Dennis Waterman gives eulogy at George Cole's funeral

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 August 2015
George Cole

George Cole

Dennis Waterman paid tribute to his late 'Minder' co-star George Cole at his funeral service, which was held today (13.08.15)

Dennis Waterman paid tribute to George Cole at his funeral.

A service was held today (13.08.15) for the 'Minder' star, who passed away last week at the age of 90, with his co-star giving the 30-minute eulogy.

During the service, he said: "People are always asking me for anecdotes. Working with George was an anecdote. It was non-stop. It's a wonderful day I suppose, but a horrible one. Personally I would rather be doing Hamlet with no rehearsals than this."

After the funeral, he added: "He was just the most popular person in showbiz and the nicest and the best.

"He was happiest when he was at home, when he was getting a few winners, and with his family and in his garden."

The star's widow Penny also paid tribute to the star, reading a poem titled 'He Is Gone' in front of a packed congregation which included the likes of 'Game of Thrones' star Patrick Malahide.

George's death was confirmed by his agent last week, who said in a statement: "It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sad death of one of our most loved and respected actors.

"George Cole passed away yesterday at the Royal Berkshire hospital after a short illness. His wife Penny and his son Toby were with him at his bedside."