MERV JOHNSTON - 1947 - 2017
It is with great sadness that we pay tribute to Merv Johnston, District Grand Master of the Kapiti-Wellington District who passed away on Tuesday 22 November at the Lodge Rooms in Levin.
Merv Left school at 15 years of age to work in the wool manufacturing industry and at 17 years joined the British Army (1st Battalion Irish Guards). He met his wife, Denise, in London while she was on a working holiday and later married in London and arrived in New Zealand in 1971.
Merv and Denise have 2 sons Nicholas and David.
Merv was employed in recent years by a multinational Irish Dairy corporate as part of the Australasia team working from a home office, and has worked 33 years in various roles and parts within the NZ meat industry as a Senior Key Account Manager.
Merv was initiated into Lodge Tawera o Kapiti 253 17th June 1997 and still remains a member of that lodge today.
Moved to Levin 2004 for a rural lifestyle and joined Lodge Horowhenua 464 the same year. Master of the United Horowhenua lodge for 2 years 2009-2011.
United Horowhenua Masonic Hall Company Chair for 2 years 2012-2014 and still active until the day he passed. He was a Committee Member of the Frank Bryce Charitable trust.
Member was also a member of Horowhenua Royal Arch Chapter No 63; Member of Monckton Chapter Rose Croix No 315 and MWS of the chapter 2009-2011.
Most of us will remember Merv for his friendly and engaging personality. Merv was always the perfect gentleman; always respectful of those around him; never a bad word to say about anyone. Merv truly 'lived' the masonic principles we all profess to admire.
When Merv and I became Grand Stewards in 2013 we had never met. Over the 3 years that followed we became good friends and shared many a laugh over a good whisky. History will remember Merv kindly for his courteous, gentlemanly personality.
Rest now Merv, your work here is done - your legacy is a great District in excellent 'health' and a 'plan' that your hands have shaped to take our District into the future.
Click here to read the tribute posted to Merv by Divisional Grand Master, Jim Watt.