Peter Tilsley, whom many readers, especially those living in Ovacık, will have known, died on 10th May in ICU in the Esnaf Hospital.

He had been ill for some time and had been in and out of the hospital over the past three months.

Peter, and his wife Pauline, first visited this area over 20 years ago and fell in love with the Ölüdeniz area, eventually buying a villa in Ovacık in 2004.

Peter’s working life, following National Service in the Navy, had involved him in many spheres: he owned and ran a petrol filling station; was a kitchen designer and a financial advisor.

He was very entrepreneurial and successful at whatever he turned his hand to.

Pauline says he liked helping people, and he certainly carried that with him when he settled in Ovacik bear Fethiye, Turkey.

He set up the Ovacık Residents’ Association and started a petition to seek a reduction in British citizens Turkish residence permit fees.

Although the petition didn’t work at the time, it is possible that it fed into the negotiations at government level, which did eventually lead to a significant reduction last year.

Peter’s funeral will be conducted by David Groom in Ovacık Cemetery on Wednesday, 16th May at 14.00.

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