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John Gilmour MCEWEN
Père : Gilmour MCEWEN
Mère : Goldie KEAYS
Décès le : 2004-07-28
Parution : 2004-08-05
Paru dans : Times & Transcript, Moncton, NB

John Gilmour McEwen It is with a profound sense of loss that his family announces the sudden death of John Gilmour McEwen of Eel River Cove on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at the age of 62 Born at Dalhousie, he was the son of the late Gilmour and Goldie (Keays) McEwen. John is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Donna (Vincent), and his two sons, Dr. John McEwen of Toronto and Anthony Mace of Eel River Cove. Also surviving are one sister Mary Lynn Aaen (Harold) of Miramichi and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Lyle in 1993. John inherited a strong sense of social responsibility and a sincere concern for his fellowman from his father and lived his life accordingly. Not long after beginning to work at the Avenor Maritimes paper mill in Dalhousie, he became involved with the union, an association that continued until his retirement and earned him the respect of all with whom he came in contact. He joined local 263 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union in 1961 and held several committee and executive positions including president from 1976 to 1980. He also served as secretary treasurer and then president of the Campbellton Dalhousie & District Labour Council from 1973 - 1977. He was first elected to the Executive Council of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour in 1973, serving as area vicepresident. He served as president of the province's largest labour umbrella group from June 1991 to June 1995. Active in community affairs, John has been a candidate for the New Democratic Party in the Dalhousie riding and served as campaign manager/advisor for other NDP candidates in provincial and federal elections. From its inception until the time of his death, John was involved with the Adult Workshop for the Handicapped in Dalhousie and served on its board. He has also served on the board of the Dalhousie Industrial Credit Union, and as president of the Employees Mutual Benefit Assoc at the mill. Well known in labour circles, John served on a number of provincial and national committees dealing with such topics as political education, technological change and pensions and often acted as a seminar resource . A strong advocate of education and training, he served as labour co-chair for the New Brunswick Labour Force Development Board and played a key role in its establishment. He also sat on the Board of Governors of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. It was always a great concern to him that the workers of this province paid money into pension plans and the funds from those plans always left the province to be used to benefit other areas. He developed the idea of a Workers Investment Fund and with support from other workers and government seed money the wheels were set in motion for the fund to be developed in New Brunswick, a fund where the workers of New Brunswick could invest their pension money with the money staying in the province to benefit workers here. An Order in Council was proclaimed and the Fund came into force on November 14, 1996. In September, 1997, John was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fund, a position he held until he left in May of 2001, satisfied with the Fund's accomplishments. Even in his retirement John continued to be interested and involved in the world around him. One of his most recent interests was wine making which he approached with the same enthusiasm with which he approached life in general and was convinced, if something was placed here in earth, you could make wine with it. Visitation will be held Friday evening, August 5, 2004 at St. Mary's Anglican Church, Dalhousie. The funeral will be held from St. Mary's Church on Saturday afternoon at 2pm with the Rev. Raymond O.C. Kraglund of the United Church of Canada, a close friend, officiating. Internment will take place in the New Mills Cemetery.


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