August 3, 1939 – October 21, 2019
It is great sadness we announce the passing of Max Rispin.
Max was born in Napier, New Zealand and immigrated to Canada in April 1962 and Whitehorse became his home in November 2002.
Throughout Max’s passion for the North, he worked as an Elementary Teacher, Principal, Emergency Measures Coordinator, Instructor for St. John’s Ambulance, Order of St. John, Justice of the Peace and Coroner, Art Specialist/ Instructor, Reserve Training/ Commander and was One of the Principal Owners of Gwich Iwi Enterprises.
He met Enna Vittrekwa in April 1976 and they were married in February 1985 and lived a comfortable life.
Max is a beloved husband, father, brother-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. He loved and was loved by all his nephews and nieces.
There was no funeral service as Max’s request a cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in Spring 2020.
A heartfelt Mahsi’Cho to Dr. Sally McDonald, the Cancer Care Units, all the Doctors and Nurses who provided my husband with the utmost care. Thank you to my family and friends for all your support.
Bridge of Love
There is a bridge of memory,
from Earth to Heaven above.
It keeps you always near us,
It’s called the bridge of love.
May you always walk in sunshine
and God’s love around you flow,
for happiness you gave us,
no one will ever know.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you.
The day God called you home.