It is with great sorrow that we write to inform you that our dear friend, mentor and WAHO President Emeritus, Jay Stream, passed away after a short illness on Sunday 22nd January, 2006, at the age of 85.
Without Jay Stream, there would be no WAHO as we know it today. Everything we are, everything we do, we owe to this extraordinary man of vision. Nearly four decades ago, when he was first invited by Ian Hedley, Klaus Lewenhaupt and Ronald Kydd to work with the Steering Committee of the fledgling WAHO, Jay foresaw a future where the international world of the Arabian horse would work together as one community. WAHO’s President from 1972 to 2003, working with the many Executive Committee Members who became his closest friends over the following years, he created this special community through his hard work, commitment, determination, dedication, wisdom and courage, and in so doing he held us all together in his own inimitable way. Jay called it the WAHO ‘family’ and he was so right. To this ‘family’, he was our ‘founding father’, and his passing is a great loss to us all.
A more detailed obituary will be published here on the WAHO website in due course. We would also very much like to hear from WAHO Members with your memories and thoughts of Jay, so we can also publish these here on our website, and maybe in a special ‘Memorial Book’. Some of you will remember the earliest days of WAHO, others perhaps have more recent memories. We welcome your contributions. Please send them to the WAHO Office. Photographs are also welcome.
There are so many words one can use to describe Jay. He was truly a man of stature, successful at everything he set his mind to. Clever, charismatic, kind, funny, fair-minded, strong-willed, steadfast and courageous, he treated everyone he met as an equal, regardless of title or background. Outspoken and forthright, he was never afraid to say what he felt needed to be said. People like Jay are rare indeed, we were privileged to know him. He was, quite simply, unique.
Jay's memorial service will be held on the afternoon of 19th May at the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, California. If you wish to attend and for more information, please contact the WAHO Office and we will put you in touch with Mrs. Dorothy Stream.
We will miss you, Jay. You were truly one-of-a-kind. We are eternally thankful for your years of dedicated, unwavering service to our Organization, to our Community and to the Arabian Horse.