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We became instant friends when we met three years ago, I suspect, because of our mutual love and respect for the English language: that and a shared boyish joy of pointing and shaking sticks at today's version of politicians.
I described him to my English friends as a true patrician; tall, honourable, scholarly, gentle, and infinitely wise. A good man who always saw and understood both sides of an argument who, as a pressman, always saw fit to print opinions contrary to his own.
Paul was the eloquent
We shared a love of the words of John Donne and some of those are appropriate now:
A gentle giant has passed from our midst, and I know I shall not be alone in believing that I did not know Paul Akers well or long enough.