It was a year ago that a dear friend passed. I have my own memories of Al Maxwell and they are strong and fond and will stay with me. Of his passing, they wrote …
Alfred Winthrop Maxwell III of Bridgton, formerly of Winthrop, passed away Saturday, June 26, 2010, from metastatic melanoma. He was born July 22, 1953, in Augusta, to Robert and Dianne Maxwell.
"Chum" or "Chummy," as he was known in his early years, was a 1971 graduate of Winthrop High School, where he earned a reputation as a golden-toed soccer player and a consummate skier. He attended Bates College in Lewiston, where he became "Al" to those he met at this stage and future stages of life, and achieved similar recognition in soccer and ski jumping at the college level. He graduated from Bates in 1975 with degrees in physics and math.
On June 20, 1998, in a beautiful lakeside setting in Bridgton, he married his long time love and partner in life, Janet Vermeulen. They bought a farmhouse on 60 acres of fields and woods and deeply enjoyed the natural beauty surrounding them. Family and friends looked forward to the summer celebration hosted by Al and Janet each July for the past 18 years; the first few held at their previous home in Freeport.
Well studied and well traveled, his long-standing interest in Eastern philosophies was enhanced through numerous trips to the Far East, visiting or working in India, Nepal, Thailand, and other countries of Southeast Asia. He enjoyed winter play time in Florida, Hawaii, South America, the islands of the Caribbean, the Austrian Alps, and ski areas of northern New England.
He was a commercially rated pilot and, at the Bridgton farm, housed his Maule M4 in the hangar he built. He soared into the sky from his meticulously maintained runway. Though he was an accomplished pilot, his standing as a much loved husband, son, and brother always prompted a collective exhale from family when he touched down.
He was a daring and extraordinary chef, creating the most delicious vegetarian dishes with interesting and exciting mixes of spices and herbs, often with produce grown in his large garden.
Simply stated, Al could do anything and do it well.
Al’s trek through the mountains of Nepal with his wife was a beautiful highlight in his life, and he formed an everlasting connection to the spirit of the region.Donations in his memory may be sent to The Nepal Trust. Donations may be made online. Alternatively, in honor of his fondness for and appreciation of animals, you may send donations to Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, 1389 Bridgton Rd., Fryeburg, ME 04037.
I will miss you Al, without pretense and always with fondness.