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I'm truly sorry to inform you of the passing of Mr. John Balme, a remarkable individual who made invaluable contributions to the world of Border Canaries and the Doncaster Border Fancy Canary Club. His dedication and commitment to the club are truly commendable, and he leaves behind a legacy that will be cherished for years to come.

John Balme's significant involvement as a founder member of the Doncaster Border Fancy Canary Club and his numerous roles within the committee exemplify his passion for the breed. His selfless dedication, where he generously devoted countless hours of his own time, played a pivotal role in the club's development. His efforts were not only recognised locally but resonated across the world of Border Canaries, making him a respected and recognised figure on the Border stage.

John's reputation as a true gentleman is a testament to his character. He was not only a stalwart member but also a role model, earning the admiration and respect of all who had the privilege of knowing him. His kindness and generosity have left an indelible mark on the hearts of those in the Border Fancy community.

In this difficult time, our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to his beloved wife Hilda and his family. John's passing is a loss not only to his family but to the entire Border Fancy community. His memory will live on in the countless lives he touched and the passion he ignited in others.

Rest in peace, John. You will be deeply missed, but your legacy will continue to inspire generations of Border Canary enthusiasts to come.

Stuart Mason
Secretary DBFCC


Very sad news ,I've known John and Hilda for many years and always had a warm welcome from them both at Doncaster Border FCC , members like John are few and far between always dedicated to the club and to his family . He will be sadly missed by all.

Condolences from all at Cleveland Border and Fife Fancy Canary Club.

Ronnie Sillitoe



Sincerest Condolences to all his family & members of Doncaster Border F C C. from all at Merseyside Border & Fife F C C.

Rest In Peace John

Al Brown


British Border

So sorry to hear our condolences to the family for their loss


RIP John from the border fancy

Tim Ward


Southern B.F.C.C.

Really sad news to hear this.

A lovely man to talk with. Our condolences to Hilda and the family from Southern BFCC.


Rest In Peace John.

Bob Hodges



At this sad time we send our sincere condolences to his wife and family also Doncaster B.F.C.C. from members and friends of the

Nottinghamshire Border F.C.C.


Rest in Peace John.

Albert Holmes

Show Secretary

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