Eight Bells: Meade Maxwell
Published on October 14th, 2020
Hampden Meade Maxwell, 25, passed away from cancer September 26 with his mother Christy Swift Maxwell by his side.
After too many cold Michigan winters, following his graduation from Grosse Pointe South High School in 2013, Meade continued his education at College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. He wasn’t too sure how welcomed a “Yankee” would be in the south. But to his delight, he was welcomed with open arms.
He loved Charleston and its history along with the architecture, charm, vibrance, and people. He would often remark how he found a new wonderful historical park or a beautiful home, even an arbor of jasmine that he couldn’t wait to share with his friends and family. Meade graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 2018.
Meade then headed back to his hometown of Grosse Pointe Farms, where he spent time with his parents and charting out a course for his future and all the success he looked forward to having in life. He always focused on the day-to-day but looked forward to all of the “tomorrows.”
Little Traverse Yacht Club (Harbor Springs, MI) played a vital role in Meade’s life, learning to sail at Little Traverse Sailors as a 9-year-old and never leaving. When he “graduated” from sail school, he became a sailing instructor. In 2015, Meade was promoted to Director and Head Sailing Instructor of the LTS program, taking pride in teaching and mentoring his students, reinforcing their sailing skills, and sharing his love and respect for the water as well for each other.
Meade was a natural-born leader who led by example and encouraged others to be their personal best at whatever they chose. His attention to detail and passion for the little things in life made him an amazing gentleman. He was a renaissance man who was generous and thoughtful. He was a man’s man and a ladies’ man. He was incredibly kind and knew what it meant to be a friend. He was so much more than just a bunch of words on a piece of paper.
Meade is survived by his mother, Christy Swift Maxwell, and his two older brothers Peter T. Maxwell Jr, Gordon Swift Maxwell, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and so many friends who loved him. His father predeceased him, Peter T. Maxwell Sr, Grandparents Hampden M. Swift, Margaret M. Swift, Phillip H. Maxwell, and Harriet W. Maxwell.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to:
Little Traverse Sailors
PO Box 583
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
A memorial service will be held in the late spring of 2021.