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Mervyn James (Merv)

Thursday, 16 May 1946



Thursday, 11 May 2023

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Mervyn James Nelson (“Merv”) on Thursday, May 11, 2023. Beloved husband to Tijani; cherished father and father-in-law to Anthony and Casey, Christie, and Clayton, and doting grandfather to Cyrah, Milān, Simone, Evelyn, and Lewis. Merv’s memory lives on through his loved ones.

Merv was a brother and brother-in-law to Sheryl, and the late Bronwyn and John Evans. Merv will also be dearly missed by Joanna, Hemi, Ana and Fernalynn.

In accordance with Merv’s wishes, a private family service has been held. Condolences may be directed to Distinct Funerals at 69 Bond Street, Invercargill, or can be left on Merv's tribute page.

As we mourn Merv’s departure, we remember his warmth, wisdom, and enduring spirit. His legacy remains a beacon in our lives.

Rest in peace, Mervyn James Nelson. Your light continues to guide us.

Please find a link to the livestream below



RIP Merv. Rick J McLaren

Rick J McLaren


Deepest sympathy to Tijani, Ants, Casey, Evelyn & Lewis for the passing of your Husband, Father & Poppa. Thinking of you guys in this time xx God Bless you all

Bon, Audrey & Family


To Honey and Merv’s family, so sorry to read of your loss of such a great man, thoughts with you all -

Wendy Anderson


So sorry to read about the passing of Mervyn.As a family we have fond memories of our younger days when we all got together with our cousins for picnics at the river, and get together at Xmas..It’s always very sad when another of our family pass away.Our deepest sympathy to you all. Mervyn will be sadly missed.Rest In Peace
Nelson Sisters Judith,Joy,Glenda ,Barbara

Judith Fanning.


you were a good friend. at alliance cleaning crew when we were both there will miss your wise council at any time we met rest in the spirt of gods peace and love
MY preys and thoughts are with you and your family Tijani at this sad time

peter williams peterstewartwilliams@hotmail,com


I express my deepest sympathy to Tijani and family, I new Merv through Ocean Beach Freezing works and Alliance


Merv I have many fond memories from my childhood of staying with your family ... Merv your Hughes family loved & respected you ... Merv you will be deeply missed from your family & extended families.. Merv we are so pleased we got to spend some time with you recently. You will be with Hazel, wee Merv, Bonnie and John having a good catch up and looking down of your loving family who miss you so very much. Rest easy Merv .. kind regards and much love from ...

Marie & Denis Knight Gore


Our heartfelt sympathy to you all, Pat has great memories of spending time with Merv over the year , and so enjoyed their talks. We will come and visit you Tijani, so very sorry to hear this. Our deepest sympathy to you all , Anne & Pat xx

Pat & Anne Larmer

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