Joseph George Maxwell passed away on January 17, 2022, at the age of 77. He was born in Springfield, MA on July 8, 1944. He was predeceased by his parents, Alden and Mary Maxwell; his sisters Sylvia (Maxwell) Howard and Jean (Maxwell) Minihan, and her husband, Donald. Joe was an amazing father to his three children, Joey Maxwell, Michelle (Maxwell) Melnik, and Scott Maxwell, and to his grandchildren Ryan Maxwell and Samantha Melnik. He was predeceased by his son-in-law and friend, Richard Melnik. His partner, Christine Matera was always there for him. Christine, along with her daughter, Jennifer, and son Thomas, his wife Alexis, and Joe’s little buddy Jack made him very happy. They were a part of his family, and he enjoyed many great times with them. Joe was predeceased by his nephew, Gary Howard. He also leaves his niece, Laurie (Minihan) Harkins, his nephew John Minihan, and many cousins and friends. Mr. Max was loved by many and will be in their hearts forever. His genuine caring for other people and his love of life were inspiring. He was always there to help his family and friends. He spent many years coaching baseball at Nonotuck Park and loved playing basketball at his home on Zabek Drive with his children and the neighborhood families. He was an avid Boston Celtics and Red Sox fan. He retired from the Connecticut State Prison when he was 44 after 20 years of service. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at Misquamicut Beach. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held on May 7 at Our Lady of the Valley, 33 Adams St., Easthampton, MA. Calling hours from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with a service to follow. He will be laid to rest at Springfield Street Cemetery on Monday, May 9th at 1:00 p.m.
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