Friends mourn top Queenstown businessman

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Successful Queenstown businessman Trevor Nicolson, who died suddenly last Friday, never complained about his multiple sclerosis, friends say. 

“He never complained about his disability,” long-time friend, Queenstowner Alan Harper says.

“His mind was always razor-sharp, in fact I was talking to him on the morning of his death and all he was doing was moaning about how poorly his horse had gone at Forbury Park the night before.” 

Harper and Nicolson did own several winning horses, however: “He absolutely loved it.” 

Originally from Southland’s Otautau, Nicolson started with finance company Marac and later was in business with high-flying North Island entrepreneurs. 

He also supported his wife Lee Nicolson’s internationally successful wetsuit company, Blueseventy. 

They shifted to Queenstown nine years ago, selling some of their property to neighbouring Millbrook Resort to allow it to expand. 

“As his physical health deteriorated, he became more a passive investor,” Harper says. 

“He was a very good ear for people on all aspects of business life, whether they had a bright idea or were finding times pretty tough.” 

Nicolson, who was 57, is survived by Lee and children Cameron and Alyssia. 

His funeral was held in Arrowtown on Tuesday.