Obituary: Preston Wayne McEwan, father of Darien's emergency management director
Preston Wayne McEwan died on September 28, 2016 at the age of 84 years old. He was the only child of the late Florence and Arthur McEwan of Middletown, NY. Preston was born in Oneonta, NY on January 13, 1932. He graduated from Walton High School, attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the ROTC at SMU, where he met his future wife of 63 years, Carol Joy Schmidt McEwan.
He is survived by his wife Carol; his daughter Karen McEwan Kansas of Somerville, NJ; son Jon and Eila of Finland and son, Marc and Danielle of Darien. He is also survived by six loving grandsons, Christopher and Matthew Kansas; Bryan, James and Zachary McEwan, and Joshua McEwan.
Preston was a navigator in the United States Air Force during the Korean War in which he achieved the rank of First Lieutenant. After the military his career consisted of various accounting positions in many firms in the area.
He spent many years as Treasurer of Darien United Methodist Church; he was a Veteran Member of the Noroton Heights Fire Department for 50 years and a member of the Darien Senior Men’s Association and the New Canaan Society.
He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He had a tender heart for pets, especially dogs, a passion for photography and a love for the New York Yankees and all things sports.
For the past 6 years, Preston and Carol have been living at Sunrise Assisted Living in Stamford. The family is tremendously grateful to the entire Sunrise staff for providing loving care of Preston over the years, including “Happy” the resident dog.
The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. A Funeral Service will follow at 12:00 PM at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made in his name to The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. 100 Double Beach Road, Branford CT, 06405 or the Noroton Heights Fire Department, 209 Noroton Avenue, Darien CT 06820.