I just became aware that Max Carroll had passed away. By all that I have seen written about him, Max was many things to many people. Knowing Mr. Carroll as I did, this is surely no exaggeration.
His son, David, and I have known each other since the 1970s. Thus, I have spent many hours with the Carroll family over the years.
There are a handful of men in my life that I consider a second father figure. Men that have guided me, offered wisdom, encouragement, morals, friendship and in a word ... the way to conduct oneself in life ... I am proud to say that Max is one such person. Both he and his family always made me feel welcome in their home as well as in family gatherings. I was never made to feel an outsider.
The last time I saw and spoke to Mr. Carroll, it was on his front porch where he, David and I shared chocolate ice cream. Of course, we discussed various things, and as always Max made us laugh with his wit and humor; this, he has done since I have known him.
Max has left an impression upon my life more so than I think he could possibly have imagined. He was there for me in my late teens and early 20s. Never once did he not offer his help when I needed it. We need many more men like him in our world today.
Mr. Carroll lived his life fully. He was a man of conviction and principles. Anyone who knew him is well aware of this. While I could write many things about this man, I will retain some of those special moments to myself.
I am saddened to hear of his passing. But wow, did we laugh! This is how I shall remember Max.
To Mr. Carroll’s family, I can only say that I am sorry to hear of this. You all are always in my thoughts. You will have such wonderful memories to share and to remember. Thank you for letting me into some of those so many years ago.
Godspeed, Max. I will miss you, but I will never forget you. Thank you for giving of yourself where I was concerned.
Rest in peace, old friend.
— John Duarte