Remembering Max McIlwain

FAMILY and friends will celebrate the life of Max McIlwain on Wednesday.

MEMORIES: Veterans Joe Cramp, Max McIlwain and Frank Brady snapped at Anzac Day at Logan Village in 2014.

MEMORIES: Veterans Joe Cramp, Max McIlwain and Frank Brady snapped at Anzac Day at Logan Village in 2014.

Logan Village RSL sub-branch welfare officer Garry Alterator said Mr McIlwain passed away last week after a short battle with illness two hours shy of his 88th birthday. 

“He was a real character who will be sorely missed,” he said.

Mr McIlwain joined the navy in 1950 and served for six years – five in research.

​“The way he tells the story, there were two ships leaving in ‘56 – one for Korea, one for the UK. He went on the English one so he never really saw active service,” Mr Alterator said.

Mr McIlwain was also a former butcher and a Logan Village RSL favourite. 

“He did a lot of work for us securing books and memorabillia,” Mr Alterator said.

A funeral will be held at Eco Memorial Park, Stapylton, on Wednesday, March 16, at noon. 

Sub-branch members will wear medals. Family and friends are invited to take part in a poppy ceremony.

A get together follows at Logan Village RSL from 1-5pm.