SOME 500 people attended
a memorial service at Westminster for Andre Simon, the French-born wine and food expert who made England his home.
His son, Fr. Peter Simon, Si., said Mass; another son, Andr, read the lesson, and the bidding prayers were read by Mother Madeleine, one of two of his daughters who are nuns.
The panegyric was preached by a member of another distinguished wine family, Mgr. Alfred Gilbey. After the service members of the congregation were invited to take a glass of champagne. Bishop Victor Guazzelli, Auxiliary of Westminster, was present in the choir, and Prebendary Ronald Pilkington and Canon Lionel Dove also attended.
Andre Simon was born in Paris in 1877 and wrote more than 50 books about wine or food. His recreations were books and gardening.
During the 38 years he lived in Britain he helped many old and destitute compatriots through the French Benevolent Society of which he was president. M. Simon was for many years a daily communicant at Westminster Cathedral.