Donald D. Maydwell, 80, Holmesburg Prison guard, deputy sheriff detective, was great storyteller

By on September 21, 2016

Donald D. Maydwell, 80, of Denver; born in the Bronx, New York, N.Y.; and formerly of Philadelphia and Ephrata; passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.

He joins his lovely wife, Elizabeth Anne Shoemaker Maydwell, in eternal peace.

Donald was a Redemptorist brother who later became a married man. He and Elizabeth had six children, Maureen Schwendiman, Jude D. Maydwell, Jerry Maydwell, Joseph Maydwell, Missy Maydwell Andreoni, and Anthony and Shawna Maydwell.

Early in his married life he worked as a custodian at St. Dominic’s Church in Philadelphia. He then became a prison guard, and worked at Holmesburg Prison for many years. He also worked at City Hall in Philadelphia and eventually became a deputy sheriff detective. In 1979, he was injured in the line of duty and broke his neck and his back in a car accident while serving warrants.

If you knew Donald you know that he had a good sense of humor, loved to tell stories and was extremely involved in the church. Donald was an active 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and he was a Past Grand Knight. He had a strong willed personality and he always extended offers to help others who were less fortunate.

Please offer your prayers for his soul and for The Maydwell Family. We will miss you, Dad. You and Mom are together now. Love, your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and relatives.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Ephrata, on Sept. 20. Interment was private.

To send online condolences, visit Paul L. Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, had charge of the arrangements.

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