80 Over Eighty Honoree – Max Weiss

Photo by Annie Ray – AnnieRayCreative.com

If you find yourself under the mistaken belief that you’re too old to be bold, please think of Max Weiss.  On his 83rd birthday, Max went skydiving. This wasn’t an isolated incident. Max is audacious. He made Halloween fun for his kids by dressing up in outrageous costumes, including once as a bodacious woman. If you ask him nicely, he may show you a photo that’s saved on his cellphone.

Max served in World War II as an air traffic controlman in French Morocco—which, if you hear him tell it–was a “pretty good gig.” Max had the trip of a lifetime when he participated in an Honor Flight to D.C. and visited the World War II and Korean War memorials. Max is proud of his service, but he doesn’t like to make a fuss about it. He’d rather tell you about the time he found himself singing on-stage with Tony Orlando and Wayne Newton in Branson, Missouri. Let’s just say his appearance had not been pre-planned.

These days, 92-year-old Max is an integral member of his condo community. He’s a welcoming figure to newcomers and encourages everyone to keep an eye out for each other.  He’s also hilarious, using his quick wit to set you at ease. Everyone knows Max from Unit 86. In fact, Max’s place is jokingly referred to as Club 86 because it’s frequented by so many.

Max was nominated by his neighbor, Calysta, for his bold spirit and caring nature toward his neighbors. She tells us:

Max is not my family member. But he exemplifies the concept that family isn’t always those with whom you share genetics, but also whom you choose. I have been honored and blessed to know him and have him as a neighbor, and my community would not be the same without him.”

For his unflinching approach to life, service to his country and community, and his sense of humor, we honor Max Weiss.


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