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3rd May 2016, 18:32

Centenarian Pepe Fabre dies

One of Gibraltar's best-loved citizens, Pepe Fabre, has died. He passed away peacefully at Mount Alvernia on Friday night having celebrated his 100th birthday just two short months ago. The funeral will take place on Tuesday at 2pm from the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned. 

Pepe Fabre was an MBE as well as a recipient of the British Empire Medal. He loved sport and dancing and was also known for his charity work. He was the co-founder of the Gibraltar Amateur Swimming Association as long ago as 1946 and was later president and then life president of the Gibraltar Commonwealth Games Association. In 2011 he was bestowed with the GBC Sports Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pepe will be missed by many groups, among them the Lions and Rotary Clubs, the Casino Calpe and the local branch of the Royal British Legion, of which he was the president. He was a popular and regular figure for many years at dance venues like the DSA and the Catholic Community Centre and served the Legion of Mary for over 60 years. Another string to his bow was his membership of the Cavalcade Committee of which he was latterly the honorary president. In January he received the Mayor's Award in recognition of his long and devoted voluntary service to Gibraltar.

Loved by all who knew him, Pepe attributed his longevity to the fact that he never smoked, never married, danced almost daily, and drank a whisky a day. May he forever rest in peace.

Pepe Fabre receives the Mayor's Award

Pepe with the Governor, Lt General Ed Davis

With visiting UK Lions Club members

At his 100th birthday lunch in February