Poignant drive-by tribute for Pizza House Pep
Funeral cars will make a poignant final journey past Peterborough's Pizza House restaurant before the much-loved former owner Pep Fasulo is laid to rest, his family have revealed.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 17, at 11am at St Peter and All Souls Church in Geneva Street in the city centre - and the drive-by will take place as the cars make their way to the church at around 10.30am.
The service, which is expected to be well attended, will be followed by a burial at Fletton Cemetery at 1pm.
Pep, who had a long association with the restaurant on Cowgate, died last Wednesday aged 56.
He was being treated for kidney problems in Peterborough City Hospital when he passed away.
He leaves a partner and four children.
Pep had been a fixture in The Pizza House in Cowgate in the city centre for almost 40 years and news of his death sparked a huge outpouring of grief on social media.
Hundreds of people took to facebook to pay tribute, many customers of the restaurant going back to the 1980s who had become firm friends.
His partner Faye Fletcher said today: “It was very nice to read what people had to say about Pep.
“So many people had so much love for him.”
Pep’s brother Rinaldo , who had taken over the running of the restaurant again in recent months after Pep’s ill health forced him to step down, said: “It is such a shame. I know he was really well known and loved by customers over the years and we will all miss him.
“I went to see him on Tuesday and he was fantastic and looking forward to coming home. Then the next thing he took a turn for the worse, developed an infection and went into a coma. He passed away on Wednesday afternoon at 4.10pm.”
Rinaldo said he had been moved by all the messages on social media and added: “I would like to thank everyone for their lovely words for my brother.
“The family really appreciate it, thank you .”
Pep, born and bred in Peterborough, went straight into the restaurant business from school and had worked in The Pizza House since 1978. He took over running it when brother Rinaldo moved on to other ventures in the 1980s.
He had a liver transplant seven years ago and had recently suffered from ill health and kidney problems.