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Jim “Max” Maxwell Beaver

October 18, 1951 - June 6, 2018 West Grove, PA | Age 66 Loving Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend.

Jim “Max” Maxwell Beaver of West Grove, PA passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in hospice at Jenner’s Pond, Jennersville, PA.

Born in Sunbury, PA, he was the son of Marjorie Lorraine (Spitler) Beaver and the late Jim C. Beaver. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one sister, Andrea L. Tidlow and her husband John of Abingdon, VA, and his nephew Graham Tidlow and niece Jillian Tidlow. He was predeceased by one sister, Tamara Jill Beaver.

Max was a member of Avon Grove High School Class of ’69. He graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.  He was an actor, stagehand, stage combat instructor and a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 284.

Max enjoyed theatre, film and telling stories.  The trivia of life became high adventure when he told it.  He loved history and would have been gratified to know that he died on D-Day. Known as “Jimmy” in his early years, “Jim” and then professionally as “Max” , he was a kind and generous man whose friends were dear to him. He cherished the bonds with family, college roommates, former wife Kate, lady-love Cyndi and his IATSE brothers and sisters. 

As per Max’s wishes, his body was donated to science.  There will be no funeral.  Interment services will be private.

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 Arrangements by the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home, West Grove, PA.

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  1. Jimmy (as he was called when I knew him at AGHS) was always one of the good guys, one everyone liked and respected for his kindness, intelligence, wit, humility, confidence and authenticity. May his family and all his loved ones find comfort in knowing he made a memorable impression on all who were fortunate to know him.

    Michael Corby | July 21, 2018 at 8:59 PM
  2. Beaver Family,
    I never officially met Max but I do remember him coming into Mr. Beavers English classroom my freshman year up AGHS.
    I found it interesting that Mr. Beaver dressed up proper in suit and tie had a son wearing a leather motorcycle jacket and maybe a beard.
    Later on Mr. Beaver would tell me about Max and an acquaintance of his. I think his name was Bruce Springsteen.
    I could never get the fact straight on that story till this summer. I read an article in the Delaware Today magazine how Max and the Beaver Family took over managed and maintained the Children Playhouse Theater in Wilmington De. For extra theater income rented lights and sound to a young Bruce Springsteen. Max sounded like a wonderful son. Be at peace knowing he is in heaven today with Mr. Beaver.

    MICHAEL CONNER | June 18, 2018 at 6:28 PM
  3. A gentle and caring man! I will never forget the canoe trip with Max and Cyndi!! Rest In Peace Max.

    Peggy Alavarez | June 13, 2018 at 9:02 PM
  4. Dear Mrs. Beaver and family

    Will always remember Jim as that funny, handsome, and kind young man I graduated with from AGHS.

    Deepest sympathies,
    Linda Matson Smith

    Linda Smith | June 12, 2018 at 7:26 PM
  5. Did you know that when we were in high school, Max taught me to jitterbug? He would twirl me around, fling me into the air and catch me, whoosh me between his legs and pull me smoothly up again. When I first visited him in hospice I said, “I guess this means we’re not going dancing this weekend.”
    “Maybe the next,” he replied.
    I loved that dancing boy, and I loved that battered but unbowed man joking on his deathbed. Heaven laughs when we say goodbye, so I will only say, “Max, when we meet again, let’s be wearing our dancing shoes so we can cut a rug.”

    June Sitko | June 12, 2018 at 4:36 PM
  6. Max was a wonderful friend to me. I enjoyed our weekly dinners with him and Lorraine. It was always a treat to see what experiment they came up with. I’ll miss you.

    Karen Smith | June 12, 2018 at 3:36 PM
  7. I am sad to hear this. When I was a young girl, Jimmy was my brothers friend and I had such a crush on you. I have often wondered what happened to you. The world wil miss you.

    Shirley Blackburn | June 12, 2018 at 11:52 AM
  8. I will never forget the wonderful trip down the Brandywine with Max and Cyndi! What a amazing and gentle man he was and a pleasure to be around. Rest In Peace Max!

    Peggy Alavarez | June 12, 2018 at 12:11 AM
  9. Max was such a kind and thoughtful man! We had many memorable days when he visited here at the beach. He will be missed.

    Louise Wingate | June 11, 2018 at 9:20 PM
  10. Dear Lorraine and Andrea,
    I am so sorry to hear of Max’s passing. May the wonderful memories you have sustain you now and in the future.

    Marie Ricketts | June 11, 2018 at 8:54 PM
  11. I loved all of Max’s stories and the many philosophical discussions we had. I loved his intellect and sense of humor. You will be missed.

    Lois Grasso | June 11, 2018 at 8:39 PM
  12. To the family of Jim (MAX) Beaver. I had the pleasure of being in Jim’s class and graduating with him. He was always such a nice guy and was so funny in his own way. I also was very luck to have visited with him at Jenner’s Pond a couple years ago and we started our conversation like we had never stop. So RIP, my friend. Till we meet again. May God comfort the family and give them strength to get through this terrible loss💗

    LINDA SHUPE HUGHES | June 11, 2018 at 5:32 PM
  13. Lorraine and Andrea
    I will forever hold Max in my heart with his smile and love of family and friends.
    My heart aches for both of you

    Jeanne Tompkins | June 11, 2018 at 5:15 PM

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