Having met Cat and John at Manchester University I remember one of the first times I met Rod was at the family home in Poulton where a big group of us were celebrating John’s birthday. His unassuming and non-judgemental acceptance of everyone was a quality I saw repeated over and over every time I met him subsequently. He had an uncanny ability to put you at ease and could talk at any level so that somehow you felt as if there was a message or some wisdom that you were gifted with, however subtle. This gift of Rod’s was one of the many qualities that meant he was so loved by all. My only regret is that we saw each other so infrequently.
May God Bless you Rod and the Newman family, enshrine the many joyous memories and bring peace to all your hearts.