Rest in peace: Mourners gathered at Holy Trinity Church to honour the memory of Christoph Nagel. *Photo by Simon Jones
Rest in peace: Mourners gathered at Holy Trinity Church to honour the memory of Christoph Nagel. *Photo by Simon Jones

FRIDAY, JULY 13: Scores of mourners packed the Holy Trinity Church to pay their last respects to a popular hotel worker who died in a bike accident.

Christoph Nagel, General Assistant at Rosewood Tucker’s Point, was hailed as a ‘consummate professional’ by friends and colleagues who paid tribute during an emotional service on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old German national, who came to Bermuda just over five years ago, died on July 1 when he lost control of his motorcycle as he rode home from the hotel.

Executive chef Serge Bottelli fought back tears as he spoke of his fond memories of Mr Nagel.

He said: “You always knew you could depend on Chris. He was always there for the guests and members.

“He was an accomplished professional and extremely proud of what he achieved.

“I still remember last year him chasing chickens away from the dining room table — it was so funny to watch. But he always went the extra mile for the guests. He was always immaculately turned out and took extra time to slick his hair back.

“The most distraught I have ever seen Chris is when Bayern Munich lost the Champion’s League Final earlier this year. He was devastated and had a hard time accepting it.

“Outside work he was fun. He seemed to always enjoy life before it was cut short. We will all need to take a moment to reflect on his life. Life is too short and you need to make the most of it. Chris, we will see each other again but not just yet.”

Mr Nagel’s family were not able to attend the service, but Mr Bottelli said Cornelia and Frank Nagel had asked him to pass on their deep thanks to everyone for their kind words in the wake of their son’s death.

Mr Nagel’s close friends, Stephane Guillot and Jing Tian, also spoke during the service, which was presided over by Reverend Stephen Bailey.

Mr Guillot said: “I miss the crazy laugh you had.

“I am ready to turn the page and move on, but I don’t want to remember the way you left us. I want to remember the things we loved and the way you were before you left us.

“I will be seeing you up there and we can have a glass of wine together.”

MEF Financial Director, Teresa Chatfield, said that it felt like the Little Venice Group had lost a family member with the death of Mr Nagel.

She added: “The extra level of support we have seen and the outpouring of sympathy is a testament to Chris. His parents have been deeply touched by the tributes. We miss him not just as a superb professional but as a member of the family he had here in Bermuda.”