Horton, Maxwell Elliott – 64, Truro Heights. It is with deep sadness that the family of Maxwell “Max” Horton announce his passing in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre on Sunday, July 29, 2018, three months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Born and raised in Canso, N.S. as the second youngest of twelve children, Max was the son of the late Frederick and Eileen (Fanning) Horton. He lived in Truro for the past thirty years after marrying the love of his life, Penny Shipley MacQueen, who was by his side from day one of their life together until his final moment in this world.
He will be forever missed by Penny and his three children; Shaun Snow (Alicia), Melissa Harris (Peter) and Teddy MacQueen (Ashley Walsh); grandchildren, Michael MacQueen (Brooke), Gregory Harris (Taylor), Sage MacQueen, Carter MacQueen and Austyn-Jean MacQueen; step-grandchildren, Grace, Evie and Lilah; great grandchildren, Khloe, Evan, Claire, Aleah and Addison. Max was also survived by nine siblings, Pearl Grant, Saint Francis Harbour, N.S., Fred (Evangeline), St. Catherines, Ontario, Thomas (Linda), Middle Musquodoboit, N.S., Lillian Nickerson (John), Canso, N.S., David (Maria), Halifax, Helen (Thomas), Larry’s River, N.S., Muriel Bousquest, Montreal, QC, Stanley, Truro and Robert (Cathy), Truro; sisters-in-law, Rita and Jean; aunts, Valencia and Molly as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Max was also survived by many extended members of the Shipley family. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Percy and Nelson.
A meat cutter by trade, Max worked over the years for the Canso Co-op, Truro Mall IGA and Cavanaugh’s in Bible Hill. He took a break from meat cutting and was a Commissioner who worked mainly at the Nova Scotia Institute for Women. Family was always the center of Max’s universe and he truly enjoyed and relished anytime spent with his children and grandchildren as well as time with his brothers and sisters. He was an unpretentious man who accepted people as they were without judgement. Making friends came easy for Max, due to the mischievous twinkle in his eye and an open invitation to relax and enjoy his company. Max referred to everyone as “George” so naturally that became his nickname. He was a loyal friend to many and was willing to help at a moment’s notice. A prankster by nature, he always had a practical joke up his sleeve and created many hilarious moments with the tricks he played on family and friends. He also enjoyed playing horseshoes and washer-toss, beating the life out of a set of drums, playing cards or just sitting and enjoying each day. A man with a great sense of humour and appreciation of the simple things in life, he will be deeply missed by the many people who knew and loved him.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro from where a Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 2 at 2 p.m. Reception to follow. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations in Max’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the ALS Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com