Jean Bryar Obituary
March 11, 1925 - May 31, 2012
On behalf of the Bryar family, and at the
request of Danae Bryar, it is with great sadness that I report the passing
of Keith's mother Jean. She passed on Thursday, 5/31 in Florida where she
has long resided.
Pompano Beach, Florida---Jean Bryar, 87, of Pompano Beach, Florida, died
on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
In the 1960s and 70s, the Bryar name was a familiar and respected one in the sled dog world spanning across the North American continent. This came about as the result of Jean’s contribution to the great success of the Bryar racing teams, housed at Norvik Kennels in Center Harbor, N.H., which dominated some of the toughest competitions in North America. Her attention to detail and talent of selecting which dogs would be hitched to the sled contributed to the top finishes in major regional and national events, including Laconia’s World Championship Derby. In 1962 Jean was the first woman from outside Alaska to win the Women’s North American Championship in Fairbanks, which she did six more times in her career. The Bryar lead dogs are famous in the history of the sport, including Kimmie, a border collie who was originally employed as a herding cow dog and Brandy, an Alaskan husky brought home following their runs on the Alaska racing trails.
Jean was a member of the New England Sled Dog Club and the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club, which promoted the World Championship Derby. She was also a founder of the International Sled Dog Racing Association, created in 1966 to encourage uniform race rules and procedures throughout the world. She was an enthusiastic promoter of sled dogs and made an appearance with one of her dogs on the late Johnny Carson’ s “Tonight” television show.
Harness horse racing was another special passion in Jean’s life. While living in New Hampshire, she maintained horses at Laconia’s Bolduc Park and ran them successfully in harness races at the Salem, New Hampshire track. In Florida she stayed deeply involved with harness racing, owning several horses, holding official titles, and being an advocate for both horses and those who take care of them. Her dedication to the sport was recognized earlier this year with a lifetime achievement award from the United States Harness Writers Association.
Survivors include a son, Keith Bryar II; three grandchildren, Julie Bryar Porter and her husband, Dave, Lindsay Bliznik and her husband, Steve, and Andrew K. Bryar; one great grandchild, Cooper E. Bliznik; her twin sister, Constance Barton, a brother, David F. McFarlane; one nephew and two nieces. Mrs. Bryar was predeceased by her parents and by a brother, Larry McFarlane. Jean will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by all.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 5:00-8:00PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11:00AM also at the Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center, N.H. A reception to honor Jean will be held after the burial at the Bryar residence, 11 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough, N.H. All are welcomed at attend.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club, PO Box 341, Laconia, NH 03247.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to http://www.currentobituary.com/ShowObit.aspx?id=110837&member_id=14
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