Maxwell Walker
1994 - 2015
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Maxwell Galbraith Walker

A light went out. Maxwell Galbraith Walker, born January 15, 1994, lost his battle with drug addiction on December 15, 2015 while undergoing treatment at Hazelden Betty Ford in St. Paul, Minnesota. We have no reason to believe that he intended to end his life, but rather that he thought "this time will be different" when he used drugs in the early hours of that day while residing at HBF. By all accounts, including ours, he was very happy with his job, his new girlfriend, and life in general.
Everything that Max endeavored showed his keen intellect, love of people, and goofy positive spirit. Few, but Max himself, knew the dark shadow that drugs cast over his life. In his short life, he did much to touch so many people. He leaves us with deep sadness, wondering why this had to happen.
He is survived by his mother Bridget Flynn Walker, father Michael Walker, brothers Wheeler and Liam, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial will be held December 29, 2015, 11am at the Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Max Walker's name to Open Recovery's Project Choice, a non-profit dedicated to prevention education and programs for youth in San Francisco and the Bay Area at or 1170 Market St., 6th Floor, San Francisco 94106.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Dec. 22 to Dec. 26, 2015.
Memorial service
11:00 AM
Lake Merced Golf Club
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April 15, 2016
I just found out that Max has passed away. He was so kind and intelligent. I will never forget him. My deepest Condolences to his family. Thank you Bridget for taking the time to speak with me.
Beza Biskar
January 15, 2016
Dear Michael and family,
My sincerest sympathy goes out to your family. I will keep you in my prayers. Peg McAllister
January 2, 2016
Dear Bridget,
My heart goes out to you and your family, and I send my deepest condolences. I've donated to Center for Open Recovery in Max's memory.
You are in my thoughts during this sorrowful time.
Paul Abrinko
January 1, 2016
Dear Bridget and Michael,

We are so sad to hear about Max's passing. We'll always remember him as the bright, sensitive young man who he was.
Although we haven't seen each other since our days at MA, please know that our hearts are with you right now.

With our deepest sympathy and love,

Abbie and Rob Korman
December 31, 2015
Michael - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of deep sorrow and sadness.

Jamie Yurk
December 29, 2015
Much peace and joy to the Walker family - mom and dad, and brothers ~ I, too, commit to promoting the fight against this disease.
Monica's mom
Cynthia Skinner
December 28, 2015
Our heartfelt condolences to Liam and your entire family!
We are deeply sorry for your loss and will keep you all in our prayers!

The Hilbrich Sheppard Family
December 28, 2015
I heard the news today of your loss, and my heartfelt condolences go out to your family.

Stewart Duboff
December 27, 2015
We heard about Max's passing today while visiting our son Remington in Vancouver BC. Rem was a classmate of Max's at The Laurel School. He spent a vacation with us at Sea Ranch so we got to know Max well. So sad to hear this news and our heart goes out to his family and those he left behind. I wish we could attend the memorial but we will be flying back to San Francisco during this time. Remington was quite upset to hear this news as well. Our deepest sympathy
Julie and Steve Cox and Remington
Julie Cox
December 27, 2015
I am so sorry to read that your son succumbed to the disease. I am sure he was a wonderful person and it is a tragedy that another person, particularly one so young, lost his battle with addiction.
L Shapiro
December 25, 2015
It is very kind of you to speak openly about your son's condition. Few people do that. May that openness be rewarded.
December 25, 2015
My sincere sympathies to the Walker Family. I'm so sorry for your loss. May God the Hearer of Prayer bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time-Isaiah 65:17
December 24, 2015
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