John Arthur Ewen

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Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home Inc
110 Limerock St
Rockland, ME

TOPSHAM / VINALHAVEN - John Arthur Ewen, 90, passed away on Dec. 9, 2018, at The Highlands in Topsham, Maine, surrounded by his loving family including his devoted wife of 69 years, Carol. John, also known as 'Jack', will be remembered as a person who enjoyed life (especially boat house celebrations), his friends, his family, telling jokes, sailing on Penobscot Bay, and living on Vinalhaven, even though he was 'from away'!

Jack attended Penn State and graduated from Temple University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He was a warrant officer in the US Army and served in occupied Japan and South Korea. He and Carol married in 1949 in Meriden, Conn. Jack worked for IBM for over 30 years, holding various management positions. He enjoyed assignments in England, where he moved with his family in the late 1960s, and served as General Manager IBM Vietnam. He and Carol departed Vietnam just days before the fall of Saigon in 1975. From there, they moved on to Jakarta, where Jack was the General Manager of IBM Indonesia. In his retirement on Vinalhaven, Jack was an active member of the American Legion and the local Lions Club.

Jack was predeceased by his mother and father, and his two sisters, Elizabeth and Margaret. He is survived by his loving wife Carol, and his family whom he loved dearly: his sister Nancy and brother-in-law Norman; his son John and his former wife Kathryn, his son Peter and his former wife Patricia, his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Timothy; his granddaughters Margaret, Mary, Kathleen, Caroline, and Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews who all have fond memories of 'Uncle Jack'.

Jack's family appreciates the outstanding care provided by the caregivers at the Cadigan Lodge at the Highlands, as well as CHANS Home Health and Hospice.

A graveside service with military honors is planned for June 22, 2019, at Brown's Head Cemetery in Vinalhaven.

As Jack would say, "It was a great ride."

To share a memory or story with Jack's family, please visit their online Book of Memories at The Ewen family is being assisted with service arrangements by Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

In lieu of flowers,

memorial contributions may be made to:

Vinalhaven Volunteer

Fire and Rescue


Main Street

Vinalhaven ME 04863 or:

1 Bowdoin Mill Island #300

Topsham ME 04086

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 13, 2018
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