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Kenneth Maxfield

March 27, 1932 — January 23, 2024


Kenneth Maxfield

With the deepest sorrow, we announce the passing of Kenneth Maxfield, age 91, on January 23, 2024.

Ken was the loving husband of Marja Leena for 60 years as well as the cherished and ever-proud father of Jeannine and Jason.

Born in Sheffield, England, the only child of parents Ernest Richard and Violet, he never stopped talking, writing, and reading about his beloved first home. It was there that he cultivated a dual love for bike racing and the Yorkshire Dales, which he rode many miles across with his late, dear friend, Roy. Following the Tour de France then became a life-long ritual.

Ken arrived in Canada in 1952. He found camaraderie and comfort in Midland, Ontario, during difficult early days. While pursuing work in Toronto, he met Leena and they married in 1964. With their two children, they settled in Mississauga, home for the next five decades.

Professionally, Ken achieved wide success as a graphic designer and artistic director. He worked hard and embraced his work. Fundamentally, he was an artist and observed the world and people with the heart and mind of one. He loved and treasured the magnificence of a blooming orchid, the stillness of a mourning dove, and the magic of his backyard tomatoes coming to life. He loved and admired Henry Moore, Picasso, Japanese brush painting, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and Luciano Pavarotti. He also loved and relished good company. Indeed, he shone with every opportunity to connect with people and to tell a story. He was a bright light who brought richness, insight, and good humour to the lives of others.

More than anything, Ken loved his family. He often said that it was on meeting Leena that he found his way and his joy. Of Jeannine and Jason, he was forever deeply proud. No father could have touched his children with more love and encouragement. His greatest legacy is that love.

At home, alongside of his family, caregivers, and palliative care team, Ken courageously tackled illness. He passed away at Ian Anderson House, in Oakville, with his family at his side. Even in the grip of unwellness, Ken made a point of acknowledging and thanking everyone who cared for him and who became such an important part of his world. The family is deeply grateful for the attentive medical care and compassionate support of Dr. Justin Chopra, Demetra Koutroumbas (NP), Dr. Chouaib Redouane, and nurses Ihor, Irina, and Sarah. For giving love, life, and critical personal support to Ken, the family also extends a most special thank you to Rose, Patricia, and Natalia. His goodness and spiritedness will be very deeply missed not only by his family and relatives but also by his caregivers and friends.

Ken will be honoured in a private memorial service. Donations to Ian Anderson House, the Dorothy Ley Hospice, the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Salvation Army would be truly appreciated.

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