Born of Icelandic and Irish parents in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Merv had BSA and BA degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He was a WWII Veteran, member of the Royal Canadian Legion and Kindersley Masonic Lodge. He married Elaine in 1946 and operated the family farm at Beadle. He was a member of Parliament for the Kindersley Riding in 1953 and 1957. He and Elaine resided in London, England from 1977 to 1983 when he was Agent General for Saskatchewan for the UK and Europe. After retiring to Victoria, Merv enjoyed golfing at Uplands, soapstone carving and being a member of the Saanich Probus Club.

Predeceased by his wife Elaine on July 14, 2014, Merv is survived by his 4 children, Merlayna, Morley (Deb), Gordon (Sheila) and Janice (Will), 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren as well as his sister Betty.

No service by request. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Ron & Carey Howie

    My memories of Merv are of a wonderful man. He was always a pleasure to be with and I had a great respect for him as did many others. He gave a lot of his time in serving the public. He and Elaine were a great example of being great parents. I had a lot of enjoyable times with Merv as being good friends of Morley and Gordon allowed time to fish and golf with him. He certainly will be missed and I hope the family can reflect with happiness on a long life well lived. Our sincere sympathy.

  • Diane Lee

    Dad introduced me to Merv a few years ago when I would join them for breakfast @ Berwick – a true gentleman. Dad met Merv many years ago & he was very happy when they reconnected at Berwick.
    Our sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time.

    Irvine Hare & family.

  • Lorraine Longmire Pommen

    Merv was a fine, fine person. I have such fond memories of “hanging ” around the family farm in Saskatchewan when I was a kid. Elaine and Merv were a special couple and highly regarded in the community. A class act through and through!

  • Marge Macdonald

    To the family of Merv, I want to send you my deepest sympathy.
    He will be missed here at Berwick House.
    He was a true gentleman.

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