Thomas Burton Ewing, 100, passed peacefully on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough. He was born July 5, 1916, in Millinocket, Maine, the son of Randall Ewing and Jane Shirley Ewing.
He moved to West Enfield when he was 8, where he first met his future wife. He began boxing when he was 15 to make money until he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. He made $25 a month, kept $5 and sent the rest home to his widowed mother. He joined the U.S. Army and was in Germany at the end of World War II. When he came home he started a small trucking company before joining Coles Express. When the Korean War started, he reenlisted and served again until 1954. When he officially retired from the Army, the family settled in Portland, Maine where Thomas finished his career at Coles Express.
Thomas was married for 73 years to his one true love, Lillian Louise Leveille, who passed away two years ago. Upon retirement in 1976, Lillian and Thomas moved to Rainbow Village in Zephyrhills, Fla., where they spent the next 35 years in the company of many friends and neighbors. They enjoyed their trips each summer coming back to Maine and then to Five Islands, Nova Scotia to visit family and friends.
Thomas was a diehard Red Sox fan and was proud to be one of the few fans alive in 1918 who had the privilege to witness the Red Sox win again in 2004, 2007 and 2013. Enjoyable times included trips to Busch Garden and Disney, dining out, sharing stories with families and friends and watching his favorite TV shows with Lillian. His 100th birthday party was an incredible celebration which he enjoyed immensely even though he wished Lillian was by his side.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Ken, Shirl and Archie; and sister, Pauline. He is survived by son, Robert Ewing and wife, Shair; son, Thomas Ewing Jr.; daughter, Sharon Lynch and husband, Walter; and brothers-in-law, Blaine Leveille and Wayne and wife ,Noreen Leveille. He is also survived by his grandchildren, including Jennifer Bisson, Robert Ewing Jr., Susan Clark, Brendan Lestage, James Lynch, Michael Lynch, Thomas Lynch, Heather Brooks, nd Anthony Ewing. He also leaves behind 16 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at the Maine Veterans Home where he was treated with respect and love.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 10, at 1 p.m. at the West Enfield Cemetery. To sign Thomas' guestbook and leave memories and condolences for the family, please visit www.advantageportland.com.