I was in the same class as Nigel Dent for 5 years until he left after O levels, and I rather lost touch afterwards. Around 1989 he rang me up and I regret that I never got round to meeting up. I remember many conversations about all sorts of things with him and with Stephen Yates, including theology, although I was a bit more of an interested observer then when it came to Christianity, I really only found my faith afterwards in the sixth Form in what were perhaps the 'golden years' of the christian Union. I also remember Nigel as a cricketer, who would open the innings and sometimes bowl as well, with a lot more talent in that area than me ! I also remember a sensitive, mature and thoughtful young man, and the fact he appeared to have shone so much academically did not surprise me. Nor was I that surprised when I heard he had gone into the Anglican Ministry.
I also regret losing touch with Stephen Yates; I remember him as a good and thoughtful friend with an amazing (certainly to me) talent for composing music. It was fascinating to read Stephen's comments on Nigel, and despite the sad situation and the long time that has elapsed I can very much echo Stephen's sentiments about him. It seems not so long ago when we were all three of us in form 5A under the form master Alf Sinfield.
It is clear that Nigel touched a lot of people so positively in his life--and that does not surprise me from what I remember of him at school.
I would also be interested to make contact again with stephen.