Robert Bruce (Max) Maxwell of Edgartown died Jan. 14 after fighting a battle with cancer. He was 62.

Max was born in Portsmouth, Va., on August 16, 1954. He grew up in Berlin and Uxbridge, where he was a graduate of Uxbridge High School and an Eagle Scout and member of Troop 22. He graduated from The Kings College in New York in 1976 with a degree in music.

Music was important part of his life. He played piano, trombone, tuba, and other wind instruments, and he also sang. He performed with many bands, orchestras, and at churches. He was a member of the Vineyard Classic Brass Band and the Vineyard Haven Band, which was established in 1868 and is the third oldest band in the country. He was also an active member of the Faith Community Church and the music ministry there.

Max lived and worked on Martha’s Vineyard for more than 20 years and had many friends. He was a valued employee of Long and Meehan Custom Builders and he was considered the Fix it Guy; if it was broken, call Max!

He is survived by his mother, Ora Maxwell of Montgomery, Ala.,; his brothers Gary Maxwell and his wife Cheri of Montgomery, Ala., and James Maxwell of Ephrata, Pa.; his nieces Michelle Smith and her husband Luke and Tiffany Croley and her husband Ben; and seven great-nieces and many cousins. He is predeceased by his father, Bruce Maxwell.

Special thanks and appreciation go to Cliff Meehan and the many doctors, nurses, and friends who were there to look after, care for and visit Max during this difficult time.

Memorial services will be held in mid-June. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Henrietta Brewer House, Hope Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, or Faith Community Church. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole, and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.