Mervyn Phillips passed away on Friday 15th May at Cedar Lawn nursing home. He had been diagnosed with Covid 19 the week before initially showing mild symptoms. Unfortunately the symptoms worsened early last week and he died Friday afternoon. He was a dear, kind man who often talked about his time at Eastleigh Lions and the lovely friends he made.
Mervyn became president of the Eastleigh Lions after five years as a member, taking over from retiring president Louis Ball in a year the club raised over £3000 for charity. After serving 17 years on the board of directors Mervyn was awarded the Lions International’s top honour, the Melvin Jones Fellowship for his work in the community and worldwide. At this stage Mervyn had been a member of the Eastleigh Lions for almost 20 years and secretary for eight years.
During his presidency Mervyn was instrumental in presenting disabled athlete Robert Tee with a specially adapted wheelchair funded by the Lions, enabling him to take part in the Olympics in the USA.
One of his great achievements was that he started and maintained Lions annual BBQ at Mellor House at Bishopstoke for many years. The Lions all arrived with the full works including portable BBQ’s and food and treated the residents to a hearty meal.
Mervyn’s funeral will be held at Test Valley Crematorium, Romsey. It will be family flowers only but if anyone wants to do something in memory of Mervyn, donations to Naomi House will be gratefully received.