Obituary: Al Maxman, 82

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 1:33pm

Al Maxman of New York and Block Island passed away peacefully, at home, on Nov. 12, 2010. He was 82 years old.

Al first came to Block Island in 1977 with his wife, Bobbi, and, a year later, they became island homeowners. For 20 years, they owned the house that had been the Littlefield Store on Center Road. In 1997, they moved to a house near the end of Corn Neck Road.

While on the Block, Al could be found fixing things around his house, hanging wallpaper, painting and cutting down the weed trees that were constantly growing on his lawn. Afternoons found him lounging on the beach, soaking up the rays, reading the New York Times, Time, the New Yorker or the Block Island Times, or chatting with his many island friends. He was also a member of the island congregation Sons and Daughters of Ruth.

His favorite times on Block Island were with his family. Spring and fall were spent here with Bobbi, his wife of 54 years. During the summers, his sons, their wives and children would visit. Al could often be seen on the beach coaching his five grandchildren through games, like the former summer camp director that he was. His grandchildren will always cherish the many joyful summer days spent on Block Island with their grandparents.

Alvin Maxman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 23, 1928. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn College and, after service in the Army, Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work. He worked as a teacher, social worker, summer camp director (for many years at Wel-Met Camps), and professor at Staten Island College and Hunter College School of Social Work. He played baseball on a local team called the Wings, where because of his powerful pitching arm he was known as Machine-Gun Al.

Other than summers on Block Island and vacations on Majorca, Al lived full-time in Brooklyn until 1998, when he and Bobbi retired to Manhattan. They took full advantage of the city, visiting museums, attending concerts, ballet and opera. He and Bobbi were avid theater-goers, often seeing four or more shows in a week’s time.

Al will be missed by his wife, Bobbi; his son Joel and his wife, Sherri, and son Ron and his wife Helen; his grandchildren Andrew, Elizabeth, Nicole, Sophie and Julia; and his many friends in New York and on Block Island.