Robert Lawrence Meager, known to friends and family as Bob,
was born on July 16, 1935 and lived in Sheffield
all his life. He first saw control line
aircraft being flown in the park as a teenager and was so spellbound by it that
he ran home and dragged his father to come and see. This was the start of a
lifetime’s love of aircraft
His interest in model flying continued throughout his married life and , Bob never
missed the Nationals and attending every one from the 1960s right up to last
year; he had even got the hotel booked already for this year’s event with his
friend Brian Temporal. The Hallam Models
stall there, and also at the Barton Bash became a traditional part of the event
Hallam Models began around 1975 when a friend encouraged Bob
to make some of his aircraft models into kits to sell to the local model shop. This attracted a lot of media cover for an up
and coming business at the time when most of Sheffield’s
steel and engineering firms were closing down. Bob and Nick thought that in a
year’s time they would be millionaires. Sadly, this wasn’t the case but they
carried on just for the enjoyment.
At this time Bob and Nick had also become respected as speed
fliers, winning several events in the .049 and .09 classes with Nick piloting
and Bob as the ‘needle man’. They made many friendships in the speed fraternity
which lasted all his life
In 1982 Bob had a
stroke which paralysed him down his right-hand side, but merely made him more
determined to carry on with Hallam Models. With the help of his son, the business
carried on for nearly 40 years. He never gave up after his stroke and in some ways,
the business gave him a purpose in life.
It also gave him a channel to help in encouraging youngsters and
beginners into aeromodelling by producing beginner’s kits for the ‘Nipper’ and
‘Titan’ chuck gliders for individuals, schools and the BMFA,. This continued right up to the end of his
In September 2013, Bob moved in to the Cock Inn at
Oughtibridge (“a small hamlet on the outskirts of Sheffield”,
as he called it), where Claire his daughter was the licensee. There he enjoyed beer on tap and in-house
cooking made by his granddaughter Charlotte!. Sadly, Bob’s time with his family
at the pub was short but he described every moment of it as “being in
In early May Bob was admitted to
the Northern General Hospital,
where he passed away early on Saturday May 3rd.
Bob leaves a son Nick, two
daughters Claire and Joanne, grandchildren Alexander, Charlotte, Lucy, Rebecca
and Tom, together with a hole in many people’s lives. He will be sadly missed.
Bob (seated) with son Nick.