Tributes paid to ‘incredible’ dog trainer who lost his life in Carryduff house fire

The fire broke out at the Manse Road property on Tuesday morning, with four fire apparatus at the scene.

Mr Marshall was later confirmed to have died and it is believed that a pet dog belonging to him also perished.

He was a longtime member of the Glandore Dog Training Club of Ulster, who in a Facebook post told members it was “with heavy hearts” as they reflected on his tragic death.

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David Marshall

A social media post from Glandore Dog Training Club of Ulster paid tribute to his incredible gift with dogs.

“It is with a heavy heart that I look back on the tragic death of David Marshall.

“David was one of the oldest members of the Glandore Dog Training Club of Ulster.

“First became a member in the 1970s.

Fire that claimed the life of David Marshall

“His first dogs were German Shepherds that he trained in obedience.

“However, his main love and most remembered dogs were black poodles (they had to be black, it was the only color for a poodle, to quote David).”

The post adds that David “had a unique relationship with his dogs” and he added that “love is definitely not too strong a word for how he felt about them.”

“They were his constant companions and went everywhere with him,” the post adds.

Fire that claimed the life of David Marshall

“David and his dogs were known to everyone in the NI canine world for the many years he was involved.”

The post adds that David had competed ‘level C obedience, high level agility’ and ‘he has trained in flyball and even made some forays into the world of rallying’.

“He was a senior trainer at Glandore for many years, training good citizens, competition obedience and agility,” the post adds.

“It’s hard to say which he enjoyed the most, because whenever he was able to spend time concentrating on his beloved poodles, his joy was evident.

“He was president of Glandore for years and for a long time he was an instructor or in a class at Glandore two and often three times a week.

“His character and attitude towards dogs, his own and others, affected all who met him.

“If a human crosses the Rainbow Bridge, David will be there.”

Other tributes to David on social media included: “Such sadly shocking news in Carryduff. My thoughts and condolences go out to the family, friends and neighbors of David Marshall. May he rest in peace.”

Another tribute said David was ‘a wonderful man who adored his dogs and was indeed always willing to lend a helping hand’.

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