Bob Memery 1929-2014

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Bob Memery 1929-2014

Post by Handson » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:55 am

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A search of the Forum does not throw up any mention of this great Scouse lifter.

I first met him at the Houldsworth Hall around 1963 when he was exhibiting his squatting power with about 600lb at 13 stones bodyweight in his mid 30s -he was 10 years older than me I recall.
I was inspired by him as he shared my interest in cycling. A no nonsense lovely guy.

One of his pals gave an accolade to him on his passing which I reproduce here as it sums Bob up to a 'T'.

"I first met Bob at Vic's Gym, Anfield Road in 1966. My most abiding memory of Bob was at Vic's Gym in 1970 when he broke the British squat record on his 40th birthday. His first attempt failed and was told by one of the judges, Mr Savage, that he did not go low enough. Bob got his breath back and on his second attempt, with over 600lb on his back went down, paused and said to the judges " is this low enough?" before coming up and breaking the record. When my business was based on Priory Road Anfield Bob would often call in when passing on his bike for a cup of tea and a chat, he was always cheerful. It is my contention that had Powerlifting been an Olympic sport in the sixties Bob and his training partner Bert Owens and fellow British record holder would have been household names. Bob's sportsmanship was exemplary, he was truly a gentleman who always gave great encouragement to everyone including fellow competitors. It has been my privilege to have known Bob as a friend for all those years. Bill Jenkins"

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Re: Bob Memery 1929-2014

Post by peter yates » Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:31 am

Hi Handson,
nice to hear from you again and hope all is well with you. Thanks for this, i was not familiar with the name but was amazed at what he was squatting at the time at such a B/W. Thing is no super suits or other aids in those days, the true meaning of raw, often just a singlet and pair of trunks.Do you have any more information on this gentleman?
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Re: Bob Memery 1929-2014

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Hi Peter

I’m well thanks if I discount getting over a heavy cold.

Like many of the attendees at shows like those at the Houldsworth Hall, myself included, Bob Memery was more taken by the strength feats side of things than the posing.

That probably accounts for being less known than some of the bodybuilding types.

You can infer that point from the results of an IPLF competition in 1973 where 44 year old Bob churns out his 600lb squat in the 82.5kg category but fellow Brit John Peglar of bodybuilding fame fails to total in his first lift.

Note too that another Brit Peter Fiori fares O.K. but totals some 90kg or so less than Bob.

Sadly, Peter Fiori died in 2014 the same year as Bob Memery.

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Re: Bob Memery 1929-2014

Post by peter yates » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:05 am

Thanks Handson,
that was some line up with Vince Annelo and Mike MacDonald in it. Some of the best days in powerlifting. I remember Pete Fiore but did not know he had continued lifting in the masters and basically training till he passed on.
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Re: Bob Memery 1929-2014

Post by DannyBoy » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:22 pm

I'm not familiar with Bob Memery, but he sure sounds impressive. Thanks Handson!

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Re: Bob Memery 1929-2014

Post by Handson » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:04 am

... and Dot Shaw [RIP] toyed with 600lb plus too.

See Dorothy Shaw 300kg squat GPCGB British 2011

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Re: Bob Memery 1929-2014

Post by Handson » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:28 pm

Here's Dot Shaw.
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Re: Bob Memery 1929-2014

Post by peter yates » Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:08 pm

Thanks Handson,
Dorothy Shaw is an incredibly strong woman and put up some serious numbers. Do you know if she is still competing?
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Re: Bob Memery 1929-2014

Post by Handson » Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:35 pm

Hi Peter

Unfortunately Dot Shaw passed away from an epileptic seizure last year aged 54.
She was preparing to go to the gym when it happened.
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Re: Bob Memery 1929-2014

Post by peter yates » Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:54 pm

Hi Handson, i am so sorry to hear that. Is it something she had endured her whole life or came on later in life? Either way sad news and i hope she is at peace.
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