So sorry to hear of the death of Fr Gregory Winterton of the Birmingham Oratory on wednesday 18th January 2012.
I remember the frugality of his room at the oratory. Mind you, I last sat and chatted with him there in the 1980s. He had an iron framed bed and a wardrobe with day clerics and best clerics, day habit and best habit and very little more.
He came across as a zealously pastoral man. He loved people and liked to share his enthusiasm for Newman and his experience of his relationship with God regardless of who they were, their status or rank. Relationship with God, so it seemed to me, came before everything for Fr Gregory.
He gave me a great love of Newman and Newman’s fidelity to the kindly light that led him on. Thank you Fr Gregory for your fantastic example of Christian life.