ForeverMissed
Max is survived by his partner of 19 + years, Mark Getchell, his siblings Bradford (Jo-Ann) Maxwell, Barbara (Kal) Krishnan and his former spouse Kathleen O'Neill. He is also survived by a substantial, far-flung network of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins whom he endeavored to host and gather together whenever possible. His sister Sherrill (aka Jane) Maxwell followed him in death the day after him.

Max was preceded in Death by his mother Diana Patolia, step-father Nitu Patolia, and father, James C. Maxwell.

Max touched many lives and held dear many enduring friendships while exploring several vocations & careers throughout his life including religious study with the Episcopal church, catering and event planning, as well as many years as an architectural designer. He also dedicated himself to helping troubled youth working for the past 30 years in several positions at Children’s Community Support Collaborative/The Home For Little Wanderers in Boston.

The family is planning to host a Celebration of Life sometime this summer, the details will be posted here as they firm up.  If you would like to be informed or have something to share that is more personal please send a note to: memoriesofmax@maxwellobit.com

Posted by Kimberly Fisher on April 18, 2021
Max was a truly special individual. I worked with him from 2006 through 2010, and his care and compassion for everyone was always palpable. I needed to fly out of town to see my mother who needed surgery, and I didn’t have a dog sitter. He invited me over to meet my dog to see if it would be a good fit. We weren’t even particular close at the time, but he jumped up first to help me. That’s who he was - always first to help. He was so smart in every way, and just knew what people needed. My thoughts go out to his partner and everyone else whose lives Max touched.
Posted by Peter Munroe on April 5, 2021
I met Max back in 2004 when i was 14. my childhood wasn't really all too good, but i can say without a doubt that Max was the best part of it. He always was so caring and really went above and beyond to help anyway he could. I always thought of him as a second father and was very fortunate to have met him. We kept in touch all these years even after i had left the program he worked at. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, we were unable to arrange a meetup. You will fondly be missed and life just won't be the same without you in it. Thanks for everything
Posted by John Merullo on April 1, 2021
I met Max in November 1992, when I was 23 years old. He quickly became one of my best friends and an older brother figure. I left Boston in 1997, but we stayed close. When I was married in 2017, Max was very happy and proud to fly down to Houston to serve as one of my groomsmen. He and Mark then threw us and amazing "East Coast Reception" at their home in Worcester a week later. Max touched the hearts of so many people. There will always be a Max-shaped piece missing from our lives.
Posted by Bradford Maxwell on March 31, 2021
Max was the eldest sibling of the four of us. He took family responsibilities seriously and was always willing to help. He was there for me many times when my life was rocky. In these past many years as things have settled down and we've all been raising our families, Max hosted the usual celebrations and brought the sense of connection that we needed on the Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter. Just a few weeks ago we discussed the possibilities of doing something for Easter if the pandemic allowed.
Max, my brother, you will be missed. ( and not just for you baking)

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Posted by Kimberly Fisher on April 18, 2021
Max was a truly special individual. I worked with him from 2006 through 2010, and his care and compassion for everyone was always palpable. I needed to fly out of town to see my mother who needed surgery, and I didn’t have a dog sitter. He invited me over to meet my dog to see if it would be a good fit. We weren’t even particular close at the time, but he jumped up first to help me. That’s who he was - always first to help. He was so smart in every way, and just knew what people needed. My thoughts go out to his partner and everyone else whose lives Max touched.
Posted by Peter Munroe on April 5, 2021
I met Max back in 2004 when i was 14. my childhood wasn't really all too good, but i can say without a doubt that Max was the best part of it. He always was so caring and really went above and beyond to help anyway he could. I always thought of him as a second father and was very fortunate to have met him. We kept in touch all these years even after i had left the program he worked at. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, we were unable to arrange a meetup. You will fondly be missed and life just won't be the same without you in it. Thanks for everything
Posted by John Merullo on April 1, 2021
I met Max in November 1992, when I was 23 years old. He quickly became one of my best friends and an older brother figure. I left Boston in 1997, but we stayed close. When I was married in 2017, Max was very happy and proud to fly down to Houston to serve as one of my groomsmen. He and Mark then threw us and amazing "East Coast Reception" at their home in Worcester a week later. Max touched the hearts of so many people. There will always be a Max-shaped piece missing from our lives.
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