April 30, 1942 ~ May 12, 2022

Born in: Hartford, Connecticut
Resided in: Asheville, North Carolina

John Maxwell, a treasured husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, 3 weeks after celebrating his 80th birthday in Hilton Head, South Carolina, with his family. John grew up in West Hartford, CT, son of John and Patricia (Sullivan) Maxwell. After graduating from St. Anselm’s College, John was proud to have spent nearly 50 years in the insurance industry. Still, his greatest joy was his time with family and friends. John and Jane, his beloved wife of 56 years, retired to Asheville, North Carolina where they entertained, golfed, traveled and talked about how blessed they were to have created such lasting memories. Left to grieve are his wife Jane, sons John (Kristen), Hingham, MA, Darren, Brooklyn, NY, and Jared (Laura) Hingham, MA and 5 adored grandchildren, Grace, Margot, Joe, Griffin, and Reagan. He also leaves behind 2 sisters, Suzanne Bailey-Gates and Linda Crowe, and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was predeceased by brothers Robert Maxwell, Jeffrey Maxwell, and sister Laurie Maxwell. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am on Wednesday May 25th, 2022 at Saint Paul’s Parish 147 North Street, Hingham, MA 02043.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Please accept my sincere condolences. I have fond memories of your Maxwell family tagging along with Lainey & Jeff. Terry was a wonderful man.

  2. What a wonderful man! We all have special memories of him. Our love to you and family❗️ Jim snd Karen Stewart

  3. Dear Jane & Family,
    Jane you may remember I worked for & with John many years at The Travelers..he was smart, professional, hardworking and “neat as a pin” (in fact a female once said “John doesn’t wrinkle”). He would be embarassed by those accolades but outside of work (whoa Nelly!!!!) he was a “wild and crazy guy” before the arrival of his first son; whether it be our weekly “Boys of Winter poker games, TIC Men’s Club or other social agendas where Budweiser was also attending he was the life of the party even though ocassionally he lost track of time. Yes after a phone call or two you would track him down & remind him he had to come home!! But with patient training you taught him to “settle down” and he did. Jane my deepest sorrow to you & family. I will remember all the good times John brought to our lives. He will be sincerely missed.

  4. Blessings and sympathy for Jane and family. Max was truly one great individual.

    Bill Clulow – good friend from Travelers days.

  5. Jane, I know the pain you feel. May God bless you and give you strength during this difficult time. Cherish the memories, you will be in my prayers. My deepest condolences to you anfd your family

  6. Jane and family: I came to know John when I was elected to the Flat Rock Playhouse Board of Trustees. John and I hit it off almost immediately. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to work with him. As a resident at the Cliffs Valley, who sometimes plays at Walnut Cove, I enjoyed running into John sometimes when I was there. I assure that the Playhouse Board dn employees will sorely miss John. I know that I will. Please accept my condolences (and those of the Playhouse Board and employees) to you and John’s family.

  7. Jane and family, Bob and I wish to express our deep sympathy to all of you. I enjoyed working with John on the Flat Rock Playhouse board. He was devoted to the Playhouse and a great ambassador. We are grateful for all he did at Walnut Cove to support the Playhouse. May warm memories of a life well lived provide comfort. Charlotte

  8. Our hearts are heavy learning the news that John is no longer walking this earth, (always smiling) but has begun another grand adventure. We are so grateful for the years we connected with John and with you, Jane when we all found our paths brought us from Connecticut to that strange new land of Des Moines, Iowa! you were the first and only people outside of the workplace that we knew and you welcomed us with great warmth, hospitality, humor and enthusiasm! John, as cousin to my Sullivan cousins, meant we were family ~ something we toasted to often! You introduced us to lovely friends and shared in some of my crazy shenanigans like the houseboat birthday on Saylorville Lake when it was about 105° !! John had a way of reminding us of the lighter side of almost anything as we navigated transitions and parenting adult children and building a new life in a new land. (Of course the four of us loved that place and Midwest culture) We are deeply grateful for the gift of John and for the wonderful memories we made together. May God’s love surround, support and abide with you Jane and loved ones, as you grieve. Holding you in our prayers.

  9. To Jane and family,
    We’ll never forget all the good times we enjoyed with you and your family on Pondside Lane! We send you all love and peaceful wishes. ~Dody, Bruce & family

  10. We are so sorry to loose our dear friend, John. He always had a twinkle in his eye and was happy to see his friends. Bill enjoyed playing bridge with John and we have shared many meals together. We will miss him terribly.
    Jan & Bill Dockendorf


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