‘Slow to anger, swift to praise.’ The line from Tennyson came to mind on having learned of past-president Paul Marsh’s death. That line formed part of a eulogy to an admired and revered leader.

When younger, I puzzled over the sentiment; now I grasp its meaning.

Paul was a humble, caring human being, never judgemental, ever appreciative of efforts and ever solicitous of the welfare of others.

In April 2008 my wife had a life-threatening car accident; I had been in Chancery Lane when notified. He was on hand and he saw me through it.

Many are the similar stories.

Paul was a consummate motivator, to whom it came naturally because of his profound humanity. We should celebrate and emulate him.

Malcolm Fowler, Kings Heath, Birmingham