Richard A. Maxwell


Richard A. Maxwell, 88, died Sept. 28, 2016, at his home in St. Augustine. He was born on Oct. 7, 1927, in Hastings on the Hudson, NY, to Richard Meade and Frances Maxwell. He grew up with his sister, Jean, in Hicksville, Long Island. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict.

Dick graduated from Seton Hall University with a BS degree and later received his MBA from New York University. He also completed the Harvard University program for management development.

A 39-year veteran of the insurance brokerage industry, Dick began his career with C. R. Black Jr. Corporation, now the Willis Corporation, the third-largest insurance brokerage firm in the United States. He retired from Willis as Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing.

After retiring, Dick moved to Ponte Vedra Beach and joined the Sawgrass Country Club, where he had been a member ever since. Dick was a faithful member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church and he volunteered at the St. Johns County Sheriff Department for many years.

Dick was a loving husband and family man. He is survived by his beloved wife of more than 65 years, Mary Maxwell; seven children, Mary Jo (Steve) Johnson of Dover, MA; Richard B. (Kathy) Maxwell of Naples, FL; Robert Maxwell of Saint Augustine, FL; Kevin (Ellen) Maxwell of Cohasset, MA; Terry (Jim) Heard of Roswell, GA; Carol (John Blough) Harrison of Washington Crossing, PA; and Diane (Steve) Wetzel of Freehold, NJ; 14 grandchildren, Eric (Jessica) Johnson, Brian and Colleen Maxwell, Ethan and Eamon Maxwell, Kelsey, Megan, Paige and Matthew Heard, Kelly and Billy Harrison and Sean, Ryan and Scott Wetzel; and two great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Ace Johnson.

All who knew Dick couldn’t help but be impressed by his love for his family as well as his wisdom and integrity. He also had an uncanny ability to draw people in through his stories about the Navy, the insurance industry and everyday family life.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra Beach. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. Please sign the online guestbook at