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Former British consul in Malaga Mike Bartram dies, aged 83

Mike Bartram, second left, with officials at the opening of the new consulate in Malaga in 2000.
Mike Bartram, second left, with officials at the opening of the new consulate in Malaga in 2000. / SUR
  • Mike was consul between 1990 and 2000, but since then had kept close links with the city he loved

Michael Anthony Bartram, British consul in Malaga between 1990 and 2000, died in the city’s Hospital Regional on Tuesday morning. The retired diplomat fell ill just a day after arriving with his family from the UK on Saturday to spend some time in their Malaga home. He was 83.

Originally from Southend-on-Sea near London, Mike was posted to Malaga after consular jobs in various countries, including Pakistan, Japan, Guatemala and the US. His last post before Malaga was Havana, Cuba.

Mike retired in 2000, shortly after the British consulate moved into its current premises. By then in love with Malaga, he and his wife Raili continued to live in the city.

Bartram, left, with writer Marjorie Grice-Hutchinson, at a tribute to English cemetery gardener Antonio Alcaide Maldonado, right, in 1991.

Bartram, left, with writer Marjorie Grice-Hutchinson, at a tribute to English cemetery gardener Antonio Alcaide Maldonado, right, in 1991. / SUR

“I would like to keep forever in my memory the magical profile of the streets of Malaga and the happy faces of its people,” he told a SUR reporter in an interview in 1992. “The longer I spend here, the more painful it will be to leave.”

The couple later moved to Southend-on-Sea to be closer to their son Matthew, who lives in London with his wife Amy, although they regularly returned to their home in Malaga.

“Mike was a gentle, fair, sincere, knowledgeable man,” former consular officer Ana Monzó said this week.

His ashes will be buried at the English Cemetery in Malaga.