Memories of

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Jéan Paul Meiring (JP)

1st March 1974 to 29th April 2021

On this page we lovingly pay tribute to our beloved Jéan Paul (JP) who passed away on 29 April 2021.  JP was fondly known by many as ‘the Legend’ – and was a wonderful father, husband, son and friend to many and will be sorely missed.

JP was one who always wore his heart on his sleeve and let people know how he felt.  He could always be relied on for his honesty and speaking his mind. 
He lived most of his life according to his motto, “Never Give Up” which is a good inspiration to us all on how to tackle any adveristy that comes our way.
His wise advice and his tough love will be missed but his spirit will remain in our hearts and through our laughter, as we reminisce with all the stories and adventures we were fortunate to share with him.

Late in 2017, at the age of 43 years, JP was shockingly diagnosed with terminal cancer: it had begun in the colon but already spread to his organs including his liver.  Receiving the news came completely out of the blue and it felt like a bombshell.

In typical JP style however, he faced the challenge head on and was an inspiring example to everyone.  Knowing his time might be short, JP made the most of his final years; many friends and family from all round the world got to spend precious moments together with him, creating lasting memories.

In spite of the long years on chemotherapy and other treatments he showed great strength and courage, even through all the pain and difficult side-effects of the medicines, which was a real testament to his character.

JP’s wish in his final days was that he wanted his family and friends to keep going, to make the most of our days and to live fully, keeping his memory alive in our actions and in our hearts.

He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family which was his final wish.

JP did not lose his fight with cancer; in fact he triumphed over the difficult illness through his positive attitude and in the way that he lived a meaningful life to the end.  His final years were filled with love, joyful laughter and numerous meaningful moments which brought great happiness and harmony to his family.

He lives on in our hearts and will never be forgotten.


We would love all who knew Jéan Paul (JP) to contribute your memories and stories, and share in building on this condolences page and also his memorial page:

JP would have loved the recounting of the experiences and stories we all have of our times together and it will serve as a long-term memoir for his friends and family to enjoy.

Book Owner: Natasha Meiring
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Mark Nicky Courtney Britney Pitcher

Natasha, ela, Luke, we are so sad and sorry for the loss of JP. Ela and Luke your dad is an amazing person- a legend- he is one of Marks best freinds and colleuages. Part of his TMC legacy will always be with The Moving Company. His signature is still on the job accetpance …

Natasha Meiring

Darryl and McGhee Family

To my best friend & brother,   I have known Jean-Paul from before I could remember. In fact, it is not clear to me as to when we became friends as he has always been there; from an age that bathing together & sleeping in a single bed head to toe was ok. Growing …

Natasha Meiring

Helen Cutler

Dear Tasha, Ela and Luke,  Jean Paul was put on this Earth to shine. His charisma, cheekiness, lust for life, kindness and love for his family was second to none. I am very lucky to have had him as a friend. He is so very much missed.  …

Helen Cutler

Melissa Moore

I met JP in 2011 and subsequently started working with him, as the years progressed we became good friends and colleagues. JP was the fairest man I knew always staying out of office politics and ensuring there was a constant flow of harmony amongst us all. So much so that when I stormed into …

Melissa Moore

Simone Percy

If ever there was a testament to a man, you only have to read the messages from every corner of the globe.  We were all blessed to have known you.  Heartfelt condolences from across the miles. …

Natasha Meiring

Steve Lewis

Never has a star shined so brightly than when my dear friend JP was in the room. His infectious smile, a mishchievous twinkle in his eye and a way of making you feel better with the world after spending time with him was his trademark.  He lived his life with passion and adventure and …

Natasha Meiring

Craig Reilly

My Brother, I have found it hard to write this. I just couldn’t find the words to describe the impact you have had on my life over the years. Your smile and heart have touched so many, and I feel privileged to have been able to share a small part of it. Memories are …

Natasha Meiring

Ryan Swan

JP and I met very early in life at primary school. He was an affable and kind person that made friends easily and I knew from the offset we would be life time mates regardless where life took us and which country we settled in. I remember clearly the day my dad tussled with …

Natasha Meiring

Tom Vesperman

JP to a tee “Cheers pal, that’s all I want, peoples positive thoughts and focussing on only the good and funny things that we have all done together. I also just hope that all those who know me and have been keeping in touch over the past 3.5 years have learnt – anything is …

Natasha Meiring

Rolf Lamers

How does one do justice to JP in only 1000 characters? Billy Joel sang “Only the Good die young“. Never has a song been so apt for an individual – ever! JP left us far too soon. Too soon for us to sit down together, have that last beer and reminisce about all of …

Natasha Meiring

Roger Greaves

I was very fortunate to call JP my mate for the past 25 years. We met in London in 1996 and over the ensuing years we worked together, lived together, travelled together and partied together. I have so many wonderful memories and stories,  I will however only tell the one here. In March 1997 …

Natasha Meiring

Kendra Burke

JP, Our Auckland office has never and will never be the same without your presence, seeing your smiley face pop in every now and again even with everything you were going through lifted everybodys spirits, even though you wanted to go under the radar so as not disturb anyone  You certainly fought a true …

Natasha Meiring

Cameron Vancuylenberg

To our dear friend JP, We will deeply miss your infectious character. Your kindness and strenth will not soon be forgotten. We send our love to the entire Meiring family, may the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. With love from the …

Wesley Bourne

My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go to the entire Meiring family at this very difficult time, with the loss of someone so special.  JP influenced so many people in such positive ways, he did not realise it, it came so naturally. When JP was in a room, it would be lightened and filled with …

Natasha Tavoukjian

They say not all heroes wear capes, but to me you definitely wore one each and every day during your fight.  JP, thank you for your messages of encouragement during my small ordeal with my health a few years ago, which compared to yours was a walk in the park.  You were my hero …

Adrian Schultz

Dear Natasha, Ela and Luke – you were JP’s absolutre pride and joy to the end, and I can only but offer my deepest condolence for your loss and the void you must be feeling. In many discussions with JP he was in no doubt what he was up against these past years – …

Natasha Meiring

Rudy Planavsky

Natasha, Ella and Luke, My deepest condolences for the loss of your husband and father.  I pray that JP is at peace and I pray that the valuable memories you have of him will be with you forever.  JP was loved by all who had the privilege to have known him.  We will all …

Natasha Meiring

Sophia Yang

It is very sad to hear JP’s passing away. JP’s sunshine smile and positive image will stay in our hearts and memories. Our deepest condolence to JP’s family. …

Yang Sophia

Dave McIvor

It was with sadness I heard of JP’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with him at The Moving Company and from the very first day I could not help but like his incredibly warm and caring personality but most of all his wicked sense of humour. I silll look back and smile …

Natasha Meiring

Fiona Conroy

Dear Natasha, Ella and Luke.  We are so very sorry for your loss.  JP was one of life’s great guys and his sense of humour, never give up attitude and friendship will be greatly missed.  He adored you all, and always spoke so proudly of you Ella and Luke. I met JP as a …

Natasha Meiring

Nick Masee

Dear Natasha, Ella and Luke. I had the honor of calling JP a friend and will miss his contagious smile which never seemed to leave his face. We met countless times over the years at various conferences and he was one of the people you would always be trying to spend time with. He …

Natasha Meiring

Ted Prior

I was saddenend to hear that JP had lost his fight with cancer and I join with many others in sending my deepest condolences to his family. JP left a deep and lasting impression on me when we first met. The few years that we worked together were, mirroring other comments, fun as well …

Natasha Meiring

Laura Ganon

Life in this planet is just a brief instant of our journey. It is our chance to make a difference and make this world a better place. JP did just that! Spreading love and joy everywhere he went, raising with Natasha such a beautiful family and leaving us with a unique exemple of strenght, …

Laura Ganon

Jeff Wangler

Natasha, Ella and Luke,   My sincerely condolensces to all of you on the passing of JP.  Always smiling, always looking out for his friends, working hard, making sure everyone else was well taken care of – no matter where we were in the world.  We all enjoyed our travel because we got to …

Jeff Wangler

Steve Wilkins

JP, you have provided such great memories as a friend and colleague. You have been an industry shining light and shown what it is truly to be a great human being, something that your family can take much pride from. It has been an absolute pleasure knowing you and whilst you will be missed …

Natasha Meiring

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