Roland MacLeod, perhaps most famously known for his portrayal of the advertising executive Morris Coates in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin in the 1970's and 80's with Leonard Rossiter, died on 3rd April (2010) at the age of 74. Roland was a friend, and he was originally my English and drama teacher at school in the early 60's on the Isle of Wight. Even then it was obvious that he possessed a natural comedic ability, and when he ultimately left teaching he went straight into acting, a decision that surprised none of us who knew him personally. During the height of his on-screen career he appeared with Marty Feldman and Dick Emery, as well as having a fair innings on Coronation Street, together with many other productions in which he took small character parts. I kept in touch with him over the years, and last autumn out of the blue he phoned me and asked if we could meet up; sadly I was unable to make it, but now, of course, I wish like anything that I had. He was essentially a lovely man who made people laugh - a fine epitaph for anyone I think. God bless you, Roland.