We're mourning today the passing of Dean Hamilton Leckey.
He was the second Rector with whom I served as Curate.
I was six years ordained at that point
and not finding the appointment system easy.
He took a risk - as others have since -
and we enjoyed our ministry together.
Hammie was visiting one afternoon in Kilcooley Estate, Bangor.
He knocked on a door which didn't open - and while standing there was
savaged by a random dog.
Next door flew open, 'Better step inside for a moment, your reverence'
And he did.
He then realised that next door was fighting drunk.
'Just need to go and take a leak, your reverence
And if the phone rings, it's my brother in Australia
Could you answer it and talk to him until I come back.?'
And the phone did ring.
And Hammie did answer it
And it was a long leak.
Requiescat in pace