George “Max” Ashdown Samuel Jr. was born on the island of Antigua on October 2nd, 1954, to George and Sigrid. He had three sisters: Claire, Lucia, and Sonia, and nine brothers: Steve, Binky, Trevor, Godfrey, Berthram, Pierre, Patrick, Fitzy and Kenny. Max attended the Antigua Grammar School in St. John’s, Antigua, and then went to college in Florida where he obtained a degree in Meteorology.
He was an exceptional student with a fierce desire for learning. After studying meteorology, he decided to pursue a medical degree. He attended The University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica. His classmates recall that he was dedicated and passionate about his studies. They also recall that he was the only one of their peers to read the unabridged version of Gray’s Anatomy from cover to cover. He religiously ran 5 miles each morning before class and was never seen without his black “Tam” hat. He fell in love and married his classmate Joyce Kellawon and together they migrated to the United States in 1982.
He practiced medicine in hospitals for many years before opening an at-home wound care practice, where he devoted the remainder of his life to caring for those who were unable to travel to a doctor’s office. His patients remember his kindness, compassion and generosity. It was not uncommon for George to visit patients on the weekends, message them on holidays, or even purchase supplies for those who were low on funds.
Outside of medicine, Max’s true passions were his family and calypso music. He attended as many carnivals throughout the Caribbean as often as he could and was always playing music in his car and on his phone. He is survived by his close friend, Janet Annandsingh, four children, George, Amanda, Alicia and Gregory, and two grandchildren, Quinn and Miles. His children recall the many road trips and vacations, his love of steakhouse dinners, watching baseball games at Yankee stadium, and most importantly, watching Serena and Venus play at the US Open.
Max passed away unexpectedly in his home at the age of 67. Although his time with us was cut short, no amount of time could have prepared us for this loss. His kindness, warmth and smile, and the deep love he felt for all of us, will live in our hearts forever.
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