Hall hired to farewell Queenstowner in fatal fall

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The funeral for a popular 55-year Queenstowner who fell to his death while hunting will be at Memorial Hall on Saturday.

Community-minded former Rotary Club Queenstown president Ewan Richard Maxwell suffered a fatal fall in South Westland on Friday. 

His identity was confirmed by Franz Josef police constable Bill Parker earlier this week. 

Maxwell’s family have booked the hall in downtown Queenstown in anticipation of a large farewell for man heavily involved in sporting and community events.

Maxwell, who formerly owned Queenstown PaperPlus, latterly worked as sales manager for Print Central. 

He was a keen social cricketer and also coached the Queenstown women’s hockey team. He was Rotary Club president in 2002 and 2003.

Constable Parker says Maxwell’s Queenstown hunting companion heard him fall “and then went down and located him straightaway”. 

“He stayed there overnight then first thing the next morning walked out and raised the alarm.” 

The companion’s trek took him eight hours. 

Parker understands Maxwell’s body has been taken from Greymouth to Christchurch for a postmortem.

A long-time member of the Millbrook Cricket Club team, Maxwell went with them to the Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival in Harrogate, England, last year. 

Teammate James Denniston says he was “a great bowler and a great batsman who had a cross-bat shot that was like an Exocet missile”. 

“He was one of the nicest guys you could meet. He also had a great family.” 

Maxwell is survived by his wife Jan, the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s arts and events facilitator, and three daughters and two sons.