Mervyn Ryder

20th March 1950 - 16th February 2021
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J Fraser and Sons
Cnr Esk and Doon St
19 February 2021, 2:00PM

 Ryder Mervyn – “Merv from Makarewa” Peacefully at home in the arms of his dearly loved best friend and wife Karen on February 16 2021 Father of Craig, Tony and Melissa Much loved and respected Step Dad of Adam, Katherine and Callum Devoted and loved Grandad of Samantha, Brylee, Kaelin, Mila and Sadie Loved brother and brother-in-law of Colin & Diane, Stuart & Julia, Kevin & Karen, Kevin, Val & Johnson Much loved Uncle of all his nieces and nephews Special friend of Dianne & Grant, Pete & Lyn, Julie & Garry Special thanks to all the doctors and nurses at Southland and Dunedin hospitals, Stoma and Pain nurses and the specialist team at Southland Hospice for your care Merv will be at home until his funeral on Friday 19th 2pm at J Frasers & Sons Chapel, Cnr Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill. Casual dress at Merv’s request. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice Southland would be appreciated.Messages may be left on Merv’s tribute page at where a live-stream of his service will also be available. 


A very special man who lit up the room whenever he entered. Always there to support and encourage. Such a wonderful man ,gone, but never forgotten. Rest In Peace our friend . Theresa & Al
Theresa & Al , Paraparaumu
You will never be forgotten Merv, you lived an amazing life and shared those last years with an amazing woman you so adored,your unconditional love for her was amazing. We are ever grateful to have had the pleasure to have ever known you. Karens family and friends will care for her until you come together again.Go in peace, till we all meet again.
Marcia and Tony
Marcia , Invercargill
Uncle Merv - we didnt catch up often but when we did see you there was always a massive smile.
We have fond memories and a lot of laughs.
You wont be forgotten.

Always a love for you

Russ , Lea-Ann and Janice.
Russell Ryder, Christchurch
We only knew you for 7 years Mervyn but it was like you were a life long friend. We had a lot of fun times when we got together. Our road trips were full of antics and laughter. Very special memories. The four of us. You'll always be remembered for being carefree, caring and jovial.
Until we meet again rest in peace dear mate. You'll never be forgotten.
Heartfelt sympathy to my best friend Karen and to all Mervyns family.
Julie and Garry
Julie and Garry Boulton, Pimpama, Qld, Australia
My family extends to you our deepest sympathies. His infectious smile and sense of mischievous will be missed.
Thinking of you all
Alison, Donna & Nicole (Jenkins), Invercargill
Merv I have known you for 30yrs, it was a honour and privilege to call you my friend, you were family to me. You were a fantastic grandfather to Samantha and I thank you, you were always there for her and a friend to me. We have had some great conversations and laughs over the years, i remember when you told me to grown up, to which you were right, and I did. You say what you mean, you don’t always say what you feel for your loved ones but we knew. You lived a good life and the last the better with Karen, you two traveled and built your home, loved your animals and kids, you were a child at heart. Today is hard to say good bye, we will be wearing our gumboots in honour of who you were, A top man, thank you for being you. RIP x
Diane McCarthy, Christchurch