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Brent Raymond

Monday, 4 October 1965



Saturday, 13 May 2023

After a long courageous battle, Brent passed away with his dearly loved wife by his side in Brisbane. A much-loved husband of Julia. An amazing Dad and father-in-law of Daniel and Emma, Nicole and Troy, Mark and Leanne, Michelle and David, and a doting grandad to all his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed beyond words. A special thanks to the palliative care ward at Saint Vincent Hospital in Brisbane.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Brent will be held on Friday 7th of July at Southland Crematorium, commencing at 1.30 pm,
followed by private interment.

'Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal'

We love you so much Dad xx

Messages to 18 Rata Street, Otatara RD9, Invercargill 9879

Please find a link to the livestream below


So sorry unable to attend memorial service for Brent because of illness. As a family we are forever grateful to have had Brent and his family in our lives. The caring, unselfish friendship he extended to us is treasured. As well as memories of great times, Brent's legacy remains on Ruapuke Island by way of the two buildings he created for us - namely the home and woolshed as attached photos. His workmanship was second to none. It was my absolute privilege to have taken Brent and his family members to Ruapuke last year which enabled him to share with them his love of the Island. You fought a galant battle my friend and have earned your rest. Thank for the treasured memories.

Toe Topi and family


Well Brent , I don't know what to say.
Such a loving devoted father
To Daniel, Nicole, Mark and Michelle who will without a doubt will put what they have learnt into there children as you did with them, they where lucky to have such a kind loving Father.
Thinking of all your children and grandchildren and Julia and you Dad and your Sisters and Brother (ps I'm sure he won't be to happy you left him to deal with them alone lol)
Anyway that's all from me ,
Love to all.

Debbie Service


Your an amazing man thank you for everything you did for me.
Growing up you were my other role model it was always you. First sip of beer with papa Smurf and you, to my first chocolate cake, my first camping trip and first scary movie it was all with you... Your one of the most strongest caring and brave man I know. Our memories they will last forever. Your back with nana having a beer and laughs love you with all my heart uncle. Xx

Jessica Duncan


Hi Brent, cousin ... you are gone but we'll catch up with you at the memorial in Invercargill. I remember so many childhood memories - smoking, drinking and swearing etc. (the good old days) - I don't do these things as often now or not at all (LOL). Ruha and I were so delighted to see you when we were over in OZ - Commonwealth Games 2018 (Gold Coast). It's such a loss, sad to see you go so early. RIP Brent. Sending hearts from Rolleston, NZ. Much love, Nigel, Ruha and Kahu.

Nigel Service & Ruha Goodwill


Nicole, Brent was the best guy I've ever known! He was always there for you and your family. I'll miss the joy he brought into all the lives around him. I know you're hurting right now. I'm here if you need to talk.
RIP Brent

Lauren Tosh


Grandad I love you so much miss you xx

Ella Service


Hi my cousin Brent, I just want you to know that I love you a ton! You were a very loving and caring person! Go on and have the best new adventure! God has big plans for you! Say hi to my dad for me! I will see you when my time is done here! Love from cousin Tom.

Tom Service - Alberta, Canada


I love you very much my big cool cousin. I loved our visit together so much and… grateful you and Julia made the long journey overseas to see us. I know my Dad will be taking care of you. Love you – cousin Robyn xx

Robyn Service - British Columbia, Canada


Thank you, Uncle, for all your guidance, teachings and support. You always understood me and were always there for me. I will never forget how you made every birthday special for me and for all the good times. Too early for you to leave Uncle. Gonna miss ya heaps love ya. Michael xx

Michael Wilkes - Brisbane, Australia


Our time my bro although short was the best! You will always be our awesome brother-in-law in life and beyond. Thank you for the good times bro we are going to miss you man every day. Safe journey our bro wherever you are heading, have a Speights on the way. Love ya bro!

Clive & Mary Wilkes - Brisbane, Australia


Dear Brent, my beautiful boy…. I am so honoured to be your aunty! Every note and all our conversations over the years with you, filled my heart. From the first time I met you 49 years ago! I loved your strength and courage. Your deep ties to your children, grandchildren, and family. Know always that your beautiful wife and kids will be fine, because of your amazing skill to have prepared them for the future. You have passed on those wonderful teachings to them! Uncle Lester, you and your Mama will be together. I feel all your spirits from time to time…..and we will all meet again. I truly believe that my sweet boy. So onward to that next adventure. Thank you for being in my life and my world, you will forever be on my mind and in my heart. Love Aunty Donna xx

Donna Young-Service - British Columbia, Canada


We loved that Brent contacted me and Greg when he moved to Brisbane in 2010. Having him in our lives over here has meant so much. We will miss him. Lots of love, Aunty Linda and Greg xx

Linda & Greg - Brisbane, Australia


Brent, you have been a great work and best friend over the last 30 plus years. We had had some fantastic holidays away like Raro and the Van tour around the East Coast up the North Island. You helped us with many things around our place on Steel Road, and the numerous parties at your place and ours (still sorry for the paua mess which ended up all over walls and floors). Great boys time on Ruapuki with Toe, Harry and Co. I caught up with Toe and wife last weekend at the bank, had a yarn for about half hour about the great times we had over the years. Great memories will live in our hearts forever. Rest easy our good mate until we meet again for a little party. LOVE TRUCK AND DOT

Lindsay & Dot Stuck


To Brent, my friend and most of all my son-in-law. I will never forget you and the good times that we had with Sumo (Otene) and Truckie. We all stuck together the 4 of us. Thank you for all you have done for me and my family. There wasn’t a day that passed that I didn’t think of you, and I will miss you dearly. I will always remember the good times that we all shared together. Fly high, and rest easy my mate and my son in-law. Love you always and forever🙏

Mike Riki


Go rest high on that mountain.
Cause brother,your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a shouting"
Love for the father and the son.

Thanks for the great memories and the great laughs.Your life was one of selflessness and love.
You will always be remembered" .Rest in love my brother until that glorious morning.

Lino Faumuina


My beautiful husband Brent - was the kindest, most caring, and intelligent man a woman could ever hope to find in a lifetime, and to have received such an extraordinary gift of becoming his wife, his best friend and sharing in all those beautiful years with him – How blessed and how lucky was I. I am eternally grateful.

"I keep you in my heart - always close to me" xox



An awesome loving brother who's going to be so missed. Love you Brent xx



The best Dad 💙
Forever blessed to have been your daughter. Love you xx



The best Grandad 💙
Love Ruby xoxo

Ruby Gould


The most amazing person love you so much dad ❤️



Condolences too the family, had the pleasure of meeting Brent through Daniel and Mark, he was a great guy and great father too all his children
Rest in Peace

Greg Walker

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