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Nelson James Bradley

May 28, 2023

 On Sunday 28th May 2023.  Passed away as a result of a short illness, peacefully at Te Nikau, Grey Hospital, with loving family and close friends by his side.

A loved son of the late Myrtle and Tom Bradley.

Dearly loved husband of Carolyn and a dearly loved wonderful Dad of Janine and Lyndene.

Loved brother and brother in law of Keith and Lorraine, Frank and Karen, Pam and the late Mike Wheadon, June and Mark Thomas. Cherished Granddad of Cinder. A loved uncle and cousin, friend to Cindy, Stu and Pete and a friend of many.

Messages to the Bradley Family, c/- PO Box 162, Hokitika 7842 or may be left on Nelson’s tribute page at

A service to celebrate Nelson’s life, will be held in the RSA Rooms, 22 Sewell Street, Hokitika on Thursday, June 1st, commencing at 2.00pm.  Following the service, Nelson will be laid to rest in the Lawn Section of the Hokitika Cemetery.


  1. Dorothy Paul

    A wonderful man who has now passed the finishing line.Love to the family.kind regards Dot Paul.

  2. Suzanne Theyers

    Very sad news that Nelson has passed away. Nelson was a great man. He packed so much into his 78 years of his active life. Keith, Lorraine, Debbie, Wayne, Stevie, Ruby and Billy you have lost such an amazing man who I know you all adored. Treasure the memories ❤️

    • JM Roberts

      Thinking of you all at this sad time kindest regards
      John and Jennifer Roberts

      • Kaye and Jim McNabb

        Sending deepest sympathy to Carolyn and the girls, Keith, Lorraine and all the family. A great loss of an energetic and generous man..

      • Viv Bennett

        We were so sad to hear of Nelson’s passing .A good to friend to us and lots of fond memories from with the Hoki Cycling club days.. Love to family and friends we know he will be sadly missed 😢 Viv and Benge Chch

    • Tracy Sollitt

      I’m so sorry to hear that this awesome man has passed.
      Have so many memories of time spent with you and your whanau.

      • Merv Grewar

        Probably the best friend in my Hokitika life, nope, my whole life is now cycling the clouds. RI cycling heaven P old friend.

  3. Lynda Giles

    So sorry to hear of Nelsons passing. I remember him for all of his conversations, help and advice when visiting his shop back in the day. A genuine nice guy and a sad loss to the Hokitika community as a whole.. Condolences to all of his family.

    • Paulette Arnold

      Sad to hear a gentleman gone so soon. Thinking of the family x

  4. Michael Jackson

    This is terribly sad news,
    I have so many memories of Nelson and Eric Walker helping us as kids with our BMX passions.
    Nelson will be terribly missed by so many ❤️

  5. Shona Marshall

    Sorry to hear this news. Condolences to his family.

  6. Diane & John Craig

    Very sad to read this. Nelson was a great guy. Very helpful in the shop. A true gentleman. Rest in Peace. Condolences to all the family.

    • JL Foster

      Deepest condolences Carolyn, Janine and Lyndene. So many fond memories of and conversations with Nelson over the years at his shop and Bradley celebrations. Such a lovely man. Will miss your smiling face.

  7. Colin& Mary Wilson

    Condolences to all. Gone. but remembered in our memories and heart

  8. Vonnie & Doug Cherry

    So sorry to hear of Nelson’s passing, condolences to all the family.
    Treetops will miss the visits from Frank and him when they were out and about on their bikes riding the trial.

  9. Teresa Eden

    Condolences to all the Bradley family. Nelson was a really nice man and a very good friend of my Dad’s, Merv Grewar.
    Thinking of you all during this very sad time.

  10. John Tacon

    Condolences to the Bradley family. Ride high Nelson. RIP

  11. Nancy Woolhouse

    Thinking of you all at this sad time.

    • Marisa Rochford

      Thinking of the family. Rip Nelson

    • Colleen Freitas

      Thinking of you all at this sad time.Colleen F.

  12. Colleen Astwood

    Condolences to Nelsons’ family Colleen Astwood nee Blair

  13. Glenn and Janna Bradley

    Condolences to Nelson’s family

  14. Sheri Wright

    Condolences to the Bradley Family, Janine and Lyndene on the loss of Nelson, a good man.
    Kind Regards

  15. John & Margaret Atkinson

    To the Bradley Family, Our deepest sympathy on the sad loss of you loved Nelson.

  16. Anne Staples

    So sorry to hear of Nelson’s passing. Thoughts are with you all

  17. Chris and Martin Cuff

    Condolences to all the Bradley Family. Nelson was such a kind and helpful man. RIP Nelson

  18. Liz and Kyle Scott

    We are so sorry to read of the passing of Nelson. He will be sadly missed amongst all family and friends.

    Thinking of you all and our thoughts are with you xx

  19. Bidgie jefferies

    Very sad to hear . . Our sympathy goes out to the Bradley families . Always very helpful in the shop in our Hokitika days . A genuine nice guy . Thoughts are with all the family . Bidge and Colin jefferies

  20. David Stewart

    R I P Nelson.

    • Wayne & Daryl Davidson

      Our deepest condolences. RIP Nelson!

      • Lyn and Ken Reece

        Condolences to all the family at your sad loss of Nelson
        Thinking of your all

  21. Marion Routhan

    Condolences to Nelson’s family. My thoughts are with you all.

    • Bryan and Sandra Cudmore

      Deepest condolences to Carolyn,Janice and Lyndene many fond memories of our neighbour and Friend. Love and thoughts with you all at this very difficult time ahead.

      • Doug & Yvonne Cochrane.

        We are sorry to hear of the passing of Nelson.
        Our sincere condolences to Carolyn and family.
        RIP Nelson.🌹🌹🌹

        • Carole Jones

          Condolences to Nelson’s family.My thoughts are with you all at this time of sadness.

    • Brian & Sue Smith

      A wonderfull guy who looked after the Angling Club in Hokitika.
      And a great guy to have around when you had bike troubles. Will be sadly missed.

  22. Gail Bradley

    So sorry to hear of Nelson’s passing. This has all happened far to soon. My thoughts are with you all. Fly high Nelson.

  23. Vicky Bennett

    Sorry to hear of Nelson’s passing, he was such a lovely person and will be missed. My condolences and love to all his family and friends.
    Rest in peace Nelson.

  24. Linda Brake

    My heart goes out to all those who loved, cherished and respected Nelson. An honest, adventurist and well respected man with a wicked sense of humour. A true friend, confident and extended family member. Nelson you will be missed, but never forgotten. Love to all xx

  25. Colleen Chamberlain

    Sincere condolences to the Bradley Families, our thoughts are with you all. RIP Nelson

  26. Anna-Marie & Andy Thompson

    Our deepest condolences to the Bradley family. Nelson will be very much missed

  27. Angie Foster

    My condolences to the Bradley Family, Nelson was a lovely man. May he Rest In Peace 🙏

  28. Mike & Ra Henderson

    Sad news. Thoughts with the family, a really good, helpful guy.

  29. Denise Harper Bell

    Saddened to hear this news – Nelson always gave so much to others – got us back on our bikes again – condolences to family and friends

  30. Frank & Lynette Long

    Lynette & Frank Long Condolences to all the Family,Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time

  31. Cushla Jones

    Oh sad news our condolences to all the family
    We too loved visiting Nelson in the shop a wonderful man always a good yarn to be had and forever helpful
    RIP Nelson
    Cushla & Chris Franz Josef

  32. Ray and Colleen Oliver

    Such a lovely man – So sorry for your loss. Colleen and Ray Oliver

  33. John Nancekivell

    Was saddened by the news of Nelson passing. Our condolences to Nelsons family, John and Glenwyn Nancekivell

  34. Richard Mackley and Carmen Hartley

    Very sad to hear the news of Nelson’s passing. We knew Nelson through cycling and mountain biking and he was always enthusiastic and caring. Our condolences to his family. RIP Nelson.
    Richard and Carmen

  35. Karla and Phil Jones

    Nelson, it was such a previledge to know you. A true gentleman with a wonderful sense of humour. RIP Nelson xx

  36. Nida an Dicey Davidson

    Nelson you have ridden your last race, a big part of your life. you always would give the true an best advice about bikes. our thoughts are with you .Carolyn ,Janine, Lyndene an family. rest in peace Nelson.

  37. Lois Meldrum

    Condolences to the Bradley family, Nelson was a lovely guy and be missed by all

  38. Wayne & Eileen Jones

    A true lover of cycling and a mentor to many. Will be missed by one and all. Much love to family at this sad time

  39. Craig Shakespeare

    So sad to hear of the passing of Nelson. I called in Nelson for years during his time at Hokitika sports world. Nelson has a great man and will be missed.

    Rest in peace my old mate!!

    Pedal on



  40. Morris & Cecilia Honey

    So sorry to read of Nelson’s passing our deepest sympathy to the Bradley family our prayers and thoughts are with you all

  41. Noeline Minehan

    Deepest sympathy to you all in your sad loss

  42. Shane Lang and Kim McPherson

    So shocked to hear of Nelson’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to the Bradley family at this time.


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