Former Tattersalls director Deane dies
BRUCE Deane, a former director of Tattersalls and breeder of top juvenile Devon Ditty, passed away on Saturday at the age of 79.
The son of Tattersalls partner Gerald Deane, Deane played an integral role at the auction house for over 50 years, not only through his position of director but also as auctioneer and representative on the council of the TBA.
Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony yesterday paid tribute to Deane. He said: "Bruce made a lifelong commitment to Tattersalls, as had his father before him. He enjoyed every aspect of the bloodstock sales business and managed Park Paddocks for almost 30 years overseeing its expansion to what it is today.
"He was also a very successful breeder in his own right, breeding the outstanding filly Devon Ditty.
"Bruce epitomised the ethos and values of Tattersalls and was unswerving in his loyalty and service to the company. Our thoughts are very much with his family at this sad time."
Deane joined Tattersalls in September 1954 following a spell in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Although well known in a public capacity as auctioneer, Deane was an important member of the Tattersalls inspection team in Europe and America and assumed responsibility for the administration of Park Paddocks.
He retired in 1993and remained as a consultant until 2010.
Deane combined his work at Tattersalls with a highly successful career as a breeder, initially at his Littleton Stud in Hampshire, which he inherited on the death of his father in 1949 and soldto Jeff Smith in 1984.
The stud enjoyed a rise in fortunes in 1955 with the acquisition of King's Stand Stakes winner Vilmorin, who was succeeded at Littleton by his son, the 1957 2,000 Guineas runner-up Quorum, sire of Red Rum.
Another King's Stand Stakes winner who left a lasting impression at Littleton was Song, whose daughter Devon Ditty was named the 1978 champion two-year-old filly after landing four Pattern events including the Cheveley Park Stakes. Deane also bred the 1985 Italian Derby winner Don Orazio.
Following the sale of Littleton, Deane relocated his breeding operation to Bishop's Down near Winchester, where he bred the Lockinge Stakes winner Fly To The Stars.
Deane is survived by wife Virginia, sons Robert and Henry and daughter Fiona.