Long-standing Ward 63 councillor Monty Oliver, 73, died in hospital this morning, Tuesday April 20.
Mr Oliver served the council and Ward 63, which includes Ottery, Fairways, Wetton and Wynberg-South, for more than 20 years and was planning to retire this year, said friend Garin Cavanagh.
The former Sub-council 18 chairperson was placed on sick leave at the beginning of the month and when his health deteriorated, he was admitted to Kingsbury Hospital.
It was then discovered that he had an underlying heart condition and he tested positive for Covid-19.
“He seemed to be doing okay and we thought he was coming home when I spoke to him but the situation got worse. From what I understand his underlying heart condition contributed to the deterioration in his health,” said Mr Cavanagh.
Mr Oliver was placed on oxygen but at about 8am on Tuesday April 20 Mr Cavanagh got a call from Mr Oliver’s long-time partner Patsy Maarman to say he had died.
“He will be greatly missed by the community he served so diligently over the years and especially by his family and colleagues”.
He is survived by Ms Maarman, his two daughters Lenore and Melanie, his granddaughter Amber, grandson Adam and great-grandson Dean.
The funeral arrangements will be confirmed later this week.