one last time before Lloyd's passing for a final farewell.
Lloyd was always willing to help others interested in the breed with the years of knowledge he had acquired. As a long time, ambassador for the breed, he was adamant for upholding the true breed standard of the Irish Wolfhound and the Scottish Deerhound. Lloyd was known worldwide for his outstanding breeding program. He was presented the Breeder of
Record Award for his exceptional contribution to the purebred dog fancy in Canada. He was awarded the distinguished Sportsman of the Year for the IWCA recently. His exemplary breeding program produced Irish Wolfhounds and Scottish Deerhounds that embodied breed type, sound temperament, and outstanding health. Both of his breeds competed in specialty shows in the United States as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. In 2019 Lloyd was awarded the coveted Best of Breed title at the IWCA National Specialty.
We at the Northstar Irish Wolfhound Club will miss Lloyd’s friendship, sportsmanship, and passions for the Irish Wolfhound. His advice, knowledge, and encouragement will remain with all breeders of the sport for years to come.......
That will always remain the legacy of our friend, Lloyd Simmons.