OBITUARY: Ronald’s huge passion for model areoplanes began at the age of 15

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Mr Ronald Esme Buck, of Fairview Way, Spalding, died on May 10, in Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

He was born in Spalding and attended Willesby School until the age of 14.

On finishing school Ron briefly worked for a potato merchant and at 15 joined the Post Office as a telegram boy. At 16 he moved to Handsworth, Birmingham, to take part in a motor mechanics course. At 17 he moved on to Stafford for another course specialising in lorry mechanics.

As it was war time, at 18 he joined the Fleet Air Arm as an aero engine mechanic, and did this until he was 21, serving at various naval air stations including HMS Daedelus at Lee on Solent and HMS Anthorn, Carlisle, with the rank of Leading Hand. He had many happy memories of his time in the service and spoke of being allowed on occasion to wave the planes in with his ‘tennis bats’. He was later to name his house in Lowfields Avenue, Anthorn, and never forgot his time there.

On leaving the service Mr Buck worked for various local companies as a tractor fitter, before joining Levertons. He then went on to work at Loughborough Motor Units in Double Street, Spalding, and finally before retirement to Trianon Tools as manager, first at the shop in Westlode Street and then at the unit in Cradge Bank.

Mr Buck’s passion from the age of 15 was model aeroplanes. In his twenties he had an interest in motor cycles and owned among others a Matchless and a Norton. He would travel to Cadwell Park to watch the racing.

His first shed sported a huge aerial and he would spend hours talking to other radio hams.

Mr Buck spent many years building balsa wood models to radio controlled models in fibre glass. He also took part in model flying competitions at home and abroad and was successful on many occasions.

Mr Buck is survived by his second wife Doreen and daughters Suzanne Fretwell, of Spain, Julia Chalkley, of Pinchbeck and Joanne Wakefield, of Surfleet. His first wife Joy died in 1992 shortly after celebrating their ruby wedding anniversary.

A funeral service was held at South Lincs Chapel, followed by interment in Spalding Cemetery.

Family mourners were Doreen Buck (widow), Suzanne and Clifford Fretwell, Julia Chalkley, Joanne and Phillip Wakefield, Eleanor Wakefield, Matthew and Clare Tye, James Chalkley, Geoffrey and Muriel Buck, Maurice Buck, Elizabeth East, Richard Buck, Julie Brennan, Sean Brennan, Paul Brennan, Adam Brennan, Philip Brennan, Stephen and Joy Bezdeck, Ashley Morris, Bridget Coupland, Ray Coupland, Stephen Morris, Marje Morris, Marjory Dingle, Bill Dingle, Derek Taylor, Margaret Taylor, John and Sue Steele, Jo Wheatley, Geoff Wakefield, Mavis Wakefield, Jeanie Bartram, Nick Rawlings, Brenda Gilliatt, Graham Gilliatt.