Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Michael Winner's 'perfect' funeral

Film director Michael Winner died at the age of 77

Sir Michael Parkinson and former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman were among the mourners at the funeral of film director Michael Winner.

The filmmaker, who made more than 30 films including the blockbuster Death Wish series, died at home in Kensington, London, on Monday following a lengthy battle with liver disease.

A statement issued by his office said: "Michael Winner was buried today (Wednesday) in a moving service at Willesden Jewish Cemetery, North London. If Michael had been alive to film it, he would have said, 'Perfect, darling, perfect'.

"A cold wind whipped a flurry of snowflakes across the cemetery - a film directors' dream.

"Among the mourners were many of Michael's friends from long ago as well as his widow Geraldine, his long term assistant Dinah May, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir David Frost, Bill Wyman, Terry O'Neill, Don Black, Chris Rea and Henry Wyndham, chairman of Sotheby's.

The service was conducted by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler with a reception after at Mr Winner's home, Woodland House, Kensington."

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