It was standing room only at Southwark Cathedral for the Memorial Ceremony of the late Michael Cox (Director of Wines of Chile UK) as over 800 people attended the afternoon ceremony to celebrate the life of a well-loved character in the Chilean and international wine scene.
A moving ceremony led by Canon Mark Oakley, Chaplain to the Worshipful Company of Vintners (of which Michael was Master during 2013), was accompanied by magnificent music from the Southwark Cathedral Singers choir and organist Martyn Noble, a Horn Concerto played by Michael’s nephew Sam, and a touching rendition of Swing low, Sweet chariot by Charles Metcalfe and Oz Clarke.
At the ceremony and wine reception at Vinopolis following, tributes were paid to Michael’s exceptional personality and formidable career by Director of Wines of Chile, Eduardo Chadwick, and by Michael’s closest family: his twin brother David, and his wife Lynne.
“Today I want to pay tribute to this wonderful man, to recognize his monumental work for the Chilean wine industry,” Eduardo said in the ceremony. “For helping Chileans unleash their true character and sparking the joy of a profound love of wine. We will always remember him as the life of the party, the man who “owned” the dance floor in his black tie and huaso attire. The one who made true friends and enjoyed life.”
Michael passed away on 20th February after battling with an aggressive bile duct cancer for one year. He was Director of Wines of Chile UK for ten years, and will be sorely missed by all his friends in the industry.
By Amanda Barnes
Pictures of the service taken from UK journalist Jim Budd’s blog on the ceremony, see more here. Top: Southwark Cathedral; Bottom Left: Charles and Oz leading the congregation in Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.