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David ‘John’ Maxfield “Old Poss”

David ‘John’ Maxfield “Old Poss”

27th January 1941 - 3rd October 2021


John passed away peacefully at Castlemaine Hospital on 3rd October 2021 aged 80 years.

Loving husband to Heather, father to Greg and Heather, Cheryl, Raelene and Jason.

Pa to Jarrod and Janelle, Naomi and Andrew, David and Eliza, Millie and Lonnie.

GPa to Poppy, Pia, Lila, Ryan and Mia. 

Dearly loved by his furbabies Bonnie, Ted, Harvey and Tully.


Sad is the heart that loves you,

silent the tears still fall,

living my life without you,

will be the hardest part of all.

Your loving wife Heather.


You never failed to do your best,

your heart was true and tender,

you simply lived for those you loved,

and those you loved remember.

Love Cheryl


Our heartfelt thanks to Dr Jay Mungi, Dr Louise Bettiol and Castlemaine Palliative Care nurses

for the love and care given to John and our family.


A funeral service will be held for John on Monday 11th October commencing at 11.00am. 

Due to the current covid restrictions, the service will be private and attendance is by invitation only.


You may however like to join us at the service via livestream.

To do this, please return to the home page of this website and click on the livestream button.

The service will be live approximately 5-10 minutes prior to commencing.


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19 responses to “David ‘John’ Maxfield “Old Poss””

  1. David Williamson says:

    It’s with shock and sadness that I learn of John’s passing.
    My deepest and sincere condolences to Heather, Family & many friends.
    Thank you John for the fun times we had together in volunteer roles andyour compassion and care for others.
    Rest in peace.
    David Williamson

  2. Matt Rowley says:

    What a great man.
    What a great mate.
    “Measure once and cut twice”
    See ya “Old Boy”
    Matt Rowley

  3. Helen Johnston says:

    John a true gentleman never forgotten.
    Condolences to the Maxfield family.
    Helen, Phil, Keegan and Shylah.

  4. Rachel McCash says:

    UJ (Uncle John) you always appeared larger than life and so I can hardly believe you are gone. I will never forget your laughter, and your passion for the cricket. I’m heading off to Notts Oldest Pub to raise a pint in your honour. Love NR (Niece Rachel) x

  5. Marilyn Bennet says:

    Dear Heather and Greg and family,
    We are so very saddened to hear of the passing of your husband and father – we are thinking of you at this time and do think of you quite often, especially when we sail out over the bay.
    Hope you are holding up well at this time.
    Love from Ian and Mazza

  6. Peter and Barb Cuffley says:

    It is with the deepest sadness we learn of John’s passing. Our sincere condolences to Heather and Cheryl, our dear neighbours for many, many years. What happy memories we have of all being together at our Christmas parties. John was the dearest man and he will be remembered with much love. May he now Rest In Peace.
    Peter and Barb Cuffley.

  7. Graeme and Angela Jones says:

    John you were such a great family man, hard working, community minded, welcoming and showing empathy with the needs of others.
    You have been such a help to us over the years because of your skills and expertise. You made up the plans for our house, guided us through the council approval and now 55 years later we are still grateful for your wisdom of putting in wide eaves and having a northerly aspect.
    Graeme and Angela Jones

  8. Colleen Garsed says:

    My sincere condolences go to John’s family.
    John was one of the loveliest people that I have had the privilege to meet which was bought about through our shared love of animals.
    A sincere and gentle man who will be sadly missed by many.
    Rest in Peace John.
    Colleen Garsed

  9. Bryan Maxfield says:

    What a wonderful brother.
    An amazing man, loved by all, and now at peace.
    With all our love,
    Bryan, Fay, Corinne, Craig, Stuart, Amanda, Jesse, Zoe & Charlotte xoxox

  10. Deb says:

    My sincere condolences to my Friends Heather & Cheryl, & their families.
    It is with a very heavy heart that I received the sad news of John’s passing.
    I had the pleasure of meeting John while Heather & I met in hospital, approx 8 years ago & a friendship began.
    In the time I knew John I found him to be a true gentleman with a big heart, always keen to help others where possible.
    He had a quick wit, a great sense of humour & laugh & was a easy man to talk to.
    John loved his Family deeply & was a very proud husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather.
    And loved his Fur Babies immensely.
    There is no doubt John touched many people’s hearts throughout his life.
    You will be missed by many John.
    I am truly thankful that our paths crossed & a Friendship formed, for that I will treasure.
    I will always be there for Heather & Cheryl.
    Deb & Family.

  11. Geoff Webb says:

    We got to know John over the last 20 years from both, he & Heather camping at Echo Bend Camping Park at Easter.
    While on holidays, John would always want to be doing odd jobs and major ones about the Camp Park.
    Idy’s residence, the sewing room, picnic tables and the stone entrance to the Camp Park.
    Over the years, we became true friends. Conversation around the camp fire was endless.
    It was a privilege to have known John.
    John you can now fly in with the swallows at dusk.
    Geoff,Julie & family XXX

  12. Jonathan Saville says:

    Truly sad and disappointed to hear of John’s passing.
    Thanks so much to John and the Maxfield family for introducing me to camping and the Mitchell River NP way back in 1973 … you changed my life forever.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys.
    Jonathan and Sharyn Saville

  13. Robyn Stanton says:

    Always such a gentle man with kind smiling eyes.
    John will be so much missed by his family and all who knew him.
    Robyn Stanton

  14. Jonathan and Sharyn Saville says:

    Truly sad and disappointed to hear of John’s passing.
    Thanks so much to John and the Maxfield family for introducing me to camping and the Mitchell River NP way back in 1973 … you changed my life forever.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys.
    Jonathan and Sharyn Saville

  15. Kurt & Corliss Searcey says:

    Heather, Cheryl and family.
    A great bloke.
    Sorry to hear of his passing.
    R.I.P. John. Remembering John.
    A hello to all the family.
    Kurt & Corliss

  16. Craig Skeates says:

    Thankyou John for all the great laughs at the Maxfield, Gibney, Talbot and Bantoff Christmas parties.
    I hope that you are now enjoying a drink with George and Evan.
    May you rest in peace.
    Our deepest sympathies to Heather, Cheryl, Raelene, Jason with Love Craig Skeates, Andrea Gibney

  17. Janelle Ager says:

    To Heather Cheryl and family,
    So sorry for your loss.
    John will be sadly missed.
    May he R.I.P

  18. Barbara Templar says:

    To my dear friends ❤ love you all.
    We all had good times together especially Xmas Egg Nog.
    I am here if needed love always 💕 xxx
    Barbara Templar

  19. Greg and Heather Maxfield says:

    Hey Dad, Pa,
    Want to catch up someday, wherever you are, whether it’s for an unforgettable dinner and drinks at Clover Cottage, a cold frothy around a warm fire at Glenaladale or a day spent building something side by side, this shitty planet is a lesser place without you, you cranky old bastard, love you, always have, always will.
    Gregory John and Heather May xxx

Funeral Details

11th October 2021 at 11:00 AM