Dec 19, 1990 – Aug 23, 2016 (Age 25)


RITVO--Max Joseph, died on August 23, 2016 at home after a long brutal battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer. Born in Los Angeles in 1990, Max graduated from John Thomas Dye and Harvard Westlake Schools. He received his BA from Yale in 2013 and his MFA from Columbia University in...

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AS a polio survive, age twelve, I exchanged climbing trees with longboned legs for climbing visions: writing in staves of muxi in my hospital bed, then back out into the new world, changed as though irradiated by light. I lie with Max in the rain in the whie bed exultant at life.
Lynn Strongin
Pulitzer Prize in literature
age 78

To the family,
I send my sincerest condolences. The swift do not always win the race, nor do the mighty win the battle, nor do the wise always have the food, nor do the intelligent always have the riches, nor do those with knowledge always have success, because time and unexpected events overtake them all.-Ecclesiastes 9:11


I'm so sorry that I never had the opportunity of meeting you, Max. Our families have something in common. My sister, Carol, died of Ewings sarcoma when she was fifteen and I was thirteen. After diagnosis and treatment she lived for eight months. Perhaps you will meet and then join the troupe of angels that preceded you both. Bless you in your new adventure.

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Ed & Riva,
So sorry to learn of your loss of Max. Your nurturance brought his gifts to the world. Molly and I send our love and heartfelt condolence.
Bill & Molly McMahon

Just read some of his great and moving poems on Boston Review's site. Didn't know his work. What a loss! I'll certainly get his book in the Fall.

Leave a message in Max's in peace you might be dead but you will never be forgetten ***lots of love

I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort, be with your family during this time. Remember that one day soon- death, sickness, all the things that plague us as mankind will be a thing of the past.