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58 comments on “Mervyn ‘Merv’ Pickering”

  1. Dear Gwen and family,

    Such a heartfelt service with loving memories of Merv.
    Will always remember him with his bright cheery face and seeing both of you out and about together.
    Will miss you Merv, you always made everyone feel at ease and will remember all the parties in the street.
    Rest In Peace.
    Love Virginia, Ray, Emma and family xoxo

  2. Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Pickering, we have fond memories of your family visiting our family at Yarra Glen many years ago.

  3. Neil ( John ) McIntyre 12915- says.
    Excellent presentation on the computer, it was a very sad day, 20th August.

  4. Rest well my friend. We celebrated your life today and what an amazing one it was. Gwen, my heartfelt sympathies. How lucky you both were. Kerry be strong and remember you were his girl and the love he had for you. Allan I remember how proud he was at your success.
    Remember the good times, there were many

  5. Dear Gwen and family, sorry to hear of your loss. Merv was a good boss and supported and encouraged his troops, sending many young blokes like myself off to the CI during the 70s and 80s. Best wishes and condolences
    Dave Waldron

  6. To Gwen and family. My sincere condolences for your loss. As was said in the service: Merv was larger than life and will be greatly missed by all member of the Victoria Police Force that had the fortune to meet him, as would those in the greater community that had the privilege of also knowing him. once again my condolences

  7. Susan Lia
    I bid you goodbye for now Uncle Merv .Will miss your beautiful smile and the best hugs you gave always made me feel so safe xx
    To Aunty Gwen , Allan , Kerry and their families sending all my love Susan and family xxxxxx

  8. Such a lovely send of for a very special man. Wayne and I had the fondest memories of the times we spent at the Pickering household. My love goes out to you all. Gwen, my thoughts are with you at this time. May you always be comforted by all your special memories.

  9. Dear Gwen, Kerry, Allan & Families, it is with such sadness and happiness that we joined you this afternoon to farewell Mervyn…..sadness that we could not be with you in person, but Happiness for the privilege of having known Mervyn and yourself, Gwen. We didn’t see you that often, but I have such great memories of the times that we did meet. I especially think of the times that we met when visiting Ted (before he died) and again at the later family gatherings. Never before have I been so affected by a person that I seldom saw….
    He was certainly larger than life, in so many ways., especially listening to the many tributes today.
    My thoughts go out to you when I think of the huge loss in your lives, but also the wonderful and many memories that you will have….may you be sustained by your memories and knowledge that he will be missed by many. Thanks for your preparation of sharing your memories and tributes with us. With loving thoughts

  10. (Aunty) Gwen, Kerry, Allan and all other family & Friends.
    (Uncle) Merv will always be apart of our lives.
    There are so many important and memorable moments imprinted in our memories.
    The memories of all the gatherings at Kieth Grove, Bingo nights, Xmas’s, the back fridge and all those all important Moulamien annual Fishing trips from my younger years will stay with me forever.
    Merv’s presence will be missed but will be remembered.
    So sorry we could not be there today with you.
    RIP Merv
    Stephen, Katrina, Darcy & Lilli

  11. Dear Gwen, Al and Kez and families.

    Donna and I wish to pass on our deepest condolences on the passing of this great man. We have known him and your family for over 40 yrs. He was always the person that we all looked up to and respected. A true gentleman and as Pete Dacy said a LEGEND. He always spent plenty of time talking to us youngies and giving us plenty of stories. He will be sadly missed by us. RIP MERV.

  12. A great tribute to a lovely man! Will miss your smile from across the street! Rest in peace xx Jon, Kris, Adam and Brandon xxxx

  13. Farewell Mr Pickering. Our love and thoughts are with you Mrs Pickering, Al, Kerry and families. Amongst our memories of Merv is one in particular, a very jolly wine bottling afternoon in the backyard. We will always remember his big smile, kindness and the Pickering hospitality.
    With love, Ken and Caroline Small.

  14. To Gwen and family, please accept our deepest condolences on your great loss. It is such a pity that the current restrictions prevent so many of us from attending his actual funeral. Merve was a larger than life character and a great inspiration to many junior members of Victoria Police. He was a great President of the Unanimity Club and a hard act to follow. He will be long remembered. So mote it be. be.

  15. To Gwen and family, our sincere condolences on the passing of Merv. I had the privilege of serving with him at Nunawading Crime Car Squad, he was a great bloke and a great boss. Kindest regards, Geoff and Carol Lugg

  16. Aunty Gwen, Al, Kez and families, every time I throw my tea towel over my shoulder, I think of Uncle Merv. He was more than an Uncle, he helped Darren and I every time we got in to a scrape without judgement or criticism. He would always greet us with a smile and a hug and he will be sorely missed. Big Merv and Little Merv are reunited on the riverbank talking bullshit with a beer in hand. Lots of love to all and we will see you soon.
    Barb, Ann, Darren, Grace, Emilly & Michael

  17. Dear Gwen and family
    Harry and I were very sad to hear that Merv had passed away. What a wonderful husband, father, pop and friend to many. I cherish my 15 years as a Director with Merv on Police Credit. He was a true leader and mentor to many. If there was ever a problem you could rely on Mervs experience and level head to get you through. The family I know are very proud of Mervs achievements.
    We would have liked to be with the family today to honour Mervs life but know we are thinking of you in this sad time.
    Very kind regards Chris and H x

  18. Our thoughts are with you Gwen Allan Kerry and families. Treasured memories of Keith Grove and our times together. Our love Marj Lynda Wendy Andrew and Jeffrey Cook and families

  19. I would just like to say I worked under “Big Merv” as a sergeant at Nunawading CCS for about 10 years until I suffered a severe breakdown in 1982, sadly I was unable to continue with the squad, and was retired medically unfit in 1984! I had the utmost respect and admiration for Merv. in his position as O/c. the squad and am aware of his outstanding humanitarian capacities. Merv. put up with me and I appreciate him very, very much. I could go on and on with more comments, but please excuse me as my wife and I have, during this service, been informed that our eldest grandson has been killed in a car crash in east Gippsland. Our love goes out to Gwen and the entire family. xxxx Bruce A Fisher former Sergt. 13260.

  20. Gwen & Family. A lovely service, just so sad that so few could attend. From myself & the boys from South Melbourne who I have been in contact with we thank you for the wisdom and the laughs. So Mote it Be.

  21. Dear Gwen
    It was a terrific service. Merv did make a lasting impression on everyone who knew him, and so have you. You and Merv were a terrific couple. You were lucky to have each other.
    Our little FJ group has had a great friendship over all these years and even though our numbers are decreasing, I hope we continue to meet up and continue enjoying each other’s company.
    With love
    Desma Burford.

  22. A great Uncle, will be sadly missed but leaves behind memories to cherish
    Love to Gwen, Allen, Kerry and family x

  23. Dear Gwen and all your treasured family, it was a lovely tribute to dear Merv. Many happy times spent with you both and Pat and Dick to remember with a smile.

  24. Dear Aunty Gwen, Allan, Kerry and families, we are so sorry and saddened at the loss of Uncle Merv. He will be remembered by us for his humor, laughter and stories.

    Love, Matt (Buster), Michelle and family.

  25. Boss, thank you for your total commitment for the men and women in the Force and your service in same. I thank you for your inspirational leadership and being my mentor during my time at the Nunawading CCS. Sincere condolences to all family and friends. RIP

  26. Dear Gwen, Al, Kerry & Family.

    I remember so many funny times I was fortunate enough to have spent with Mr P. Fishing, rabbiting, getting puled over by the Police because Mr P had his arm out the window. He just seemed to know everyone, wherever you went. I remember fishing with him at Westernport it was about 40 deg and on the way home he just happened to know the guy who owned the local bottle shop, went to Mornington pier and he just happened to know the Captain of a Scallop trawler, so Mrs P cooked scallops for the next 3 days down at Somers.

    I consider myself lucky to have known Mr P.

    My thoughts are with you.

    My thoughts are with you all

  27. Condolences to you Gwen and all the family. Friends for pretty much all of my life in Keith Grove and beyond. So honoured to have known Merv, a great friend and neighbour.

  28. Merv,
    Farewell dear friend.
    I’ll miss our quarterly BankVic lunches, your cheeky grin, wicked sense of humour, and love of chips.
    I’ll never forget the trust and support you showed me as the new CEO during the GFC.
    Thank you for your uncommon good sense, bad jokes, and long service to members.
    May you Rest In Peace.

    I’m sorry I cannot be with you today.
    Sincerest condolences and kind regards.


  29. Boss, thanks for your commitment to the men and women in the Force and your service in same.
    Personally I thank you for your leadership and your unquestioned loyalty to your members in the time I spent in the Nunawading Crime Cars. Sincere condolences to all family and friends. RIP

  30. To Gwen & family

    I am saddened at the passing of Merv my O/C Nunawading CCS a true gentleman.

    RIP Merv

    Pete (The Bosun) Howarth

  31. Dear Gwen, Deepest Condolences to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. RIP Merv.

  32. I fondly remember my association with Merv when we were both on the Police Association together. He was a great guy and helped me when I came on board. He was always willing and able to help. You will always be remembered. Rest in Peace

  33. Dear Gwen and family
    Thinking of you all at this sad time. Many happy and funny memories shared with Merv and yourself Gwen, over my 25 years at Police Credit! Merv was always encouraging us and supporting staff in doing their best for members! He will be sincerely missed. Deepest condolences, love Jacky Hanan

  34. Dear Mrs Pickering
    It was a pleasure to have met Mr Pickering. He truly was a gentleman every time we spoke over the telephone. I am glad I had the privileged of meeting him.

  35. Dear Gwen,
    Thinking of you and the family during this difficult time. My deepest condolences for your loss.
    Merv was a great man and always a pleasure to deal with. He will be missed.
    Please let me know if you need anything.

  36. What a wonderful impression you left with me. I can only imagine the career you led and the job you did was outstanding. I would love a chat those times I’d run into you and Gwen and I’d always catch up with Kerry how you were travelling. Merv you were a great man, a wonderful human being, Gwen was lucky to have you as a husband and Kerry, Alan and your grandchildren & great children absolutely blessed to have your leadership. Rest in peace Mate

  37. Dear Gwen
    My deepest condolences to you and your Family.
    Merv was a real gentleman and he will be sadly missed by us.
    If you need any assistance please call me

  38. Our heartfelt condolences to all the family. Rob and I were delighted to have had the pleasure of meeting Merv through the marriage of Paul and Laura. A truly beautiful family man whose joy in his family shone in his lovely smile and kind words and deeds. Shirley & Rob Allen

  39. Dear Gwen and family. Our most sincere condolences and thoughts are with you all on the passing of a truly great, generous, kind and altruistic soul. He was a great and true friend to our father Gish, mother Anna, Jasmine and Cinzia. We will not forget him and are honoured to have known him.
    Much love, Jasmine Ruffilli, and family, John O’Sullivan, Kashi & Lila.

  40. It was a heavy heart I say goodbye to Uncle Merv today. A beautiful and caring man who always greeted us with a big hug and smile. That big hug meant the world especially as a young girl in a big family. He was generous with his time, a great joke teller and a person we looked up to. Thanks Uncle Merv for being a great role model in life and I’ll always be so proud of you fine achievements in life.

    Much love to Aunty Gwen, Alan, Kerry and respective families. May your memories glow in your hearts everyday.

    Love Kristy Argus

  41. To Gwen and family – kindest wishes from Trish and Wor Bro Les Cooper (Life Member and Past President of the Police Unanimity Fidelity Club). At this sad time there are many memories of the involvement and particpation of Merv in our Club activities. We thank you for the time that the family allowed Merv to be part of our Club. Rest assured he will be mourned by many. So Mote It Be.

  42. It is so sad I never was able to catch up with Merv. He was and still is the best boss I ever had in the job. He was ruthless in his defence of his men.
    I last spike to Merv a few weeks ago in relation to a celebration of life for Kim Savige. He was sad Kimbo passed. We had a few laughs at the time. RIP old mate. As Merv used to say” Thank your mother for the chickens.”

  43. Hi Gwen and family, Noelle and I send our deepest condolences on your sad loss of a great bloke. I have many fond memories of our time together at the Police Association and the fun we had at the interstate conferences we attended together. Kindest regards and sympathy.
    Phil & Noelle Edge

  44. My funny sensitive caring and beautiful Uncle Merv. I’m so proud of everything you’ve achieved in this life, and grateful to be a niece to you and cousin to your wonderful kids. They are such a credit to you. Love you always, Vanessa, Mercy and Majella X

  45. Gwen and family
    Nervous was a true gentleman in many ways
    Our deepest sympathy to you and the family
    His memories will leave on
    Lots of love ❤️ from christine Chris Katsandonis and family

  46. I am proud to have served under Merv at the Nunawading CCS; I know that each of his teams revered him as a highly respected leader. Merv was unwavering in his support for his crews, and knew how to cultivate a tight-knit hard-working squad. He was a rare breed, a leader of men.

    I hope he is at peace. Please accept my deepest condolences, for the loss of such a great man.

  47. Dear Gwen,
    What a wonderful man whom had a full and wonderful life. That cheeky grin is etched into our childhood memories. Uncle Merv touched all those who came into contact with him. ‘Forever in our hearts’ .

  48. Dear Gwen, Kerry, Allan and families.
    Our deepest condolences especially to you Gwen on Merv’s passing. We will never forget the many times we shared travelling the world on co-op business and our ‘private’ dinners and pokie adventures. I have nothing but admiration for you Merv and your ability to identify situations and propose solutions both in private life and in your long professional careers in Victoria Police, the Police Association, Legacy and the police credit union organisations at State and National and International levels.
    Merv, you have done more than your bit for family, society and your professions for many years and you can now rest in peace forever.

  49. merv Ilook back on the help you gave me at the knox club &chateau wyuna and many more times will miss your cheeky grin rest in peace bill jones

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