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“Nick” Nicholas Called to Higher Service

It is with great sadness that we share the news that one of our past members and valued true friend has been called to Higher Service. Malcolm “Nick” Nicholas was a true gentleman and friend. He will be remembered fondly by the regulars at The Golden Hours market where he ran our stall for us – especially when we ourselves could not. His life was an inspiration and his memory a benediction, Nick was and always will be a Lion, dedicated to the service of others.

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Lion Keith Wilson Called to Higher Service

Lion Keith Wilson passed away in the late hours of Monday 5 November, after a long and brave battle with cancer.

Lion Keith served his community as a Lion for 17 years, first with the Morningside Lions Club and then with the North Durban Lions Club. He served his fellow Lions in a number of positions, including Club Secretary, Club Treasurer, Club President and Zone Chair, and he served those in need with selfless dedication in many more ways than can be named. He was willing to help wherever he was needed and will be remembered by his friends and fellow Lions as being a real character and true friend.

Lion Keith will be missed by all who knew him – there is a large gap in the North Durban Lions club and in our members’ hearts.

Lion Keith Wilson

Lion Keith Wilson

Messages of Condolence

The club has received a number of messages of condolence on the calling to Higher Service of Lion Keith:

From LP Sundru Pillay of the East Coast Lions Club:

Dear Lion Kim

Please pass our sympathy to the family and our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.


From LP Vanessa Wilesmith and the Durban South Lions Club:

So sad at the passing of our fellow Lion and friend Keith Wilson. All Gold tomato sauce will always remind us of you (hope they don’t go out of business now). I’m going to miss your impromptu visits to my work and your good barman skills at North Durban Lions.

Love and miss you
the Durban South members


From Lion Roy Bester:

It was a privilege knowing you Keith and you are going to leave a big gap in a lot of lives. RIP


From PDG Denis Meyer:

Our sincere condolences to the family, friends and Lions of North Durban regarding the passing of Lion Keith Wilson. Keith was a lovely person and a great Lion. His legacy will live on in the extraordinary Lions Club that he was so much a part of for so many years. RIP dear friend – until we meet again……


From PDG Rob Fowler:
Sorry to hear about the passing of your Lion Keith. It is never pleasant. Stay well all of you.


From DC Shirleen Ward:
My condolences to Lion Keith’s family and to the North Durban family.


From ZC Peter Hyde and the Howick/Umgeni Lions Club:
Condolences to Lion Keith’s family, and to North Durban, from Howick/Umgeni Lions, you are in our prayers.


From Lion Miranda Fennell and the Westville Lions Club:
Condolences and prayers to Keith’s family and all the members at North Durban club from all at the Westville club.


From LP Sandy Beykirch and the Cowies Hill Lions Club:
Thoughts and prayers to Keith’s family and North Durban Lions at this sad time. Cowies Hill Lions.


From LP Les Waring and the Hilton Lions Club:
Thoughts and prayers are with you from the Hilton Lions.


From LP Nicky Charlton and the Kokstad Lions Club:
Condolences and prayers to Keith’s family and all the members at North Durban club from all at the Kokstad Club.


From LP Alice Walker and the Eshowe Lions Club:

Dear LP Kim,

Thank you for your email re: Lion Keith’s funeral arrangements, unfortunately we will not be able to attend. Would you kindly pass on our deepest sympathies to the family, on behalf of all the members of The Lions Club of Eshowe.

Yours in Lionism,

LP Alice Walker


From Council Chairman Paul Brauteseth and the Shelly Beach Lions Club:

Condolences to North Durban Lions and Keiths family. Bless you all and may Keith rest in peace. Take care. Shelly Beach Lions Club.


From Partner in Service Brenda Meyer:

When they made Keith, they threw away the mould. He did not have a mean bone in his body and was lovely to everyone who he came in contact with. RIP Keith.


From Lion Gary Streek:

Dear Lion President Kim

My sincere condolences to the North Durban Lions Club and to Keith’s family.

Unfortunately I am unable to make the celebration of his life but my thoughts will be with you all.

Kind Regards



From PDG Stan Foley:

Lion Keith was a fantastic Lion and person, I have fond memories of our Mid Years at Harrismith when Mr. Ping and Mr. Wilson would load ice and beer in my basin so that I could not shave and what about the fire he started at the restaurant at Virginia Airport at an induction dinner. He always had a smile and a chuckle. He will be missed.


From LP Jean Masson and the Port Shepstone Lions Club:

Lion President Jean Masson and all the members of the Port Shepstone Lions Club wish to convey their condolences to the family of Lion Keith Wilson and to all the members of the North Durban Lions Club in the passing of Lion Keith Wilson. Our thoughts and prayers  will be with Lion Keith’s family and the North Durban Lions Club during these difficult times.

Yours in Lions

Dale Mc Garry
Secretary Port Shepstone Lions Club


From Lion Karin Preston:

My eyes cry , my mouth smile , he had such a sense of humor.

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Lion Mike Erskine Called to Higher Service

Lion Mike Erskine passed away suddenly on the morning of Saturday 2 July. He was a dedicated and stalwart member of the North Durban Lions Club, who will be deeply and sorely missed.

The club holds his wife Lion Kay and her family in their thoughts and prayers.

Rest in peace Mike – we will always remember your kind heart and giving spirit.

Lion Mike Erskine and Lion Kay Erskine

Lions Mike and Kay Erskine

Messages of Condolence

The club has received several messages of condolence for Lion Kay, her family and the club as a whole:

From the Durban South Lions Club:

Our sympathies and condolences to Lion Kay and her family. Lion Mike was a wonderful man who will be missed.

The members of the Durban South Lions Club


From the Welkom Lions Club:

Dear Denis

Please convey our sincere condolences to the family of Lion Mike.

Sharon Beeton
o.b.o. Lions Welkom


From PDG Denis Meyer:

Dear LP Kim

Please can you pass on our deepest condolences to Lion Kay, their family and the Lions of North Durban. Lion Mike was a true colleague and gentleman and I had great respect for him. His legacy of service and friendship will live on in your Club and amongst your members. He will be sorely missed.

“Here’s to the tears of affection – may they crystalise as they fall and become pearls, that in the after years we’ll wear in memory of those whom we have loved”

With our very best regards

Denis & Chantell


From the Sinakekele Children’s Home:

Hi Denise

I heard that Mike had passed away.

Please pass our condolences to Lions and to his family – From Sinakekele.



From DG Stuart Charlton:

Dear LP Kim,

Unfortunately I will still be attending the International Convention in Seattle. Lion Mike was an outstanding Lion and will be sorely missed. Please tender my apologies, and sincere condolences to Lion Kay and the family.

It is at times like this that Lions stand together as family and the support rendered by the Lions of North Durban is greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Stuart Charlton

District Governor

District 410C

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