The quality of man is reflected in the quality of his obituaries. This from the Daily Telegraph: “the master of urbane and laconic disquisitions on the more surreal details of daily life”. His attacks on the church some times caused quiet embarassment in our family living room, but we watched him religiously just the same. He was an Irishman the rest of us could be proud of. Particularly, as producer and friend Paul Jackson put it, for “his love of argument and complexity”. A rare quality amongst us. May his god go with him!