W. F. Deedes is away

That was what we were told when Bill's last column was due to appear in the Daily Telegraph. None of us could imagine that Bill was heading for the skies above. We thought he would go on and on. Although Hunter never met him, Lord Deedes was a gentleman - one could see that from his style of writing. He was a kind, gentle, loyal and intelligent 'old school' Tory. Thousands of people will miss him, despite not having met him. And many regarded him as a friend, too. As soon as his family ask for people to donate to Bill's favourite charities, Hunter will oblige. In today's Telegraph, a reader wrote a strange but funny letter, which, Im'm sure, would have made Bill smile:

Sir - In celebration of the life and work of Lord Deedes and in dedication to his memory, I should like to announce that I have today become a member of the Conservative Party.

D.V. Knox-Richards, Liverpool

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