Maidwell gets sports man’s farewellPOSTED: 05/16/11 12:08 PM
St. Maarten – Malcolm Maidwell, one of the men responsible for the Around the Island Relay, will be remembered for a number of others things, but most of all he will be remembered as a man that had a vision and the ability to mobilize people from all walks of life. This was evidenced Saturday when multiple generations attended a memorial service that was held at the Kimsha Beach.
Maidwell, who is originally from South Africa, lost a prolonged battle to prostate cancer on Sunday May 8 at the age of 73 and he has left tom mourn his lifelong companion, Liz and his four children Mark, Michael, Suzie and Debbie. Maidwell, a boat builder, came to St Maarten in the late 60’s and quickly became a very popular man. His involvement in running, cycling, triathlons and kayaking has allowed him to make hundreds of friends and he was even decorated by Queen Beatrix for his unstinting contribution to sports on this friendly island.
In accordance with Maidwell’s wishes scores of cyclists and motorcyclists assembled at the Maidwell’s residence in La Samanna to start the first leg of the final journey of his earthly remains. From La Samanna, the motorcade proceeded in a clockwise manner towards Port De Plaisance where the ashes was handed over to a group of runners which included Suzie Piscionne and Mark Maidwell. The next stop was Kim Sha Beach where a short ceremony was held before a group of kayakers included Liz Maidwell and her children departed with the ashes on its final journey a few hundred meters off shore.
Sympathizers were afforded a rare opportunity to view a variety of memorabilia including images of Mr Maidwell as a young man and as an adult even on his wedding day.