Max Lewis Mancer

21 Dec 1939 - 05 Oct 2021

Max Lewis Mancer

21 Dec 1939 - 05 Oct 2021

Peacefully at Te Rangimarie Hospice on Tuesday 5 October 2021 in his 82 nd year. Dearly loved and treasured husband of Margaret for 61 years. Adored father and father-in-law of Steve and Mary Anne, Russell and Tania, Kevin and Nicole, and Ali and Damian. Cherished Poppa of Scott and Todd, Emma and Sophie, Jayden, Riley and Jacey. A man with a massive heart who will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Hospice Taranaki( TSB Bank   15 3948 0365008 080 ) .

Messages to the Mancer Family may be left on Max’s tribute page at

A service to celebrate Max’s life will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Saturday 9 October 2021 at 10.30am. Followed by a private cremation.

For those unable to attend, Max’s service will be live streamed via his tribute page.


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Eternal rest grant unto you sir. Our deepest sympathy to Your family 🇸🇽🇸🇦

Francisco~Cabuenos Family ( 14 Oct 2021 )

While we couldn't be there with you today we were very much there with you in spirit. The service was beautiful and I'm glad we could see this farewell. Love to you all, especially Aunty Margaret, Stephen, Russell, Kevin, and last but definitely not least Ali, plus all your extended family.

Robyn Turner ( 09 Oct 2021 )

Thank you for livestreaming the service for Max. It was great being able to be a silent participant way down in Christchurch. What a great tribute to a lovely man.
I have sent a message to Margaret but to Cliff and Bruce, Steven, Russell, Kevin , Ali and your families my sincerest condolences to you. Max was truely fortunate to have such a family.
Kind regards
Coral Brander ( nee Knight)

Coral Brander ( 09 Oct 2021 )

Rest in peace Uncle Max
Sorry we couldn't be there in person.
Love to Aunty Margaret - our thoughts are with you and all the family at this time.

Paul & Gaylene (Taupo) ( 09 Oct 2021 )

Would liked to have been there but was honoured to watch Max’s service online. what a great tribute to him with such a loving family.
Max my memories of you as a little girl were of a lovely, smiling and kind man. You never changed through the years and whenever we saw you, you always showed great interest in my own family. This is such a sad time to say goodbye to a wonderful man. My very deepest sympathies to all the family.

Shelley Knyn (née Knight) ( 09 Oct 2021 )

Great memories of Max. I have watched Max’s progress through life from an infant to the successful man he was. He gained the respect of many people, a caring and lovely man.
Max, you will be sadly missed by Margaret, family and friends, and I will cherish the memories of our early days at Mangorei and Marton.

Trevor Knight ( 09 Oct 2021 )

Dear Uncle Max
It is so sad to hear you have now gone, at least you will no longer feel the pain. As a child i was never to sure of your sense of humour but i could see your kind heart. When describing you i always thought you were just like Dad but younger. i felt you always gave some time to us kids even though we were much younger than the others. You will be missed. I will think of you often as we named our dog Max. Love Rose

Rose Battersby née Mancer ( 09 Oct 2021 )

A top brother in law, one of the"boys", a true family man who liked to tell many jokes. Fond memories of our times together over many years. Max, you will never be forgotten. Colin and Sue

Colin Douglas & Suzanne Wadsworth ( 09 Oct 2021 )

So very sorry to see where Max has passed away, condolescens to all the family. Another good man gone. regards from Pat and Raewyn Bishop

Patric ( 09 Oct 2021 )

Dear Max,

The definition of the best father-in-law is YOU. You were interested in our lives but not intrusive. You were gentle, loving, sincere and a kind-hearted person with a touch of subtle cheekiness. I will miss seeing you pour not one, but four teaspoonfuls of sugar in your coffee, drinking Double Brown at beer o'clock time, your poker face while dishing out witty one-liners, your funny comments on people walking by, your unbelievable elephant-like memory, but most of all, we will miss YOU being around. You were one of a kind and the best Max I will ever know.

Until the end, you remained unassuming and selfless - slipping quietly without a fuss and thinking only of what is easy for your loved ones. Although you have moved on to your next journey, we will keep you and your memories in our hearts. I'm so blessed to have known you.

"For everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven... a time to be born, and a time to die... a time to weep, and a time to laugh... a time to mourn and a time to dance"

I honor you, Max, Rest peacefully.

Love always,
Mary Anne x

Mary Anne Mancer ( 09 Oct 2021 )


When I hugged you on Sunday and you kissed me on the cheek, I knew the end was close. It is a memory I will treasure for the rest of my life.
You worked hard all your life, a work ethic that is instilled in all us kids, and you did not deserve to suffer with ill health over your later years. It was heartbreaking to watch, feeling so helpless and knowing you were suffering. But you were a tough bugger, and you fought and fought and fought, until there was nothing left.
A mighty kauri has fallen. You are now pain free and in peace.
Dad, you have laid your last block, rest in peace, you have bloody well earnt it.
Today we say goodbye, but you will never be fogotten.

Love always Russ xxx

Russell Mancer ( 09 Oct 2021 )

⁣⁣To my brother, Max.
Our Dad would often say this poem, and you have followed it to a tee.
"I like a man who is a man
A man who's straight and fair
The sort of man, you welcome can
And in all, he does his share"

Furthermore, you loved your family and gave them everything you possible could.
You were loyal to your friends
You expected only good from people
You wanted only the best from your work.
I could go on and on.
Let's just say, I am proud to be your brother.

Ellen and I, and our family, send our deepest sympathy and love to Margaret, Steve, Russell, Kevin, Alison and all your families.

The following have asked us to share with you their love and sympathies:
Glenys and Arthur Tyler
Michelle Edlin
Robin and Brian James
Linda and Joe Knight
Carol and Denis Boucher
Mary-Anne Eades
Peter Jenkins
Michele Malone
Colleen Ormsby
Julie Ormsby-Herbert
Yvonne Bancroft
Marlene and Nelson Cook

Cliff Mancer ( 08 Oct 2021 )

Dear Margaret and family
Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Lots of happy memomories, Max was a very good friend and will be sadly missed.
Love Anne Steve Julie Brian

Anne Mitchell ( 08 Oct 2021 )

Rest in Peace Max. It has been a pleasure to have met you when we moved into our village. Our condolences to Margaret and family. Kevin & Lyn Neale.

Kevin & Lyn Neale ( 08 Oct 2021 )

Poppa Max,
I am so sorry I cannot be there to say goodbye,
I wish I could hug you one last time and get one of those slobbery kisses.
I will never forget your sense of humour or your love of pranks.
The image of you sitting in your shed, your chair - watching Bayly Road go by will never be forgotten.
I am your first Grandchild and you are my only Grandfather.
Sending Love from London,
With all my Love and Heart.
Emma xxx

Emma Mancer ( 07 Oct 2021 )

To the Margaret and the Mancer family my sincere condolances, I'm sorry to hear of Max's passing. Great memories, laughs and the occasional beer shared with Max. A gentleman,mentor and friend RIP Frank Moses

Frank Moses ( 07 Oct 2021 )

Poppa Max, you always knew how to make me laugh, from your jokes or flashing your cheeky smile. you were always the know in the know of everyone around town! You will be thoroughly missed and I can not wait to cross paths with you sometime again xx Love Soph

Sophie Mancer ( 07 Oct 2021 )

Dad you were my absolute hero. Thank you for always being there through my life, and I am so pleased that in the last few months of yours I could return the favour. I will miss you more than you can imagine, but you will never be far from my thoughts. I love you so much. Until we meet again - Ali xox

Ali Peters ( 07 Oct 2021 )

Sincere condolences to Margaret and all the remainder of the Mancer family. Some of you may not remember me, I was Jennifer Dagg

Jennie Meads nee Dagg ( 07 Oct 2021 )

To Bruce and Lyn and family,
So very sorry for your loss, thinking of you at this sad time

Noel and Val Baylis ( 07 Oct 2021 )