Padding­ton bear cre­ator gets ser­vice at cathe­dral

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

LON­DON — Bri­tish ac­tor Hugh Bon­neville has joined hun­dreds of mourn­ers at a me­mo­rial ser­vice for the cre­ator of the mar­malade-lov­ing bear Padding­ton.

Bon­neville, who plays adop­tive fa­ther Mr. Brown in the “Padding­ton” films, told mourn­ers at Lon­don's St. Paul's Cathe­dral that Michael Bond “was as kindly, dig­ni­fied, charm­ing and lov­able as the im­mor­tal Padding­ton Bear he gave us.”

Bond wrote some 20 Padding­ton books be­fore his death in June at age 91.

At Tues­day's ser­vice, Bon­neville read trib­utes from fans along­side young ac­tors Madeleine Har­ris and Sa­muel Joslin, who play his chil­dren in the two “Padding­ton” movies.

The con­gre­ga­tion in­cluded Bond's fam­ily, friends from the pub­lish­ing world and celebri­ties such as writer-co­me­dian Stephen Fry.

Fry said Bond of­ten asked him­self, “‘What would Padding­ton do?’ I think that would be a good tat­too for all of us.”

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