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Dana Clayton Maxwell

September 6th, 1964 - June 2nd, 2023
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MAXWELL, Dana Clayton, 58, was born September 6, 1964 in Toronto ON and passed away on June 2, 2023 in Abbotsford BC.  He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Lynne Maxwell, Toronto ON.  Mourned by his sisters Lynda (Lorne) Keen, Kamloops BC and Angela Stevens, Toronto ON.  Dana will be sadly missed by stepmom Barb Maxwell, brothers Richard (Janice) Lewis, Shawn (Debbie) Bradshaw, Todd (Charmaine) Bradshaw, sisters Carolyn Bradshaw, Crystal Parsons and father figure Lynval Blake, all of Greater Toronto, and many relatives, including aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  His special family Ray “Boss Man” and Aman Gill and their children, his coworkers and numerous friends also mourn his loss.  Predeceased by his parents Elaine W. Maxwell, David W. Maxwell, brothers David A. Maxwell, Tracey Bradshaw, sister Linda Bradshaw, brother-in-law Fredrick Stevens, nephew Danny Morales.

Dana was a truck driver for over 30 years, driving long haul in Canada and the U.S. then garbage trucks then driving heavy haul – lumber, military equipment, vans, B-trains - flat decks, low bed, and Sea Cans across Canada. 

In his younger years, he played football, hockey, had a record in swimming the breaststroke and loved watching WWF and Gene Autry movies with his daughter Stephanie.  Sadly, he struggled with addiction.

He was versatile in his work – landscaping, drywall, renovating a house but his passion was driving trucks and teasing Angela.  He helped other drivers tarp, tie down and secure their loads properly, was eager to teach and could easily point out when things were not being done right.  His struggle with dyslexia from a young age was evident but he was always positive.  He pursued his dreams and recently had bought a motorcycle and was working on getting his bike license, hoping to ride with “Brother-in-Law” Lorne. 

The saying amongst the family was “Dana is Dana”.  He was unconventional and didn’t stress about the “rules”.  He had a good singing voice but seldom knew all the words to the song.  That didn’t stop him – he just made up his own words.  He’d get all dressed up to go places but… He wasn’t worried about money at all. Truth is he wasn’t even worried about retirement – he had the Dana plan. 

Driving truck afforded Dana the opportunity to visit family and friends across Canada and he worked that into his schedule whenever he could.  “Boss Man” Ray says Dana knew everybody in every shop across Canada.  He loved that he had nieces and nephews.  He was personable, even charismatic.  He could strike up a conversation with anybody and everybody, could tell a good story and had a heart for wanting to help people.  

Dana, you left us too soon, but we know that you have a place with God in heaven and that one day we’ll see you again.

Keep on truckin’  

                                                                                                                         “love love” 


Celebration of Life – Maple Ridge, BC

Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m.

Fraserview Community Hall, 22610 116 Ave. 

Funeral Service – Toronto, ON

Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

First Baptist Church, 101 Huron St.

Interment – Truro, NS

Sunday, August 6, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

Truro (Robie Street) Cemetery, 125 Robie St.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to The Salvation Army Canada, In Memory of Dana Maxwell would be appreciated. 

To contribute online, go to click on the DONATE button, scroll down to Give in Honour/Memoriam, and follow the instructions. 

Or donations can be made over the phone at 1-800-Sal-Army (725-2769). 

Charitable Registration Number: 10795 1618 RR0001



Danny Morales
July 23rd, 2023
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My little brother Dana, it is so painful that you are gone. I had my moments just thinking about you and the good times we had together. You will be missed my brother and you will always be in my heart.
May the Lord bless all your love one's.

R.I.P Dana Maxwell, "till we meet again.

Danny Morales
July 23rd, 2023

My little brother Dana, it is so painful that you are gone. I had my moments just thinking about you and the good times we had together. You will be missed my brother and you will always be in my heart.
May the Lord bless all your love one's.

R.I.P Dana Maxwell, "till we meet again.

Byron Griffith
July 16th, 2023

Dana was my neighbor from when he was 10 years ole. He was always a mischievous individual. But we always Loved him. He is in the hands of the Lord with his parents and Big Brother David. He will be greatly missed. RIP 🙏

Laurie Clyke
July 10th, 2023

To The Maxwell/Jones Families

Sending Sincere Condolences on your loss of Dana Maxwell. It has been many years since I last saw Dana. However, memories live on and I remember Dana spent many summers in his younger years visiting family and getting into mischief in Truro, NS.
Sincere Sympathy,
Laurie Clyke

Mariana Elizabeth M
July 10th, 2023

My deepest condolences to all the Family my good friend going to missed u so much 😢 💔 no more texting for hrs looking ur pictures on FB ur gardening and never got to ride ur motorcycle but one day we will do that and c each other farewell in heaven my friend ❤️ love ya

Andre V. Jones
July 10th, 2023
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This is so hard on us all. You've been my right hand man ever since I came into this world and now Jah has you amongst the other greats. Cuz'n you have blessed our lives with love and kindness. There is and never will be another like you Dana. The adventures we always went on together were always more than what Hollywood could ever conjure. My tears are running now because I don't have you around to pull me up for when ever I'm feeling down. I still feel your essence, like I do with our parents...uncles and aunts...and any other loved ones that have traveled on, I have that gift. So I know you are safe and sound. I will continue to play the jams we love and stomp my feet as you continue to watch over me, as I continue to watch over our family. Thanks for being in my life.

Angela Walls
July 10th, 2023

Sincere condolences to the Family. Rest in God’s Arms Dana . Sending Love and Prayers to the Family

July 10th, 2023

Dana was a great man he's be truly missed I remember meeting him danny bring him to our home to met our daughter shylaa he used have alot of stories to tell about his adventures I'm truly sad hearing about his passing but I know he's up there with Danny and everyone else he truly was a angel miss his energetic energy always had everyone laughing may he rest in peace 🙏 ❤️😪

July 9th, 2023

My thoughts are with the family during this difficult season in life. My prayers are that you continue to walk in GOD'S Peace, Love and Strength and allow yourselves to rest in HIS arms.
I love you and will continue to hold the Family up in prayer.

With love overflowing,

Sonya, Brandon and Cheyenne

Roger B Jones
July 7th, 2023

I'm surprised there was no mention of dancing! It was a long time ago, but I will never forget visiting Toronto and watching Dana dance. Boy could he move! Coming from small-town Nova Scotia to the big city, it was always a bit of cultural shock. Life was faster and everything was more modern, but the big difference was having access to the new music and dance styles. Although I was older, Dana was the king. It was thrilling to watch him perform in the various dance competitions or just fooling around with his sisters and brothers.

Nephew, I will always cherish those memories.


Bonnie Joe-Leonn
July 7th, 2023

How do I describe Dana? My little cousin. I stayed older by a year but you got bigger by the time I was 4. And loved to pat me on the top of my head from then until the last time I saw you. Never knew when you might show up anywhere. But always heard when you did. I will miss your smile and laughter. Rest in peace, dear cousin. 💕

Rita Adams
July 7th, 2023

I still love you today even though you’re not here. You were the only man I ever said yes to when you asked me to marry you. Unfortunately it never happened but I never stopped loving you.
I pray you’re at peace now. Im blessed to have been able to have a friendship with you after everything we went through. Rest in peace Dana

John & Edie Maxwell
July 6th, 2023

Our sincere sympathies to all the Maxwell Family and the Friends that Dana left behind that will miss him dearly but the beautiful memories will remain with them. We will continue to keep the Family in prayer.

Love and Blessings,
John and Edie Maxwell

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