William J. "Bill" Ewing

  • Born: September 4, 1932
  • Died: March 20, 2020
  • Location: Maynard, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Father & Grandfather

William J. "Bill" Ewing, age 87, of Maynard passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, March 20, 2020. He was the loving husband of the late Bernadette Rita (Mazzola) Ewing.

Born in Boston, MA on September 4, 1932, he was the son of the late James A. and Anna G. (Hogan) Ewing. Bill was raised and educated in Newton, graduating from Sacred Heart High School class of 1950. Upon graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country in Germany during the Korean War. Bill and Bernadette married on August 22, 1964. The couple settled in Maynard in 1966 and raised their family together.

Bill started the Ewing Electric Company in 1969 in Maynard and ran the company till 1980. Bill was head facilities/maintenance director for Lincoln public schools and Hanscom Air Force Base for many years, retiring in 1996.

Bill was known as the "Walking Man" around the town of Maynard. Always seen wearing his red baseball hat while walking down to the Boston Bean House for his morning coffee. Bill enjoyed coaching little league baseball and attending his children's sporting events over the years. He was an avid sports fan watching and following the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots. In retirement, he enjoyed going to the Highland Games, flea markets and restoring old Tonka trucks. Bill was a great neighbor and was also generous with his time, always lending a helping hand. The neighborhood dogs were always eager to greet Bill and excited for their daily treat while he was out on his walks.

Bill is survived by his children, William Ewing and fiancée Laura Nickerson of Fitchburg, MA; Bonnie Ewing and partner Lisa Simone of Goffstown, NH; Brian Ewing and significant other Kerry Lewis of Hudson, MA; his grandchildren, Joshua Ewing Simone and Billy Ewing.

Out of respect and consideration for the health and wellbeing of others at this time, funeral services will be private.

Gifts in Bill's memory may be made to Care Dimension's Hospice 125 Winter Street, Lincoln MA 01773

To honor Bill, we will be talking his final ride through his beloved town of Maynard. We will be departing from Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25th.

The family invites the public to honor Bill along the procession route: From Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, right on Brooks Street to Mockingbird Lane, bear right at the playground on Reo Road, right on Dix Road, left on Dana Road past Dads house #12, left on Durant Avenue, left on Reo Road bear left on Sunset Road, right on Dana Road, right on Dix Road, left on Summer Street, right on Florida Road, left at the post office and drive down Main Street, to Waltham.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Bill, Bonnie, Brian, So sorry for the loss of your Dad. I remember him fondly as one in a million for sure.

Sending all my best.

Posted by john calabria - maynard, MA   April 24, 2020

I received a call from cousin Terry saying that our late cousin Bernie Ewings husband Bill passed away. Even after Bernice untimely death bill was always still a part of our Italian family. He was a really good man. He will be missed.

Posted by Doreen Merullo O'CONNOR - Fort Myers, FL - Family   April 07, 2020

Bill, Bonnie, and Brian, so sad to hear about your dad. He always had a smile and made us laugh.

Posted by Mike Loring - Watertown, MA - Family Friend   March 30, 2020

Bonnie, Billy,and Brian & families, --I just heard about your Dad today. 'Mr. Bill'. I was just thinking of him last week, strange. His laugh and sense of humor was so big! The beers on the front steps, the projects in the yard and house, plumbers crack when working on the blue van, the way he loved your mom, and just being a good neighbor. Stay well - Diane Loring Koed rtsnr@hotmail.com XOXOXXX

Posted by Diane Koed - Tyngsboro, MA - Neighbor   March 30, 2020

Posted by Billy Ewing    March 26, 2020

Posted by Billy Ewing    March 26, 2020

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Posted by Billy Ewing    March 26, 2020

Bill was a great guy....so full of jokes and laughter. Those were the days....Bob and I, Bill and Bernie and our kids getting togeter at baseball, hockey games , hockey fundraisers and especially camping. I am glad that I have this way to say goodbye. Bill say hello to Bernie for me.

Posted by Jean Morgan Devine - sarasota, FL - Friend   March 26, 2020

Bill was a great guy. He was so full of jokes and laughter.Those were the days...Bob and I, Bill and Bernie and our kids getting together at baseball, hockey, fundraisers for youth hockey and especially camping. I am glad that I have this way to say goodbye. Bill, say hello to Bernie for me.
Jean Morgan Devine, Sarasota,Fl. Mar. 26, 2020

Posted by Jean Morgan Devine - Sarasota, FL - Friend   March 26, 2020

For the Ewing Family. I just want to let you know that I posted on a closed Viet Nam Veterans Face Book site the story of Mr Bill the "Walking Man" It's a closed site so I can't share it, but in a matter of minutes after posting along with the photo of the procession, I have received hundred of responses from across the country sending condolences. I was at the end of my driveway saluting a Brother Veteran and neighbor as he passed by. Fair Winds, Following Seas as you fly West Mr. Ewing.

Posted by Joel Cerasuolo - Maynard, MA - Neighbor   March 25, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Posted by Larry Flannery - Stow, MA   March 24, 2020

My mother always enjoyed your visits to Natick. Hoping the grief in your soul moves quickly.

Roy and Cynthia Kennedy

Posted by Roy Kennedy - Sutton, MA - Family   March 24, 2020

Goodbye Bill
This is one time that the destination is better than the journey even though the journey has been amazing.
Bernie has been waiting a long time to be with you again, so be nice.
Say hello to Buddy

Posted by A friend   March 22, 2020

Billy, Bonnie and Brian,

I learned of your Dad's passing and wanted to send my condolences. Have an incredible number of funny and fond memories of your Dad and mine together. Whether it was camping in Maine or sitting around in one of our backyards they had fun all the time they were together. They never stopped laughing or giving the kids a hard time...

Posted by Jim Morgan - Sudbury, MA - Family Friend   March 22, 2020

It probably goes without saying that I loved your dad. I am so sorry for your loss. He was the best.

Posted by A friend   March 22, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Ewing clan. Although Billy's death creates a void for all of us left to mourn, I believe that he is at peace, as he is reunited with his beloved Bernie. Rest In Peace.
With love and sympathy.

Posted by Chuck and Mary Ellen Bronner    March 22, 2020

Some of my earliest memories are sitting and talking about the Red Sox with Bill's dad Jim. He was in his 80's at the time and one of my good friends. I was 10.

I met Jim when my father started to fix up our house. No plan, no experience, just get it done. Jim would show up and give him guidance, tools and techniques to get the job done. Sitting in his lawn chair watching.

Little did I know that 30 years later Bill and my dad would be sitting in lawn chairs, laughing at me and telling me what I was doing wrong...while offering guidance, tools and techniques to get the job done. He was a good friend of mine. He was in his 70's and I was 40.

If you know Bill you know his voice and his laugh. The two things I will miss most about him.

He told me stories about my father that no one else could know. Laughed and then told me the same story again the following week. And we both laughed again.

He was a good man from a great generation. He took care of his friends. He looked in on my mother after dad died. He and did all the odd jobs, snow removal, and creative electrician work at her house for years. All for a cup of coffee.

He loved Bernie, and if there is any good news in this world today it is that they are laughing together again.

People like Bill are what we need today. He is already missed.


Posted by Jeffrey Sherman - Needham, MA   March 22, 2020

We will miss you, Thank you for your friendship and for enthusiastically being part of our lives. You cultivated a special friendship with Fr. Jean Pierre Aubin, that we all got to share in. Your wit and spunk made us laugh. You are now with your beloved Bernie, together in heaven, keeping all those angels on their toes. Peace and Love, Terry and Rob Herring (from the neighborhood)

Posted by Terry Herring - Maynard,, MA - Friend   March 22, 2020

Thank you for everything, Uncle Bill. I always looked forward to Christmas dinner at your house every year. It was the best.

Posted by Audrey - Family   March 21, 2020


Bonnie,Lisa and Josh and Family
Bill was always full of light and love.
For his Bernie and family.
A smile as wide as the ocean!
Another angel has been called home,
A star shines bright tonight!
All our love
Blessings and hugs
Rick and Carol

Posted by Carol French - Wolfeboro, NH - Friend   March 21, 2020

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