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Neil John

Saturday, 15 October 1955



Friday, 30 April 2021

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts, Raewyn, Olivia, Mitchell, and Hadley advise the passing of their much-loved husband and father Neil on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Loved son of Norma* and John*, treasured brother and brother-in-law of Jayne and David White, and David Auld.

Much loved Uncle to Marcus White, Mariska and Steve Bruce, Melinda and Mark, Hayley and Jeremy Auld
A celebration of Neil's life will be held at 10.30 am, Thursday 6th May at Stadium Southland, followed by interment at the Eastern Cemetery.

Neil's service will be live-streamed at

Messages to 88 Chelmsford st.

Please find a link to the livestream below


RIP Neil.Fond sporting and racing times.



So very sorry to hear of Neil’s sudden passing.
My thoughts are with you Raewyn and your family.

Fiona Stirling ( nee McGregor )


Raewyn and family, I wish to express my heartfelt regret to you all in respect to Neil's passing. He was a friend of mine, whom I ran against and enjoyed the pleasure of doing so. Many happy memories in Pebbley Hill etc. I wish to express my sincere regret at Neil's passing. It has created many memories of early times and what was a good friend. Kindest regards. Paul Perniskie

Paul Perniskie


Neil, where do I start, from the time you shouted heaps of chardonnay for Mitch hitting a 100 in Nelson, what an awesome bloke, too many years later where you and Mitch would challenge myself and Greg to many rounds of golf which we loved and shared many beers after every round. I remember one round where you and Mitch were playing in a tournament and my drive went right and you two were coming up the other fairway and who is this lining up to play my ball as Mitch is yelling to you dad that isn't your ball, we all laughed. I am going to miss those games mate and memories. You would always say hello, ask how things are going, all the small things that mattered. A genuine nice bloke. Just always so generous and a cracking human. You raised an awesome family. Fly high up there mate, you will be missed, thanks for the great memories.

Brayden Lindsay


Very to hear of Neil's sudden passing. Our sympathy and caring thoughts are with you all.

Eric & Liz Murdoch


Thinking of you all at this time
Leigh & Peter Brookland

Leigh Brookland


Very sorry to hear of the passing of Neil our thoughts are with you Raewyn, Olivia, Mitchell & Hadley.
Pania McVay-Stewart, Barry Stewart, Mac & Hunter
Havelock North

Pania McVay-Stewart


Neil van Schaik
In 1975 our band Prediction played only our fifth ever gig, it was at Neil’s 20th birthday, we were introduced to the entire van Schaik family that night and remained friends with Neil and his family ever since, we feel the loss you are all feeling and we will miss him, back then in 1975 we were just 16 & 17 years old, so it has been a long friendship, farewell dear friend, Neil & Peter Chilton.

Peter Chilton


I was so sad to hear of the passing of Neil. My thoughts are with you Raewyn and your family, also Jayne and David and your family

Jan Pickering, Winton


Dearest Raewyn, Olivia,Mitchell, Hadley and family.
Sending you all so much love.

Gail Orr and Eileen Hay


My deepest condolences to whanau on the passing of Neil. Have the fondness memories of him at Girls High netball games, cheering on Olivier, Reneé and girls. May he RIP
Kind Regards
Barbara Palmer

Barbara Palmer


Our Deepest Sympathy to Raewyn and Family for the unexpected loss of Neil our thoughts are with you.

Wayne and Janice Belesky


Absolutely devastated to hear of Neil's passing. My deepest sympathies and love to Raewyn, Olivia, Mitchell, Hadley & their partners. Neil was a wonderful man and I will always appreciate the support the van Schaik family gave me when I lived in Southland. An incredible man and an incredible family, Neil had an awesome sense of humour and zest for life, my love and thoughts are with you all, Louise Sandford

Louise Sandford


Sorry to hear of Neil's sudden passing. My thoughts are with you Raewyn & your family at this time.

Lynn Slobbe (nee Millow)


My deepest condolences to Raewyn and family during this extremely hard time. A lovely man gone to soon.

Kym Howley

Kym Howley


My sympathy to Raewyn and family for the tragic loss of Neil. A genuinely nice guy. Not so nice as to let me beat him in the 800m at Surrey Park though! As consolation, I was at least able to beat him in the 1500m. These are very treasured memories from my teenage years as we regularly did battle at Surrey Park. Thank you Neil.

Keith Knarston, Remuera, Auckland.


Such a privilege to have dealt with Neil while buying and selling our property in Chelmsford St. He was such a lovely man and sincere condolences to Raewyn and family.

Stella Fallow


So very sad to hear of Neils passing, our love and thoughts are with you Raewyn, and your family ❤️❤️❤️

Debbie and Brian Mcewan


Neil had become a friend of myself and my wife when, like many others, we contacted him to be our Real Estate agent when we moved to Invercargill. As he was a postage stamp collector, we saved our foreign stamps as they arrived and kept them for Neil. He would occasionally call by for a chat and a cuppa, at the same time picking up his stamps. We were proud that he considered us as friends during the last twenty or so years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they mourn the loss of Neil.

Tony and Pauline Watson.

Tony and Pauline Watson

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