Robert Hallmann 1935-2022 RIP

We have just heard our friend and one of our earliest members, Robert Hallmann has died.

Robert has written many books about local history and contributed many times with articles to the archive. An accomplished photographer he shared some of the great photos he took on Canvey many years ago. He will be greatly missed.

Local author Robert Hallmann

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  • What a knowledge this man had.of our area and history which will be shared for always to all the next generations.coming and books .he has been part of our history.not reading it.but making it.RIP. Robert.god bless and thank you. Thinking of all the family. Be proud of his legacy. For future generations. To see. And read.x Gary foulger.

    By Gary Foulger (05/08/2022)
  • So sad to read the news of the passing of Robert Hallmann. I was introduced to to him by Dave Bullock in the very early days of the Canvey Archive and I got to know him quite well at that time.
    He was very helpful with several of my small projects. I even had the pleasure of visiting his house on Hadleigh Downs, top floor dedicated to the vast quantity of his work and with views of Canvey and the estuary but situated in his ‘ home territory’ of Hadleigh, Benfleet andThundersley.
    He will be remembered as professional photographer, diligent researcher and prolific author with a masterful use of the English language( not his native tongue). All of which will be available to future generations!
    Unfortunately our paths haven’t crossed in recent years but I will always remember him as really nice bloke !!!
    RIP. Robert. Graham Stevens.

    By Graham (07/08/2022)
  • Today is the occasion of Robert Hallmann’s funeral. Wednesday 31st August 2022. Hadleigh, his adopted town, should by rights be closed and all the flags at half mast (if only we had any) but, strangely, the world continues to revolve and the incessant traffic rushes past St James the Less and the Old Fire Station – the same as yesterday and tomorrow – manifestly indifferent to our sorrow. Yet we have lost one of our finest. And it’s time to say goodnight.
    Robert was one of the most delightfully creative souls I have had the good fortune to encounter and his boundless enthusiasm, expressed in so many quirky ways, was always infectious and inspirational. Quite simply, he made our world a far better place – how lucky were we, his community – and how bereft are we, at his passing.

    By David Hurrell (31/08/2022)

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