Richard “Dick” Ewell of Wyckoff, N.J. passed away June 3, 2018.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be at West Side Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe Street, Ridgewood N.J. 07450 in the memory of Dick Ewell.
He was born August 16, 1939 in Penn Yan on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes—where he returned every year for vacation. His father Ervie “Buster” (a Funeral Director), died when he was four. Dick, his sister, Nancy, and mother, Millicent (a bookkeeper) all worked to support the family — Dick as a paperboy initially. Dick grew up on the lake (swimming, sailing, boating, fishing and water skiing) and on the ballfield. He played football, but his first love was baseball—and he rooted for the Yankees as they won 11 World Series before he turned 20.
After completing mortuary school, he met and married Marilyn Andrews (a teacher) on July 1, 1961. Soon after, Dick switched careers to medical product sales with Becton Dickinson, and then spent most of his life between the suburbs of Chicago and New York supporting his career in Sales Management.
At the center of Dick’s life were kids — his own, his nieces, nephews, grandchildren, their friends and the hundreds of children for whom he volunteered as a coach from Kindergarten through High School. Whether it was spending his “vacation” days on a boat teaching kids to water ski, or coaching beginners in baseball, football, or basketball, Dick loved to teach the fundamentals and the life lessons that sports afford.
He was a fixture at sporting events in both Ridgewood (where he was a member of the Football Scholarship Committee and kept stats for the team in the 1990s and early 2000s), and Northern Highlands. He was a member of West Side Presbyterian Church where he was a frequent usher, a member of the Session, and served on the Arthur Hughes Memorial Fund Committee.
Fondly known as the Czar or Big D to family and friends, he will be remembered for his “cat that ate the canary” smile and being a great sport at holiday dinners while his boys caricatured his blustery approach to parenting.
Dick was predeceased by his wife Marilyn; his parents and his in-laws, Jim & Winnie Andrews.
He is survived by his three sons and their families: Eric Ewell & his spouse, Dave Altenau, who reside in Manhattan; Todd & Ann, who reside in Ho-Ho-Kus along with their children, Jack, Katelyn, and TJ; and Jason & Ayesha, who live in Ridgewood with their children, Madeline, Elliott, and Vivian. Dick is also survived by his sister and her husband, Nancy & Larry Van Epps; their children, Ron, Lisa, and Doug; and his sister-in-law, Carol Riley and her children, Stacey and Joe; as well as many other cousins and in-laws.
Arrangements entrusted to the C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, Ridgewood. www.vanemburgh.com