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Fr Leo Porter, priest of the Diocese of Clifton, was

born on February 11, 1940. He died on July 30, 2004.

Leo Porter was born in Swindon shortly after the start of the Second World War. He entered the priesthood at a relatively late age, being ordained on March 27, 1978, in Holy Rood Church, Swindon.

His first appointment was as assistant priest at St Peter’s, Gloucester, in August 1978. From October 1981, he served as assistant priest at St Thomas More, Cheltenham, and Holy Cross, Bedminster, Bristol, before taking up his first ministry in his home town of Swindon in September 1984, as assistant priest at St Mary’s. In December 1987, he was appointed as parish priest to St Edmund, Calne, Wiltshire, before returning to Swindon in September to become Parish Priest at Holy Family.

The Dean of Swindon, Fr Liam Slattery, paid tribute to Fr Porter, saying: “Throughout his recent illness and subsequent disability, Fr Leo showed a courage, patience and acceptance that was an inspiration to all who visited him.

“Fr Leo was a man of prayer and it is in prayer that we remember and give thanks for his life and ministry as a priest of God”.

Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton was expected to celebrate Fr Porter’s Requiem Mass at Holy Family Church on August 11, followed by committal at Kingsdown Crematorium, Swindon.

Nick Rossiter, television documentary maker, was born on July 17, 1961. He died on July 23, 2004.

Nicholas Jeremy Rossiter, son of the painter Anthony Rossiter, was educated at Downside and Greyfriars, Oxford. After studying at the Cardiff School of Journalism, he began a long and successful career at the BBC.

He was responsible for A Vision of Britain, in which the Prince of Wales made a celebrated attack on the ugliness of modern architecture. But he is best remembered as the man who made the art enthusiast and nun, Sister Wendy Beckett, into a household name. Mr Rossiter, who had read her articles in Galleries magazine, persuaded Sister Wendy to leave her caravan to present a primetime programme exploring the riches of art history.

When the first programme of Sister Wendy’s Odyssey was completed, Mr Rossiter took a tape to Quiddenham, Norfolk, where Sister Wendy lives in the grounds of a Carmelite convent. At the end of the screening, the sisters broke with their customary silence and cheered.

Mr Rossiter, who was often described as “larger than life”, died suddenly after taking a large picnic to Lord’s. He leaves a wife Bea Ballard, and two daughters.

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