Michael Cox’s memorial in pictures

16th April, 2014 by Patrick Schmitt

At 3.30pm on Thursday 10 April, possibly the largest ever social gathering of the UK wine trade took place at Southwark Cathedral for the memorial service of Michael Cox.

The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley

The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley gave the address

Michael, who died from a rare and aggressive form of cancer on 20 February, was both head of Wines of Chile UK and master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners.

An extremely well liked member of the wine trade, Michael’s memorial attracted an estimated 850 people, the majority of whom were friends from his professional life.

The service saw tributes from Eduardo Chadwick, president of Viña Errazuriz and director of Wines of Chile; Sam Dow, past master of The Worshipful Company of Vintners, and David Cox, Michael’s twin brother – the latter you can read here.

There were also readings from Michael’s son Henry and Michael’s wife Lynne, as well as a rendition of Swing low, sweet chariot by Charles Metcalfe and Oz Clarke.

Then, an address was given by Reverend Canon Mark Oakley (pictured), chaplain to the Worshipful Company of Vintners and Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a Franz Strauss horn concerto played by Sam Jacobs, Michael’s nephew.

Following the service, all attendees were invited for a glass of wine in the Great Halls at Vinopolis – a vast space generously provided by the wine museum.

The drinks were also kindly donated, with Eduardo Chadwick and Hatch Mansfield supplying the white Errazuriz Chardonnay, and Robert Hill-Smith and Negociants UK supplying the red: Yalumba’s ‘The Scribbler’ Cabernet-Shiraz.

Standing out among the attendees of the memorial were around 10 men in striped blazers who were from the Mill Hill Rugby Club, where Michael – and David – once played.

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