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A very old resident of JSTelson in the person of Mr. Jesse Piper died at ins residence, Waimea road, last evening, after a prolonged illness. The deceased, who was 83 years of age, spent iiis early life at sea, and settled in JVelson many j^ears ago. He took a keen interest in municipal affairs, serving for a long period as City Councillor, and being Mayor of the crty during the period 1902-3, and again from 1905 to 1910. He was also for a time a member of the Hospital and Charitable Aid Board. He aspired to Parliamentary honours on several occasions, but was unsuccessful. The deceased was at one time a prominent member of the Ilechabite Order, and was interested in the temperance movement. He was also a trustee of the local V.M.C.A., and only recently handed over his trust to mo Board' of Directors. The late Mr. Piper was a man of firm convictions, and rendered useful service as a citizen. He was married twice, and leaves itwidow.

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OBITUARY. The Colonist, Volume LXII, Issue 15357, 22 April 1920

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