Bryan Pepperell, a long-serving Wellington City Councillor until 2013, died suddenly at home last Thursday aged 65.
Pepperell served as a southern ward councillor from 1995 until 2013, and stood for the mayoralty at six elections.
In a statement, his eldest son Martyn said that “he leaves behind a legacy of empathy, and a huge community who he cared about dearly, and cared about him.”
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, who worked as a councillor alongside Pepperell in the 2010-2013 term described him as a “highly-principled man” with “strongly left-wing and progressive views.”
“He always took the side of the underdog and fought hard against attempts to privatise Council operations and assets.
“He was a popular and long-serving councillor in the Southern Ward… always good company and a man able to get on with other councillors and mayors – even if he was not enthused with their politics.”
Bryan Pepperell is survived by his wife Penny and his children Martyn, Justine and Reuben, as well as his siblings Lyn, Joy, David, Murray, Ian and John.
His funeral service will be held at 2:00pm this Thursday at Old Saint Paul’s, 34 Mulgrave Street, followed by a public wake at the Thistle Inn, Mulgrave Street.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wellington City Mission, or the Royal Society of Forest & Bird New Zealand.