Max Hochstetter

June 22, 1927November 3, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Staff Sergeant (Retired),

Max Hochstetter, 1927 – 2020.

Max passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 3, 2020 in a care facility in Burnaby, BC. at the age of 93.

He leaves behind his wife, Donna, his five children, Debra, Terry, Lori, Janet and James, and their spouses, his nine grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren, niece and nephews.

Next to his family, his career as an RCMP officer was his greatest source of pride. Max served in the RCMP from 1948 to 1977; he was accorded the RCMP Long Service Medal and the RCMP Bronze Clasp and Star Award. After retiring from the RCMP, he worked for the Liquor Control Board for 10 years when he finally took his retirement.

Max was a devoted husband, dedicated father, a proud Papa, animal and sports lover, he was a kind and generous friend who will be missed by all those who knew him.

Please celebrate his life by treasuring his memory, he will always be in our hearts.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Max Hochstetter

have a memory or condolence to add?

Scott Stevenson

November 12, 2020


You were colourful, larger than life, and one of the most interesting people I have ever met. You had a presence about you that lit up the room, and I'm a better man for having known you.

RIP Staff, and may God hold you in his arms until we meet again.

Scott Sr.

Phyllis Hochstetter

November 11, 2020

Max you were a wonderful father in law. I loved the way you always called me Shorty with that big smile, and gave the biggest hugs. You remembered all our birthdays , anniversaries and every event in our family lives , big and small. Those phone calls are sure going to be missed. So many memories to cherish from the big dinners at our house with the tables extending more each year as the family kept expanding . Was such a joy to know you. Love Shorty

Brian Hochstetter

November 9, 2020

You will be missed by all Uncle Max. Your kind and caring soul will be with us forever. I always enjoyed the calls made between you and my father and our families.

It was always a pleasure to hear from you and was so nice to know you truly cared about everyone in and around your family. I will never forget the visit you made to Chicago with Donna & Terry. They are some of my fondest childhood memories. Meeting my mythical Uncle Max! A giant of a man with a even bigger heart!

I am sure Joe has a cold beer waiting for you in Heaven or maybe some Canadian Club! Rest well and best wishes and prayers to all the people feeling this loss.

Max you will be missed but never forgotten!

Love to all- Brian Hochstetter(II)

Myron Misyk

November 8, 2020

Donna and the rest of the family. I was so sorry to hear the passing of Max. He was the Traffic Supervisor at Prince George Sud-Division when I was on Highway Patrol in Dawson Creek. Max was one of the best NCO’s I had the privilege to work under. He was not only a great supervisor but an awesome human being. He really cared for the members that worked under him. RIP Max, you were the best.

Myron Misyk. Retired RCMP S/Sgt.

Robert Hochstetter

November 8, 2020

My fondest memories of my great Uncle Max are all the discussions we had, or him and my father had over the phone about Canucks and Blackhawks hockey. He was always the gentleman and would say he cheered for the Blackhawks as long as they weren't playing the Canucks, though unfortunately I don't think my father and I felt the same about the Canucks so there was always some light teasing, if memory serves. But nevertheless, every time there was a puck drop for a Hawks/Canucks game, you could bet that my father was already on the phone with him and he was so happy to hear from us and us from him.

I'm so sorry that I was never able to come visit you, Uncle Max. You're the reason I've been wanting to go to BC ever since I was a little kid, after you and Terry came to Illinois in 95, because I'd never met you before at that point, but, immediately, you seemed like everything that was great about the Hochstetter family; loud, fun, and loving, and from that time on I always gleefully looked forward to whenever I would get to see you again.

My deepest sympathies to Aunt Donna and all of my cousins.

Chris Baldry

November 7, 2020

Max Hochstetter is my father in law, and most importantly, my friend. I first met him 26 years when I started dating Janet. I will always remember how Max made me feel at that time. Welcomed. That never changed.
I always looked forward to phone conversations, casual visits, or family dinners. His legendary storytelling, even when you had heard the stories many times, still makes me smile when I replay them in my mind. Max was a gifted storyteller.
We had many common interests: family, sports and dogs. His face would light up when I told him a story about a family member or something our dog had done. He was a good listener.
Max Hochstetter is a special person. He will always have a place in my heart.

Chris Baldry

Ron & Marie Budd

November 7, 2020

One memory from way back in the 50's regarding a very memorable
friend and member, Max Hochstetter. If anyone got a ticket from
Max, they almost appreciated it as they knew they deserved it. He issued his tickets with a smile and received smiles back. I enjoyed my
time in Duncan and especially as a new young member the time spent
and dinners appreciated with him and Donna. After we were married
they continued to share time with us. Max and Donna portrayed what a family should be then as well as what they extended to all of us now.
Ron & Marie

Brian Hochstetter

November 7, 2020

Aunt Donna, cousins Debra, Terry, Lori, Janet, and Jimmy your Dad loved and cared about you all so much, you'll never know. He was so proud of his family, he told me about you all, what you were doing individually or together. I looked forward to his letters or phone calls giving me updates on you all and your own families. In our correspondence he would tease me about the Chicago sports teams, especially the Blackhawks. Max knew I was an avid fan and of course to tease me further, he sent pictures of the Stanley Cup being at his house, thanks to Terry I presume, to really get his digs in and tease me. But I loved it and will miss you deeply Uncle Max. I posted 2 pictures of you here in Chicago showing our love of sports we shared. One with you and my Dad, when the Bulls won their sixth championship and you became an instant fan with the hat on and then Terry , you and myself at a Chicago White Sox game. Both fond memories of Max showing his love for sports to me.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Donna and your family.

Your Chicago or Southern Nephew and Niece,
Brian and Margene Hochstetter

Scott Stevenson

November 6, 2020

Papa, you were one of the most influential people in my life. I certainly wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for you. I truely cherished all of the time we spent together, especially going for fish and chips in White Rock! Thank you so much for everything, I love you and miss you.

Janet Richardson

November 6, 2020

Our families have been lifelong friends. Camping, fishing, and travelling together leave us with many fond and funny memories. I will miss your Christmas letters about your family that you are so fiercely proud of. I know how much you missed my Dad when he passed. It's a comfort to know you and he are fishing again. Love to all of the family from the Patterson's.


Learn more about the Hochstetter name