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Longtime Carlisle funeral director, Seymour A. Ewing, age 82, died Friday, January 2, 2009, in Health South Rehabilitation Center, Mechanicsburg. He was born Friday, September 3, 1926, in Carlisle and was a son of the late William Joseph Ewing and Jessie Pearl (Morrison) Ewing.

He was a 1944 graduate of Carlisle High School and was a "Seabee" in the United States Navy during WWII. After his discharge from active Navy duty in 1946, Seymour enrolled at the former Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia and graduated in 1947. After serving his internship, he and his twin brother, Bill, earned their Pennsylvania funeral director’s license in 1949 to become the fourth generation Ewing funeral directors serving the greater Carlisle area. In 1960, Seymour and Bill relocated the Ewing Funeral Home to its present location on South Hanover St. and began operating the new Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, a Carlisle business that was Established in 1853 by their great-grandfather, Alexander Black Ewing. Seymour continued to hold a current PA funeral director’s license as he assisted his son, Steven, with the continuation of the family operated funeral home into its 156th year of service.

Seymour had served families in the greater Carlisle area for over 60 years and also co-owned and operated historic Ashland Cemetery in Carlisle for over 50 years. He was a life long member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Carlisle, where his church life began as a young choir boy and acolyte. In his faithful service to the church, he served many years as an usher, a member of the Vestry, a Junior Warden and a member of the Bishop White Society. Seymour was a member of many organizations including, National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Capital City Funeral Directors Association, Carlisle Exchange Club, fourth generation member of Union Fire Co. No. 1 - Carlisle, Cumberland Star Lodge No. 197 F. & A.M., Harrisburg Consistory, Fraternal Order of Eagles - Carlisle Aerie 1299, Cumberland County Historical Society, Hamilton Library Association, Carlisle Chamber of Commerce and a life member of Carlisle Elks Lodge No. 578 and Carlisle American Legion Post 101. He was a former Cumberland County deputy coroner and a former member of the Carlisle Swim Club. Seymour enjoyed Civil War history, coin collecting, The Farmers Market Restaurant, antiques and attending social gatherings.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Joan C. (Lindsey) Ewing, two sons, Robert L. Ewing of Carlisle and Newville, Steven A. (and his wife, Jane Baish) Ewing of Carlisle, two grandchildren, Colton R. Ewing and Carrie J. Ewing, his twin brother, William Morrison Ewing of Carlisle, two nieces, Cathy A. Lindsey and Honey Punt Hockley both of Carlisle and two nephews, David E. Punt of Harrisburg and Brian A. Punt of Grantville.

Services of Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Saturday, January 10, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in the St. John's Episcopal Church, On the Square in Carlisle, with Rev. Canon Mark A. Scheneman and Rev. Robyn L. Szoke officiating. Burial with military honors provided by Cumberland County Honor Guard will be in Ashland Cemetery, Carlisle. Viewings will be held Friday, January 9, 2009 from 1 - 4:00 p.m. and from 6 - 9:00 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. The family will also receive friends in the church parish hall immediately following the graveside service for a time of fellowship and a meal. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 612, Carlisle, PA 17013.

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The Ewing Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Sue Knox
Dear Steve, Jane, and Ewing Family,

We send sincere sympathy to you at this time.  You have been so kind to us as well as thousands of people in Carlisle when families experience grief.  It has been our great privilege to know your father and your family and to experience the grace and dignity that both he and all of you have provided to us and others. We have been most fortunate to live in a small town with all of you.

Ellen and Allen Shank
Mrs. Joan Ewing and Family

May God Comfort you and your family at this time.

Norman and Charlene Jackson Thompson, Killeen, Texas
Hi Joan,
Been there...stay strong.
You have our deepest sympathy, and may god bless you and your family.

Jay Harris and Charles Wallace Jr., Wallace Funeral Directors, Inc. Harrisburg.
Your family has given so much compassion and warmth over the years. You have our deepest sympathy in this time of sorrow. May the Blessing of God be with you and yours.

Stephen and Connie Loy
Please accept our condolences on your loss. The Carlisle community has lost a great pillar. Individuals of his caliber are a rarity today. He will be missed but fondly remembered as an outstanding individual.

Nancy & Neal Delisanti
I am sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in our prayers

Mary Ellen Bowers
I pray that God wrap you in His arms of comfort. Seymour, Bill, and Steven were there when my grandfather passed away and helped our whole family through such a difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

Stacey Coyer
We were deeply saddened to learn of Seymour's passing.  He was a fine man and a good friend.  As we mourn our loss, we rejoice and give thanks for the comfort and support Seymour provided to so many through the years.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with Joan and the entire family.

In Christ's Love,
Robert and Susan Startzel; Washington, DC
I have been coming to Ewing Brothers for services since I was a kid. Seymour was always there with a kind word and a smile of comfort. I will miss him and Carlisle will miss him.

Jim Washington
It was only yesterday (45 years) that your father and Uncle helped our family in our time of need. Over the years I enjoyed the conversation and casual meetings the brothers had when we would meet. You are in my prayers and I will cherish the memories. God be with you and the family.

Ron Strine, Carlisle
I was very sorry to hear about Seymour, he was a friend, who I will miss, he leaves me with pleasant memories, a very good man.

Jay V. Stone
Please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of your husband, father, and brother.  He was a very special and honorable man who will be missed by anyone who knew him.  I was a waitress at the Farmers Market Restaurant through high school and college (1993-1999).  I have always remembered Seymour and Bill fondly over the years.  I was able to speak to Seymour and Bill at my father's funeral, which they directed in 2004.  I'm not quite sure if Seymour remembered me, but I never forgot him or Bill.  Seymour was always very interested in my school work and my plans after graduation.  I always enjoyed our playful conversations and loved the moments when the restaurant wasn't busy and I could lean up in the corner of the front counter and chat at length.  Back then he was eating a "heartier" breakfast, including home fries and bacon, in his words, "Cremate them both!"  He would always answer the questions I had about his business and I always appreciated his honesty and willingness to satisfy my curiosity.  I enjoyed the  rare moments when Seymour and Bill came in together, they seemed to still enjoy fooling the other customers into trying to guess who was who.  I learned early on, when in doubt, look at the wedding band- Silver for Seymour.  I gave birth to twins in November and couldn't help but think of them and what a kick they would get out of that.  Again, please accept my condolences.  He was liked and admired by so many.  I will miss him.

Jessica A. Shull (Ward)
We were very sad to hear of your father's death. Please know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.

Greg Knox and family
I have known Seymour for 52 years.  Services at the funeral home will never be the same without his kind words.  He will be missed by many, but I know he will be welcomed by loving arms.  He will again be with dear Elwood.

Barry A. Grove
Steve and family,

For so many years your father has been so kind and compassionate to so many of us.  Carlisle will surely miss him.  I offer my sincerest sympathy during this difficult time.

Jenny Brown Spangler
Joan, my prayers are with you and your family that God will give you strength during this difficult time.

Deb Watson
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the Ewing family members.  My sister Chris and I have known William and Seymore since we were kids. We will miss him.  My prayers go out to William on the loss of his brother.  He is now in a safe and beautiful place with God.  David and Martha Miller and Family

Martha Bielicki Miller and Family
We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Seymour Ewing.  We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Ewing family and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Lawrence Westcott, Fay Cherry, Charles Westcott, Gary Westcott
As an employee and a friend, I was privileged to have known and worked with Seymour.  His knowledge of Carlisle history taught me more than any history book ever could.  I will treasure him always and miss him.  In this time of need, my thoughts and prayers go to Joan, Steve, Bobby, Bill and the rest of the extended family.

Charley Westcott
Dear Steve, Bobby and Joan,
My deepest sympathies. I'm glad I got to see Seymour one last time just a few months ago.
Kathy Kambic
Dear Family,
Our hearts have been heavy since we learned that Seymour lost his valiant effort to live.  He will be sorely missed by our community.  We pray for your strength and health as you deal with this tremendous loss.

Jim and Pat Simms
Steve and Family,
We're so sorry to hear of the loss of your father.  I can remember seeing him when I was a little girl, having breakfast at the Farmer's Market.  You are in our thoughts and prayers during such a difficult time.  With Deepest Sympathy-
Brandon & Ali (Griffie) Parker
As a nephew and cousin, I want you to know how sorry Teri and I are in the passing of Seymour.  I always respected Uncle Seymour and admired his dedication to his business and his strong desire to take care of his family and the many families that Ewing Brothers helped to comfort over the years.  I never heard my Uncle get upset or have a bad word to say about anyone.  He was a man of integrity.  I get much self esteem from what I do,  I saw that in Seymour.  I know he was proud of what he did and he was proud to be serving families in Carlisle, PA.   He was a rock in my life, a pillar in his community and a friend to many.  I would be proud to  call him my father as I know you and Bobby are!!  I am proud to say he was my uncle and will miss him, especially during our holiday time together.     Love, Dave

Dave Punt & family
For all the times your family was there when mine was going thru a loss, just want to be there for yours.  Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Susan M Wolf
You offered so much support before and after I lost my mother in June.  Whether it was a quick call or a long talk, your kind words gave me hope and strength.  Your friendship means the world to me.  Please know that I am here for you just as you were for me.

You have no idea how truly thankful I am for your kindness and service that you offered to me and my family after losing my mother in June.  Losing a parent is never easy, however, the support that was offered from people like yourself and others is what gave me strength.  I hope the same for you and your family.  What an honor it was to meet and be served by "The Ewing Bros." Family.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  May God bless you all.

Rebecca Greeger (Sandra Railing's Daughter)
We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Ewing family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

WIOO Country Gold Radio Staff & Management
I was very sad to hear of the death of Seymour Ewing.  Please accept my sincere sympathy.

Sharon at Veterans Affairs
Please accept my condolences on Seymour's passing.

Tom Berg
Sorry to hear of the death of Seymour.  I thought a lot of him.  He and Bill were the true funeral directors of Carlisle.

Mickey Shoop (Reuben Shoop's son of Newville)
Seymour's passing will leave a void in in our lives, I will miss his dry sense of humor and his comments on the passing scene in Carlisle, a town he loved.

Somehow Carlisle will not be the same without Seymour.  Our Condolences to his family

Jim & Arlene Adams
Words cannot thoroughly express the sadness our family feels for your loss.  Mr. Ewing was a much-trusted and well-respected fixture in the Carlisle Community.  He provided me and my very large and extended family with support and comfort through a great many years.  He will be missed.  Every loss is a challenge to grow. Growth requires change, and change is often painful. Our thoughts and hearts are with you.

Louis M. Werdebach, Woodbridge VA
I am honored to be able to say that I have known Seymour and Bill all of my life. Growing up with the brothers was like having another older brother who I knew would always be there if I needed them. This was the type of person he was and the world has lost a really good person. Our condolences to his family, many of whom myself and my family have known for years and been honored to call friends.

Emma Jane Johnson Shields and Family
My prayers are with you in this time of loss no words will change the way you are feeling, but the memories will always be with you.  God Bless

Karen Williams and Harry Wickard
Joan and family,
You have my deepest sympathy and no words can take away the
sorrow you bear.

You are in my prayers.
Jackie Mountz
Dear Steve and Ewing Family Members:

My wife and I are very sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Seymour Ewing.

We hope you can draw strength from your church and all the families you've served and helped throughout the years.

Warm regards,
Rusty Shughart (grandson of Richard and Thelma Gatten)
Steve and Bobby,
Please except my condolences for the loss of your father. He was a hero to so many families in Carlisle. He and your Uncle touched so many at the most difficult time of their lives. You two can be proud and will be expected to mirror his grace and comforting mannerisms. Although I have not seen either of you in many years I remember you both as good friends and regret that I cannot be in Carlisle for his services. God Bless you and your families.

Douglas W Sliker, Snow Hill NC
It was always a pleasure to talk to Seymour at Chamber mixers or when he and Joan came to Rillo's for dinner.  He will be missed!

Jacki Fleniken
Joan and family,
We are very sorry for your loss.  Now our family members are at peace and no more pain and suffering.

Randy and Krista Uplinger
Steve - To you and your family our prayers, thoughts and concerns as you mourn the death of your father, Seymour. Over the years it has always been a pleasure to work with you and families that selected the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home.  Again God bless.

Bill & Linda Pipp
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Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Inc.
Since 1853
630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone:  (717) 243-2421
"Five Generations of Service"
Steven A. Ewing, FD, Supervisor, Owner
William M. Ewing, FD
(1926 ~ 2009)
Seymour A. Ewing, FD
(1926 ~ 2009)
Jessie Morrison Ewing, FD
(1892 ~ 1988)
William J. Ewing, FD
(1898 ~ 1934)
Hastings A. Ewing, FD
(1866 ~ 1924)
Alexander B. Ewing, FD
(1831 ~ 1903)

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