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Max used his skills to help other people
8:00am Saturday 25th August 2012 in Evesham
A BIG-hearted Pinvin man well known for his culinary skills and his unstinting support of numerous charities at home and abroad has died aged 78.
Max Dawe’s love of food began as a teenager when he joined the Merchant Navy as a cook. He put his skills to good use when he left the service due to injury, starting his own mobile business Dawe Catering, which he ran from his village home along with wife Jeanette.
He provided food for a number of charities all over Worcestershire for more than 40 years, always willing to show his support for groups including Meals on Wheels and the Chernobyl Children’s Project, as well as ensuring Pinvin’s older population were well fed and watered at their regular get-togethers.
His sister Dianne Sharp said he would be remembered as a generous man who would always go out of his way to help people.
“He will be missed by so many people,” she said.
Friend Bron Sloan also paid tribute to the late Mr Dawe who accompanied her on many trips to the Central American country of El Salvador on mercy missions to improve the lives of destitute street children.
“I am absolutely devastated. He came with me on the last eight trips and even though he spoke no Spanish other than ‘hola’ and ‘adios’, his generous and friendly nature meant the kids adored him.
“He was a delight to travel with – it was a long distance trip but it was always a pleasure to be with him,” she said.
Mr Dawe and wife Jeanette had no children but were big dog lovers, in particular German Shepherds, with Zena the latest object of their affections. He had two sisters, Dianne and Carolyn, and a brother, Michael.
A private family funeral takes place tomorrow but all those who knew him will have the chance to pay their respects at a memorial service in Pershore Abbey in September, on a date to be confirmed.