Sister sheds tears for 'one of God's gifts'

BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 05:00 05/02/2013
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Kathryn Peoples cried for a fortnight after her "amazing and generous" brother died while on holiday in Africa.

She will be among a large group of family and friends gathering to remember Daniel John Peoples, 53, at a memorial service at Northern United Rugby Football Club this weekend.

Mr Peoples, who grew up in Titahi Bay but lived in South Africa, was on holiday in Tofu, Mozambique, with his wife Claudia and their two teenage children when he died.

Yesterday, Miss Peoples said her brother went rock fishing on his own early in the morning of December 23. No-one saw the incident, but it was assumed he slipped on rocks, hit his head and fell into the sea.

His body was found floating a short distance from shore by a surfer, she said. He had a serious head injury.

Family flew to South Africa for a private funeral and a separate memorial service attended by about 800 people.

"I cried every day for two weeks," Miss Peoples said. "He was one of God's gifts to the world. He was just the most amazing man. He was loved by everyone."

Her brother was the youngest of four siblings. After school he completed a butchery apprenticeship and also became a qualified chef.

He spent time in Australia before moving to London, where he met Claudia about 25 years ago. Eventually the couple moved to White River in South Africa, where he helped manage her family's farm. He was also heavily involved in charity work.

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- The Dominion Post

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