• Sep. 5, 2014 7:00 a.m.

MAXWELL, Kevan Floyd. July 14, 1924 – September 5, 2014. We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Kevan Maxwell at the age of 90 years. Kevan was surrounded by the love of his family in his final days. Predeceased by his parents Walter and Emily Mullins, brother and sister-in-law Benjamin and Hilda Mullins and younger brother John Mullins. Missed by wife Ella Maxwell of 49 years, daughter Rosemary Brown (Tormay), son Colin Maxwell (Joanne), granddaughters Melissa (Dave), Jennifer (Bryan) and Amanda, great-grandchildren, Julia and Isaiah, sister-in-law Aino Mullins, and many nieces and nephews. Kevan was born in Poole, Dorset, England and was raised in a small modest house in Hinton, Wiltshire. During WWII, he landed in Normandy at Gold Beach. As a young soldier and radio operator for the British Royal Artillery Tank Division, some shrapnel exploded near him and he had a small piece on the top of his head until it was removed in 2001. He moved to Canada in 1951, taking the boat from SouthHampton to New York with his younger brother John; the rest of the family came over the following year. Even in older age, Kevan was an adventurous world traveler and once hiked Machu Picchu in Peru in a pair of dress shoes. He was very active until just before he passed away, and his granddaughters have memories of swimming in the pool and jumping on the trampoline with him. For over 75 years, Kevan loved his work as a landscape gardener. He began his career in England at the young age of 15, working alongside his father and brother. In the late 1970’s Kevan helped to plan and landscape Minter Gardens, building the stone walls with son Colin and building an authentic thatched-roof cottage. In the 1990’s he built a self-sufficient log house in the interior by falling and hauling the logs himself as well as building a stone fireplace. He had incredible work ethic, probably in part due to his extreme athleticism! He was a boxer in his younger years and even won a few trophies. Kevan was very fond of history and liked to learn new things. He was always paying attention to the world around him and looking for different explanations for the mystery of life. He had many opinions that did not match his “generation” and he liked to go against the grain of popular thinking. He was a vegetarian for 50 years. Kevan like memorizing and reciting long poems, such as “If,” “The Man in the Mirror,” and “The Shooting of Dan McGrew.” From 1947 – 1950 he was a member of the Salisbury Amateur Dramatic Society. He belonged to Toastmasters for many years and was even in a few “British Nights” put on by the Chilliwack Players Guild. Kevan performed in several channel 8 TV series. “People in Conflict” and “Magistrates Court” in the 60’s and 70’s. He was also a talented writer and published some of his memories from the war. He enjoyed the occasional trip to the casino with whoever would go with him, as well as playing pool at the Seniors Centre with his son. Kevan was faced with many difficult decisions throughout his life and always tried to do the right thing for his family. We will miss his sparkle and sense of humour. Kevan has chosen to donate his remains to the UBC School of Medicine for scientific research. We are proud of him for making such an important contribution to academic research. The family would like to thank the staff of CGH ICU and to Dr. Alex Bartel for his care and compassion. Private family gathering on September 21, 2014. Papa, we love you very much and will miss you forever. “Right-O.”

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