In Memoriam; Justin Llewelyn, 1952-2012
It is with huge sadness and shock that we have learned of the sudden death of Justin Llewelyn on the evening of Saturday 8th December 2012.
Justin was taken ill very suddenly and died shortly after. A funeral for friends and family will be held before Christmas and a memorial service is planned for early 2013. He leaves his wife Claire, and daughters Charlotte and Rosamund.
Justin's day job was as roving ambassador at Taittinger, but he was well known as a calm, knowledgeable and authoratitive commentator at all the major horse trials, including Badminton, Burghley, Bramham, Blenheim, Gatcombe and Chatsworth. He also regularly acted as FEI steward and officiated as a steward in the mixed zone at the Olympics in 2004, 2008 and, despite being seriously ill, 2012. Despite ill health, he performed his usual stint at Burghley in September.
BE Board Director Giles Rowsell commentated alongside Justin for many years: “You always knew if you had Justin on your commentating team, you were in very good hands. He was a larger than life character and as you can imagine there was always a lot of leg pulling going on behind the scenes.
“Justin was extremely courageous throughout this season when he was not feeling at all well - we had to prize him out of the commentators box at Bramham and he was equally enthusiastic in the ‘kiss and cry’ area at the Olympics and Paralympics in London in the summer.”
Justin's father was the actor, Desmond Llewelyn, who played Q in the James Bond films, and Justin often joked that commentating was the nearest he got to his 'sublimated theatrical career'.
He leaves a wife, Claire, and two daughters Charlotte and Rosamund. A family funeral will be held this week followed by a memorial service in early 2013.