Sheldon passed away at last night after a battle with, to use his Facebook term, the big C. The whole Durban aero modelling community sends its condolences to Pam and the boys.
I first came in contact with Shel at DMAC in the '70's and then, apart from a brief visit from Shel and his Pivierre thermal glider, met up with him from time to time at the various hobby exhibitions where the modular model trains mob also displayed. Sheldon got really big in to small model trains and RC racing yachts!
Russ and Sheldon became an item at the various DMAC thermal soaring competitions in recent years, where he started with a two metre glider and progressed to a couple of electric thermal gliders and then a more serious "Shadow" competition RC soaring glider, where he enjoyed much success. Russ also got Sheldon involved in the evening foamy flying at Kings Park and Sheldon certainly had maximum value out of that little plane.
Good buddies are as important as family and Russ saw this last journey of Shel's through, with Pam and family. Russ even coaxed Sheldon out of his sick bed to go hobby shopping a few short weeks ago and Sheldon reciprocated by coaxing Russ in to the new no go (for Russ ;-) hobby emporium in Westville!
|An early mention of the Mcglones at DMAC in 1974|
|The team orange Witblitz racing team of Dave, Adrian and buddies Russ and Sheldon.|
|The man himself relaxing at Summerveld.|
|Sheldon with his foamy park flier - probably the best aero modelling value ever!|
|Sheldon with the Shadow competition glider at Karkloof Country Club.|