Former trots President passes away

06:38 AM 20 May 2014 NZST
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Warragul Harness Racing Club Inc.
A lengthy link to harness racing at Warragul ended with the death of Albert Tatterson, a past President of the Warragul Harness Racing Club, last week at age 95.
 
The Tatterson family had a long and varied association with the trots at Warragul, going back to Albert's father Ted, who, like his son, also served a stint as club President.
Ted Tatterson became the club's second President in 1941, shortly before the club folded owing to World War II.
 
One of 16 children, Ted Tatterson was starter at Warragul's trots meetings for many years, and after again becoming a committeeman when the club reformed in 1946, he was awarded with Life Membership in 1957.
 
Albert Tatterson inherited his father's enthusiasm for trotting, joining the Warragul committee in 1960, and served until 1982, at which time he was awarded Life Membership of the club.
Having served two seasons as Vice-President, Albert became President of the Warragul and District Trotting Club in February 1980, when Bob McLennan passed away suddenly, and filled the role until the end of that season.
 
Albert and his wife Nancy were married for 65 years and operated a dry cleaning business in Warragul for many years.
Their late son Ian served several years as CEO of the Springvale City Council, and his local government knowledge was critical to the Warragul club in the 1980's when they were negotiating an extension of their racing circuit at the Logan Park complex.
 
Ian also enjoyed the sport, and his friends and family raced the good horse Reformist, trained by Ross Conway, in the early 1990's.
 
By Kylie Galley
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