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Michael Pepper

November 17, 1956November 3, 2019

Michael Thor Pepper, native and lifelong resident of Tallahassee, died suddenly at his home in Indianhead Acres-Lehigh, from epileptic complications of a head injury caused by a car accident in which he was a 17 -year old passenger. An architectural draftsman who worked with his father Leonard Pepper and brother Jeffrey Pepper in property management, Mike passed away just two weeks shy of his 63rd birthday, which is November 17. He graduated from Florida High School in 1974 and attended FSU before obtaining his civil drafting degree from Lively Technical School.

He was a talented athlete in all high school sports, and as an adult played tennis, basketball, volleyball and darts. But his particular passion was billiards, which he enjoyed playing at Zingale’s. He was a devoted fan of FSU and attended almost every basketball game for decades.

He was the family cook and a serious movie & TV buff. Game of Thrones was a comfort and a fixation. An avid and eclectic reader, he left a body of writings, including screenplays, observations, jokes, and movie quizzes. Although he did not often display it, he had an excellent singing voice. Mike never met a dog he didn't love and had many canine companions.

He was extremely funny, with an acerbic wit that could sometimes sting, but his conviviality and encouraging love of life brightened the lives of his friends and family.

Michael was preceded in death by his older sister Rita, his mother Ragna Pepper and his father Leonard Pepper. He is survived by three children, Keenan (wife Sara), Madeleine, and Logan (wife Jessica), older sisters Patricia (husband Roger Campbell) and Bertha (husband Bobby Williams), and brother Jeffrey (wife Dianne), and three aunts, Florence Schott, Doris Katz and Disa Guðmundsdottir. He was a doting and energetic uncle to adoring nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and had many cousins in the U.S and Iceland. He was married for 30 years to the mother of his children, Cheryl Garrett Pepper. They divorced in 2013.

A celebration of his life for family and friends will be at 2 PM on his birthday at the family farm in Gadsden County. In keeping with his wishes, no formal services will be held.


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Gordon LaMotta

November 6, 2019

I am saddened by the news of your passing.
It was a pleasure to know you and and I am grateful for all of the invitations from you to go to Seminole basketball games. I know you loved the game and will be watching and cheering from above.
Rest in Peace, Mike Pepper