Local hero succumbs to skin cancer

Max Hutchinson

Max Hutchinson was a Sydney boy, but he moved to Tasmania when he was 20, married a Burnie girl and never looked back. He fell in love in 1952, built a family and spent a lifetime supporting them and the Tasmanian community.

He spent hours under the sun as a member and Club Captain of the Burnie Surf Lifesaving Club. He was also State Surf Lifesaving Superintendent and was privileged to attend the 1956 Olympics as part of the demonstration team. Later in life, his passion for surf Lifesaving was taken up by several of his grandchildren.

When the family moved to Strahan, Max threw himself into community life of the small town. He was a stringer for the ABC, a Scout master, Captain of the Rural Fire Service and a member of the Strahan Marine Board.

After seeing how painful unamicable divorces can be for children, Max and his wife Beth, helped establish Roland Children’s Services to create contact centres for families going through separations. These centres provided safe places for children and their families to meet while going through problematic separations.

Its possible Max is most widely known for his work with Rotary and the Burnie Agricultural and Pastoral Society. He joined Rotary in 1971, becoming President of the Rotary Club of East Burnie from 1981-1982. He was Assistant District Governor from 1999-2000 and was awarded a Paul Harris fellow. Max has variously been Treasurer, President, Life Member and Patron of the show society since 1971.

Max was a man of faith and contributed to his church community too. He was a regular congregant at, St George’s, the Anglican church in which he was married. During the 1990’s he was a member of the Anglican Church in Tasmania’s Diocesan Council and Treasurer.

In 2008 he was awarded the OAM for services to Burnie through social-welfare, agricultural, service and business organisations.

He led an incredibly fulsome life, packed with adventure and laughter. He travelled around Australia and visited the UK, Europe, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Mexico and the USA. There wasn’t much he didn’t have a go at. He even went bungee jumping when he was in his 60’s.

He was an incredibly loving husband, supportive father, proud grandfather and great grandfather. He leaves behind his wife: Beth; three children: Douglas, Richard, Dianne;  grandchildren: David, Susan, Luke, Josh, Tess, Sarah and Emily; great grandchildren: Jordin, Jaylee, Layla, Fray, Koby, Harper, Jasper, and Brody; and his little companion Molly.

Max died from complications from metastatic skin cancer, a reminder of the impact of cumulative exposure to harmful UV rays. His funeral will be held on Thursday 19th March at 2pm at Vincent’s Parklands Chapel, 113 Bass Highway. It will also be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s