Winner's 'perfect' funeral

Sir David Frost and Sir Michael Parkinson were amongst those at the funeral of film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner. His office said: "If Michael had been alive to film it, he would have said, 'Perfect, darling, perfect'."

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Michael Winner's funeral was 'perfect, darling, perfect'

The funeral has taken place of film director Michael Winner, who died on Monday after a long battle with liver disease.

Michael Winner pictured in 2008 Credit: Press Association

Sir Michael Parkinson and former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman were among the mourners who paid their final respects in north London.

A statement, issued by Michael Winner's office said if he 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 including Sir David Frost, Terry O'Neill, Don Black, Chris Rea and Henry Wyndham, chairman of Sotheby's.

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AA Gill: Michael Winner was 'immensely generous'

AA Gill Credit: Channel 4 News

Sunday Times restaurant critic AA Gill has paid tribute to his colleague Michael Winner, saying he was "immensely generous."

Gill said: "He had immensely loyal friends, and was very good in company.

"He was a natural as a restaurant critic, not because he knew a lot about food, but he did know about the business of hospitality, sitting around a table, telling stories.

"He was very good at what he did."

Simon Cowell: 'Michael Winner was a very good friend'

TV mogul Simon Cowell has paid tribute to Michael Winner, saying that "laughter was never far away" when Winner was around.

He said:

I'm very sad to hear about Michael passing away. He's become a very good friend over the years and someone whose company I have always really enjoyed.

Laughter was never far away when Michael was around and he is someone who the more I got to know, the fonder I got of him. I am sure there are a lot of other people who, like me, will really miss him.

– Simon Cowell

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Cowell's tribute to Winner: Laughter was never far away

I'm very sad to hear about Michael passing away.

He's become a very good friend over the years and someone whose company I have always really enjoyed.

Laughter was never far away when Michael was around and he is someone who the more I got to know, the fonder I got of him.

I am sure there are a lot of other people who, like me, will really miss him.

– Simon Cowell

Winner's police work 'brought comfort and will continue'

Michael had been ill for some time, but this is still a sad loss. Michael was a keen supporter of police charities and in particular was the founder of the project that let to the National Police Memorial being placed in the Mall in London.

There is no doubt that Michael's work will be continued and we at the Trust pass on our sympathies to his family at this sad time. The work he did on behalf of the policing family brought a lot of comfort to those he recognised.

– Steve Lloyd, Police Roll of Honour Trust

Michael Winner's young entrepreneurial streak

Michael Robert Winner was born on October 30 1935, the only child of a couple of Russian emigre stock. His father was a millionaire property developer and his mother, as colourful a character as himself, was an inveterate gambler who lost millions in the casinos in Cannes.

Michael Winner has died, aged 77 Credit: Press Association

At the age of 13, the young Winner was already showing an entrepreneurial streak. He started to write a showbusiness column called Michael Winner's Show Talk, syndicated to 35 local papers.

He attended St Christopher's School, Letchworth, and was asked to leave because he was paying another boy to clean his room. He avoided National Service by pretending to be gay.

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