The sudden passing of Maurice Prendergast, a longtime City Councilor and member of the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Council, at the age of 83 has left his entire community in tatters. It’s hard to believe that he is no longer with us. His sudden death has shocked his loved ones, including his friends, family, and colleagues.
Maurice Prendergast had a long political career, beginning in 1989 when he was elected to the Dunedin City Council on a platform of supporting economic growth and developing infrastructure such as roads and public transport systems. He served as City Councilor for 18 years, including a term as Deputy Mayor from 1995 to 1998. From 2013 to 2019, he was a member of the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Council and was still involved at the age of 80. His service earned him great respect and affection from the county’s residents.
The official Facebook page of the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Council confirmed his death, writing: “Former Dunedin City Councilor and Mosgiel-Taieri Community Council member Maurice Prendergast has passed away. He was 83.” Since news of his passing was confirmed, several community members and prominent figures have expressed their condolences to him and offered their deepest sympathies to his family who are going through a difficult time.
The cause of death of Maurice Prendergast has not been confirmed yet, according to sources. It is likely that the ex-senator passed away due to age-related issues. Still, neither officials nor his family have announced an update on the funeral or obituary.
Maurice Prendergast’s death is a great loss for the entire community. He was a dedicated public servant who worked hard to improve the lives of his constituents. His passing has left a void in the community that will be difficult to fill. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.