12:30PM, Thursday 08 May 2014
Outspoken campaigner Peter Hooper has died suddenly.
Mr Hooper, 63, of Osborne Road, Windsor frequently crossed swords with councillors at public meetings. He died suddenly of heart failure while visiting his mother's house in Sunningdale on April 18.
The funeral was on Friday at Sacred Heart Church in London Road, Sunningdale.
He was a retired health and safety manager in the construction industry. But in recent years he devoted his attention to issues affecting Windsor, particularly Heathrow expansion.
His sister Alayne Taylor said: "He was offered a job at Terminal 5 but turned it down on principal because he did not believe it should have been built."
She remembered Mr Hooper going up to London carrying a fibreglass Wessex Saddleback pig on his shoulders. She said: "He was making a point about politician's expenses and got a smile from Ken Livingstone as he demonstrated at Westminster."
Mr Hooper later joked that he had been stopped seven times by the police, while canvassing with the pig on his shoulders as an Independent candidate for Windsor during the 2010 general election. He had canvassed during the the previous election with a fibre glass sheep.
But despite the jokey approach, his serious concern for Windsor was recognised by councillors he clashed with at meetings.
Cllr Phill Bicknell (Con, Park), deputy chairman of the Royal Borough's cabinet, said: "Peter was good at winding people up. I had a bit of a soft spot for him, he did not want to be part of the status quo.
"I had a chat with him once and he said 'I like to be controversial'."
His sister Alayne said that Peter was a family man who was close to her, his brother Nigel and mum Betty as well as his nephew Christopher and nieces Rebecca and Claire.
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