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ON May 12, 2015, Anthony Mayo Blyth, MRCVS, of Braintree, Essex. Mr Blyth qualified from London in 1952.

Mike Almond writes: Tony Blyth passed away peacefully at Grove Court Nursing Home in Woodbridge, Suffolk, aged 89.

He qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1952, having followed his father, Douglas Blyth, into the profession.

Tony and his wife, Elizabeth, who qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1951, had their own practice in what is now Blyth's Meadow in Braintree, Essex, before he retired early, at the age of 50. Feeling too young to stop work completely, he took a job working for the British Horse Society as an inspector of riding schools.

He then went on to work for his cousin who owned a building and joinery business. This was the beginning of a deep interest in working with wood, particularly turning and carving, as Tony went on to make rocking horses for a retailer in London, and helped design and make a sign for his home village, as well as eight other village signs around Essex.

He caught the travel bug while in his late 50s and, over the next 20 years or so, frequently visited his children, who were living abroad, including in Dubai, Gibraltar, Belgium and Germany.

Tony leaves Elizabeth, his children, Sarah, Penny and Simon, their partners Michael, Richard and Sandra, his grandchildren, Emma and Clare, and his great-grandchildren, Poppy and Theo.

He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by all who knew him.

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