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Mr Perkins, who was a Bluff borough councillor and deputy mayor before moving north and serving five years on the Queenstown Lakes District Council, died at Invercargill’s Southland Hospice on Sunday, after a long illness, aged 81.
Mr Perkins’ death follows that of his wife, Wendy, in July.
Long-time friend John Mann said his friend’s positive approach to life, reliability and ability to relate to people meant he was always sought after for roles in the community .
Mr Perkins had dealt with his illness with typical strength of character, Mr Mann said.
"I saw Lex the day before he died and he was still positive, right to the end, and clear and strong mentally."
Mr Perkins lived in Queenstown for 13 years from 1989, running an accommodation business before selling up and moving to Arrowtown in 2002.
After serving a term on the district council representing the Whakatipu ward, he was elected to the Arrowtown seat in 2010 and re-elected unopposed in 2013.
It was only one of the plethora of roles he took on in the township.
Because of restraints on international travel, a memorial service for Mr Perkins will be held in January, on a date yet to be confirmed, at the Bluff Rugby Club.