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Former Durban mayor, Trevor Warman, 86, has died of injuries he sustained in a car crash which also claimed the life of his wife, Yolande, 86, earlier this month.

Warman, who suffered broken ribs among other injuries, was in intensive care at the Umhlanga Hospital. He died on Christmas morning from a lung infection.

Family friend, John Rae, said the former city councillor and mayor was making good progress but was re-admitted to the unit as his lungs were “very bad”.

“It was too much. The news of his wife’s death and his injuries, he just couldn’t stand it. It is very sad,” he said.

The couple were involved in a collision with another vehicle on the M41 near Umhlanga.

Serving on the city council for 10 years in the early 1960s before being elected mayor unopposed in 1968, Warman served two terms before taking up a position in the provincial government.

He was, for many years, Speaker in the legislature and was an avid athlete, running the Comrades Marathon twice, playing hockey in his sixties and serving on the Natal and SA Referees’ Association. He also played rugby for the province in the 1940s.

Warman will probably be best remembered for the founding of Warman House in 1999, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre in Morningside.

His remains will be committed in a private ceremony followed by a memorial service in the new year for the couple. A date is yet to be decided.

The Warmans leave their three children, Ann, Anthony and Hylton, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Mercury