M*CH*MORE One Name Study
In Memoriam Bob Muchamore
Bob Muchamore, the founder of this web site, passed away suddenly at his home in South Australia on 5 Sep 2004, leaving a wife, six children and twelve grandchildren.
Bob did not take up genealogy until about 1990. He had previously thought that there were but two surviving cousins of his generation—what a shock it must have been to rediscover his extended family. He estimated that there were (world-wide) only about 50 living persons born to the Muchamore name, with perhaps another 20 who had taken the name in marriage.
No-one had been able to find any links to "Muchamore" before about 1840, so Bob initially collected as much data on "Michelmore" and similar names as he could get his hands on. It quite soon became a fascination for him to establish a One Name Study for M*CH*MORE and then, in 1992, this web site. Bob always found it a pleasure to meet (by snail-mail and email) people from all over the world, many of whom became good friends quite apart from their common interest in genealogy. He believed in sharing rather than selling information, ensuring that it remains a very fascinating and enjoyable hobby rather than a profit-driven obligation.
Not content with starting the M*CH*MORE One Name Study, Bob became involved in the FreeCEN project. As stated on their web site, "Bob was one of the pioneers of the FreeCEN project, from the very earliest days, both as a stalwart of the Devon Project and as king-pin of the overall project management. Bob served on the FreeCEN Exec through some of its most difficult times, only stepping down a mere 5 months before he died. Throughout his time with the project, even after his 'retirement', Bob was utterly tireless in offering freely of his encyclopaedic knowledge of all things FreeCEN to those in need of help. His contribution to the project cannot be overstated".
This is what he wrote about himself for this web site:
My mother used to say that I made a right April fool of her when I arrived into this world at 9.20 on Easter morning in 1934, but that her compensation was the Salvation Army band playing "Glory ..." hymns on the street corner outside the house!
I was born on 1 April 1934, a home birth (as was the custom in those days) in my parents' rented accommodation in Taunton, Somerset. Within the year the family had moved into a new housing development in Downend, some five miles from the centre of Bristol and, in those days, right on the outskirts of the city. The neighbours were primarily similar young parents so us kids had plenty of playmates and we all attended the local Primary School from which I was fortunate enough to gain a full-fees scholarship.
My secondary education (until the age of 19) was therefore provided at Rendcomb College, a private school near Cirencester in Gloucestershire and, along with the education, I developed a love of the Cotswold Country. Meanwhile my father's work moved the family home to Perry Barr, in Birmingham, in 1946 and to Crewe about 1950.
Leaving Rendcomb in 1953 I went straight into REME for the compulsary two-year National Service and spent most of that time at Arborfield near Reading as a technical equipment instructor. During this period the family again moved, this time to Slough in Buckinghamshire where I returned after service discharge and started my working life at the age of 21.
In 1954, while re-establishing contact with a school friend in Hove, a "blind date" was arranged for me. Suffice to say that I married the young girl and we started out life together in Maidenhead, later buying a house in Slough (very convenient because of the Industrial Estate, even if not the most beautiful of countryside!). We had four sons and two daughters quite quickly and life was, really, progressing quite nicely when we decided to emigrate to Australia in 1969 (Mum had died in 1967).
We came to South Australia and soon moved into a "temporary" house ("until we got ourselves properly settled...")—and we are still in the same home today. The children all grew up and married and have their own homes and have given us eleven surviving grand-children so the house is much quieter than the days when there were three generations (including my father who spent many years with us) living here.
My employment has been varied: chemical research, industrial electrical research, air-conditioning controls, publicity writing and layout, sales of switch-gear and and later a different range of industrial control equipment, and finally office computer manager. I am now retired, but that does not mean that there is nothing to do all day! There is always scope for volunteer work which can use my varied experiences.
Bob certainly gave freely from his knowledge and experience, and not only in the area of genealogy. He will be sorely missed by all those that knew him.
The following eulogies were spoken by members of his family at his funeral.