Memorial service for Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse


A memorial service for the Oxford author and creator of Inspector Morse Colin Dexter has been held at Christ Church. Family, friends and colleagues of Mr Dexter's gathered to celebrate his life through a series of readings and specially chosen music. Mr Dexter died in March last year aged 86.

Among the guests were actors who had starred in television dramatisations of Mr Dexter's books including Kevin Whately who appeared in Morse and gave a tribute during the memorial. Laurence Fox who appeared in Lewis and the Endeavour actors Shaun Evans and Abigail Thaw, whose father John played the title role in Morse, were also at the service. The authors Philip Pullman and Val McDermid attended and spoke at a reception afterwards. 

Colin Dexter had lived in Oxford for over 50 years and wrote his first Morse novel, Last Bus to Woodstock in 1975.

In his address, the Dean described Colin as an 'iconic figure' and said it was "absolutely fitting" that Christ Church had opened its doors for the author's family and friends. 

Speaking after the memorial, his daughter Sally thanked everyone at the service: "Colin was much loved and a part of so many people's lives. His family wish to thank most sincerely all those who travelled from far and wide to attend his memorial service yesterday at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. His family also wish to express their thanks to all those who have given Colin their love and support over so many years."

Click on the link to the right to read the Dean's address from the memorial service.

Main image photograph by Ed Nix, featuring l to r: Sir Muir Gray, Sally Dexter, Kevin Whately, and a portrait of Colin Dexter.