My deepest sympathy to you, Helen, your brothers and children in the loss of Max. Because of the life he lived and the unwavering principles that he stood for, his death is also a great loss to the community and Christianity.
I learned from his editorials through the many years at the BNB the kind of person Max was. I learned that he was dedicated to reporting the truth and what was right whether it was popular or not. And Max was an example of how anyone can achieve a good and successful life on earth if they work hard enough, be persistent enough, and pray enough.
And while I admired Max’s business success I was always most drawn to his success as a family-man. Teaching his sons to work at BNB was a good thing, but in his wisdom Max also taught them that life was not “all work and no play.” When the press was shut down at the end of the day, there was always time to pick up his guitar and have a sing-along with his sons or spend a holiday or vacation at one of the many attractions throughout the country. When he returned, Max would always share with his readers. With his skill as a writer, you almost felt you had gone along on that trip with the Gardners.
When I heard that Max had passed from this earth, I had this comforting thought that he was not really gone, but because he had instilled his principles in his sons and their sons, he left a legacy that would live on forever.
Meanwhile, Max just took another trip to receive another award, the Highest one yet --- a Mansion in Glory awarded by none other than Jesus Christ Himself!
There has never been a greater success story ever told.