Dennis Maurice Williams

26th September 1950 - 8th September 2021
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Due to Covid restrictions the funeral will be privately attended.
A live stream of the service will be available by clicking on 'Open Livestream' button below.
14 September 2021, 1:30PM

Williams Dennis Maurice on September 8 2021, as the result of an accident - doing what he loved. Aged 70 years. Dearly loved father and father in law of Carla, Dion and Elly, Kerry. Loving Poppa of Kaiporohu, Mauriora, Manawa, Amy and Coen. Husband for 46 years of Diane. Loved brother and brother in law of Ron and Pam, Ian* and Joan. ‘Ride Free’ Due to Covid restrictions Dennis service will be privately attended. His service will be available via live steam at on Tuesday 14th 2021 commencing at 1.30pm. Flowers respectfully declined. Messages to 43 Mitchell St Invercargill. You are also welcome to leave a personal memory or message on his tribute page at *denotes deceased 


Miss you already champ, ride free up there with dad
Donnie B, Sydney
Saddened to read of your passing Dennis. Really enjoyed our chats when you came into my workplace about the good old days.
Rest In Peace mate.
Jamie Fletcher, Invercargill
Thankyou for your friendship over the last 17 years and introducing me and later Mark to Southland Badminton Masters and Vets. A wonderful group of people. You especially always made us feel welcome. You will be very missed my friend.
Robin and Mark Smart
Robin, Oamaru
Denny was a great leader and organiser when we went to South Island Masters Badminton tournaments at Queens Birthday weekend to either Christchurch or Timaru. He went above and beyond his duties as Southland Masters club captain to ensure we all had a great weekend and great games.
I remember him fondly of many past social experiences he organised for many of his friends. RIP Den.
Our sincere sympathy to his family- Ann and Vince Conaghan.
Ann Conaghan, Invercargill
On behalf of the IWMC Golf section we wish to send our love and throughs to Dennis's family. He wasnt only on our committee but was also a friend to many on and off the committee, he true was a great man. He will be sadly missed. Here is a wee story

Last year we played our once a month trip to bluff golf course. Dennis was so hang over that he could barely keep his eyes open on the bus, in not so great form he won that day over all and won the whizzos jacket which we play for, each that month.
Club captain Sharon Cronin, Invercargill
Diane and Families,we are thinking of you at this sad time of the passing of Dennis. He was amazing support to us in Arrowtown Holiday Park,which we will never forget.
Faye Gibb, Invercargill
Thinking of you all at this sad time.
Regards Jane and Jimmy
Jane , Invercargill
Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time, Deepest sympathy,from David and Wendy Graham
David Graham, Invercargill
Your cheery smile will be missed. Dennis.
Gary & Rhona Millar, Invercargill
Loved our chats Dennis. A couple of weeks ago we were chatting about Covid and the vaccine. You said you had gone and got yours and had no issues. I said I was nervous as I have a bad needle phobia. You patted me on the back and said “you’ll be right girl.” Well Dennis I did it. Rest easy xx
Raechel Hunt, Invercargill
Great memories of biking days. R. I. P. Dennis
Colleen and Graham. Riverton.
Colleen Heal, Riverton
The girls at St John Ambulance in Tay Street would like to pass on our condolences on your loss. Dennis was always up for an extra long yarn when he came in and we had many laughs with him over the years. We were already missing him with the sale of his business and now to think we won't bump into him, even at the Workies - is so very sad. Much love, Tracy & Nicki
Tracy Kilkelly, Invercargill
Diane and family,
Heart felt condolences on the passing of Dennis. Will miss playing with and against him at masters events and a yarn afterwards. He will be greatly missed. Dave Mitchell, Otago Masters.
Dave Mitchell, Mosgiel
It was the saddest of news to hear of your passing. Your passion for and commitment to The Southland Masters Badminton Club was a significant factor in shaping the club, that the membership so enjoys. Our trips away were always memorable and you were a big part of these. I will miss seeing your cherry face at club night and especially miss the banter you and I shared.
Rest in Peace my good friend.
Steve and Linn McCartney, Invercargill
Condolences and lots of love to Diane and the family. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. We had lots of happy times and memories over many, many years. I'm sure you, Peter and Murray are having a good old yarn and a laugh together now that you have joined the 'ghost riders in the sky' gang.
Sherryl, Raeoni, Janette and boys
Sherryl, Shellharbour
Will always remember the good fun times with you Den and Di in the ZZ Car Club. We all got up to a bit of mischief didn't we. Big hugs to Di and family. Ride Free Den.
Wendy and Roger Pulley , Waikouaiti
Was sad to hear of Dennis passing.
Had many dealings work related with Building Warrant of fitness role and personal when my daughterwas in badminton scene .
Sending thoughts at this time
Donna at ICC
Donna Kawe, Invercargill
Well Dennis it is a sad day for our family. You are a brother from another mother. We will have many memories of all the holidays we shared with you in Invercargill and mostly Frankton. Although we knew you were our cousin it felt like you were just a member of our own close family.
No matter how long it was between meetings it was always the same. Farewell
Michele, Nelson
Diane & family, we were devastated at the loss of a good friend and mentor, who had provided 'adjustment' during my days at Tiwai and a warm greeting with every encounter beyond. Our most heartfelt condolences
Brian & Barbara Chisholm, Queenstown
Your welcoming smile and cheerful continence will be sadly missed.
Badminton brought us together and a love of cars and bikes cemented our friendship. (Not to mention a cold beer after a big day on court)
I consider it an honour to be counted amongst your friends.
Rest easy.
Paul McCauley, Alexandra
I met Dennis and Diane through my parents Barry and Geraldine Ryan who were also members of the Southland ZZ club. Dennis was always friendly, on for a yarn and had a smile on his face.
I remember him coming into reception at the Invercargill Fire Station where I was waiting to go into a job interview for an ambulance officer position years ago. I was in uniform and told Dennis how nervous I was, he grinned at me and said "you've got this, you will do well, and you certainly look the part" and wished me all the best. I couldn't wait to tell him that I did get the job the next time I ran into him. Rest easy Dennis.

Katrina Andrew, Manapouri
Thinking of you all at this sad time.
RIP Dennis xx
Janelle & Shane
Janelle Cooper, Brisbane
What a shock Den 😞
Condolences to your family - we will miss your yarns and hope you knew how much we appreciated your help with the fire alarm testing - traffic counting etc over the years - was a lovely service today - ACI watched livestream in the office and had a drink to you 🥃 ❤️
John and Jude (Alarm Centre Installation), Invercargill
Dennis was a very good loyal mate and friend at the Invercargill Working Men's Club.
He will be sorely missed by myself and his other good mates at the Club.
Dennis was also a very active member of the IWMC committee during several years.
BILL BURN, Invercargill
So very saddened to hear of Dennis's passing. I only knew Dennis for the last 4 years and intermittently caught up for a yarn and a joke. I'll truly miss those catch ups. My thought's and those of my wife Nic are with the family. Rest in peace Dennis.
Pete Driver, Invercargill
Shocked to hear of Dennys passing. My deepest sympathy to all the family. So sad I was unable to attend the service, but be assured Dennis will be remembered by many and his contribution to àny organization he belonged to was immense. Kind regards, Alister Thomson
Alister Thomson , Invercargill
It is with a heavy heart that I write this tribute... I was shocked to find out yesterday that one of ours (Soutland Masters Badminton) was taken tragically. Even though I no longer reside in Southland, my heart still has strong ties to this beautiful part of our country. And Denny was one of those I got to know in the 16 years we lived there. He was a great mate. I have such fond memories of a guy who loved life and loved badminton so so passionately. For many of our tournaments I was honored and privileged to partner him in mixed doubles. He was so good to me and was such an encouragement. He often esteemed me in front of our team particularly on those tough games where we didn't always win. But Denny always made you feel like you were a winner anyway. Denny, many will miss you but know this my friend... although you may be gone from this earth no one can take you from our hearts. My sincere condolences to his children and wider family and friends. 😢💔. Soutland Masters Badminton has lost one of its greats.

Jackie, Havelock North
Di and family- thinking of you all at this sad time
Lots of great memories of times spent together
Wayne & Linda Shieffelbein
Linda Shieffelbein , Invercargill
Haere rā e Dennis. Hoki hanatu rā ki kā mātua tīpuna e tatari ana mōu. Wheturakitia e te matua. Thanks for being such a wonderful mate and whanauka to our whānau whānui. We'll miss you and we'll look after the kids. E au te moe. Take care of him, Dad.
James B, Auckland
Dennis, you were a great friend to Mike and I. Very helpful and enjoyed the laughter and drinks especially the jokes we shared on messenger, miss them very much. You will be remembered in our hearts. Mike Heywood & Ann Gardyne
Ann Gardyne, Invercargill