Obituary – Colin Maclean Bather





Colin Bather died suddenly on January 1, 1996.

He died suddenly on New Year’s Day 1996 after a day spent enjoying one of his favourite sports – skiing – at Verbier in Switzerland.

Colin joined Sea Containers in September 1977 as a General Manager in the CCC Division, having been President of the Hotel Cipriani in Venice at the time it was bought by Sea Containers one year earlier, and he combined his position with the hotel with his duties in the Container Division.

Subsequently – in 1981 – he was asked to assume responsibility for Sea Containers’ other leisure interests which at that time included Harry’s Bar in Mayfair, London, the Fairways and Swinford travel agency, and the restoration of the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express.  Later, as Vice President Orient Express Hotels, he was involved not merely in the acquisition of all the Group’s prestigious hotels, but the successful reintroduction of the VSOE, all of which owed much to his dedication and expertise.

Colin retired from Sea Containers at the end of 1991.  He will be deeply missed by all his ex-colleagues who so greatly admired and respected him.

Our sympathies in their loss go out to his wife Valerie and children Alexander and Victoria.


                                                            Obituary notice originally printed in SeaCo Newsletter No. 84.