OBITUARY

Earl Ellsworth Maxfield Jr.

October 26, 1928March 11, 2019
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Earl Ellsworth Maxfield, Jr., of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 11, 2019.

He was born on October 26, 1928, in Jersey City, NJ, the son of Earl Ellsworth Maxfield, Sr., and Mildred Wentworth Maxfield.

Having spent the first years of his youth on his grandparents farm in Maine followed by growing up on Staten Island, NY, he had an appetite for adventure. Graduating from U.S Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, and marrying his soul mate in 1950, he enjoyed a life long career as an accomplished tug boat Captain and merchant marine pilot while traveling the world with his beloved wife of 68 years, Viola Wanzer Maxfield.

Mr. Maxfield is survived by his wife Viola; daughter Viola Tagliatela and her husband Stephen of Old Saybrook; son Mitchell Maxfield and his wife Lorraine of Vero Beach, FL; sisters Virginia Bouwmans of Lords Valley, PA and Elaine Herbert of Toms River, NJ, nieces, nephews, loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 15th from 5-8pm at Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 10am in Emmanuel Baptist Church, Old Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook. Burial will follow in Cypress Cemetery, Old Saybrook. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Old Saybrook Ambulance Association.

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2019
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Earl Ellsworth Maxfield Jr.

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Bob Duncan

March 14, 2019

My sincere condolences to Mrs. M, Mitch, and Viola on Earl's passing. He always had time for everyone, was a pleasure to talk to, and extended me many kindnesses. ( as have you ) Earl was rightfully proud of graduating from the U S Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Well, Kings Point should be VERY proud to have had a man of his integrity and character representing them for 70 some years. Earl was just a great great guy. May he R.I.P.

Anna Pratt

March 12, 2019


I was so sorry today to hear of the passing of Earl. ,Viola’s dad..he was beloved by his wife and children.
Earl was a fine and outstanding gentleman....his happy persona is reflected in the lives of his children. It was a pleasure to be in his company . I shall always remember the stories he shared at family get togethers at the home of his children viola and Stephen.I’m sure the memories he leaves will be a comfort to his family.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to viola!his precious wife and to his children The love they shared will live on in eternity. God bless you all..my love.mrs pratt.

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