EXETER — Maxwell Marcus has worn many hats over the years with various organizations throughout the borough, and his commitment to bettering the community has not gone unnoticed.
Because of that commitment, borough mayor Denise Adams has named Marcus Citizen of the Month for February, a new monthly award she will bestow upon a different resident each month.
“It’s to recognize people that do a little bit extra out of the kindness of their heart for the town and for their fellow neighbors to make the town a little bit better,” she said.
The award is sponsored by Sabatini’s Pizza, and Marcus was nominated by its owner Lindo Sabatini.
“If you need to know the history of Exeter, he’s the guy,” Sabatini said. “He’s been here his entire life and, if you need to know something, he’ll tell you. If you asked him ‘Max, what business was in this building in 1960?’ he’d be able to tell you. He’s lived in and loved Exeter his whole life.”
Marcus, 71, has been involved with numerous organizations throughout the borough, including the VFW, and he’s a former commander of the American Legion.
He’s also a local history buff, especially when it comes to one specific event that helped shape the West Side.
“This is what got me started, but where was the Battle of Wyoming fought?” he asked. “It was fought in Exeter. People don’t know it; they say Wyoming and that annoys me.”
Marcus is a 1964 graduate of Exeter Borough High School.
After high school, he attended King’s College until 1968, but was shipped overseas at the age of 22 to serve in the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1971.
When he returned home, he attended Villanova and graduated in 1975 with a Masters Degree in Government and Politics and went straight into the working world.
“I worked for the IRS for a bunch of years,” Marcus said.”I also worked for Master Chemical for a bunch of years. That’s about 30 working years.”
Being named Exeter’s first Citizen of the Month comes as an honor for Marcus.
“That’s a high honor,” he said. “I’ve never gotten anything, but Denise knows me. We graduated high school together.”
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