Honors for one of Hove’s longest serving councillors

TRIBUTES have flooded in from across the political spectrum following the death of one of the city’s longest-serving councillors.

Whilst representing Vallance and later Wish Ward on Hove Borough Council and Brighton and Hove City Council, he was Chairman of the Council between 1987 and 1991, Mayor of Brighton and Hove in 2008 and more recently the East Sussex Fire Authority.

Conservative councilor Robert Nemeth, who also represents Wish community, worked regularly with Garry on a range of issues affecting Hove residents.

Garry Peltzer Dunn was Mayor of Brighton and Hove in 2008Cllr Garry Peltzer Dunn and Cllr Robert Nemeth worked on the restoration of Hove Beacon ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year

He said: “I am truly devastated by the death of my friend and mentor. Everyone regarded Garry as a true gentleman with impeccable manners and a wonderful sense of humor.

“Our community will certainly feel this loss.”

Among Garry’s achievements during his tenure was the award of the town’s Honorary Freeman to Henry Allingham, then Britain’s oldest man, decorated for outstanding service during both the First and Second World Wars.

Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty said Garry was “on time and to the letter”.

He said: “When I was first elected his reputation as a former leader preceded him, but he always had a way of ensuring the political never became personal – a skill we should all learn well.

“With a wink, Garry always put the people he represented first and was kind and supportive towards councilors of all parties and none.

“Garry was known for his initially obscure, detailed questions whose potency soon became clear. He also had a penchant for telling you when you hadn’t even remotely answered the question.

“Furthermore, he never shied away from celebrating when the City – Hove to be precise – won something. I know he did this with passion for the Kingsway to the Sea project which is one of the projects we both worked on before his untimely death.

“He held power accountable with a form of grace and decency. I am confident he will be sorely missed by councilors from all parties.”

Garry Peltzer Dunn was Mayor of Brighton and Hove in 2008Garry served as former Council President for Hove and saved a sign welcoming people to the town before Hove merged with Brighton in 1997

Labor MP for Hove and Northern Ireland Shadow Secretary Peter Kyle also paid tribute to Garry’s half a century of service.

He said: “Garry has served our community for an incredible 50 years and has done so with dignity and with the concerns of the residents in mind.

“I will miss our conversations, always warm and friendly even when I disagree.”

The two leaders of the city’s Labor group, Carmen Appich and John Allcock, said they were “shocked and saddened” by his death and described him as a “true gentleman who was a shining example of being able to be pleasant to debate with colleagues”. .

In a statement, Cllr Appich and Cllr Allcock said: “He treated councilors of all parties and none, civil servants and residents alike with respect and courtesy, and he worked tirelessly for his local residents and in the service of the city for half a century.

“We will miss his presence, his calm, his humor and his good nature in the council chamber.

“Brighton and Hove has lost a conscientious officer and good man.”

South Portslade Labor Council Les Hamilton served on the council alongside Cllr Peltzer Dunn for nearly half a century. He described Garry as “a very good councilman who was always thoughtful and rational in his contributions”.

Cllr Hamilton said: “Having known Garry for so long, this sudden death came as a great shock.

“He will be greatly missed by all those who served with him throughout his many years of service in local government.”

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove’s Conservative group said Garry’s death “will be felt by the many people across the city who have come to know him”.

He said: “He was known as a true gentleman to all who got to know him. Everyone’s thoughts are with Garry’s family at this time.”

Garry Peltzer Dunn was Mayor of Brighton and Hove in 2008Garry worked to resolve issues for residents of his station, including injuries on sidewalks in his station

Friends of Garry over the years also paid tribute to Garry, with James McKemey reminiscing about times they played cricket with him.

James said: “He was a member of my cricket club and I played with him as a youngster on our Sunday team – where he was quietly devastating.”

Chris Holden, from Hove, said he spoke to Garry when he was serving as tellers in a local election.

He said: “Being able to talk amicably with someone you disagree with politically is a lost art for many.”

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