Peter Ellis Maxim, 68

Jan 21, 2020

Peter Ellis Maxim, 68, formerly of Wareham, MA, passed away on Thursday December 19, 2019 in Wheeler, Texas.

Peter was born in Wareham to Elmer Maxim Jr and Elizabeth (Baxter)Maxim. He attended Wareham schools and was in the first graduating class of Automotive from Upper Cape Tech in 1970. After graduation, he proudly served in the Army and was stationed in Germany, where his first child Liz was born.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and son Peter Ellis Maxim Jr.

Survivors include his daughters Liz McDonald, her fiancé Jason, and granddaughter Portia; Erin, her husband Steve, grandson Steven, great granddaughter Lacey, and granddaughter Victoria; two adopted sons, James, his wife Laura and 4 grandsons Dalton, Dakota, Austin, Cameron; William, his wife Edwige, grandson Mason, and granddaughter Esme; and brother David, along with several aunts, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and friends.

He was a “Grease Monkey” and spent his life working with cars and heavy machinery from driving to fixing he did it all. He was part of a union that worked on “The Big Dig Project” in Boston. He was a great teacher to his kids on how to turn a wrench, getting anywhere driving backroads, and family history. He loved his seafood, beer, and anything spicy. He was also a great history teller from how Wareham was when he grew up, to his numerous Germany stories, and family connections. He loved listening to music and dancing around the house on a Sunday afternoon. He adored his kids and grandkids. Peter was very fond of his naps and never missed an opportunity to “check his eyelids for holes”. 

A private Military Honors graveside ceremony will be held in the spring.