George Cole MacEwan

George Cole MacEwan, 96, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of the 1600 block of Faxon Parkway, Williamsport, died Friday, March 8, 2013, in Clearwater.

Born May 4, 1916, in a farmhouse on the Cole family homestead, George was a native of the village of LaFayette, N.Y. He was the son of Ernest MacEwan, formerly of Glasgow, Scotland, and Theresa Cole MacEwan, LaFayette, whose family dated from 1740 in Counties Onondaga and Ulster in N.Y.

George attended first grade at Jameville, N.Y., Elementary School, where his mother served as a teacher and principal. Grades two through seven were spent at LaFayette’s one-room school house, during which time George’s duties included chopping wood for the school stove, picking apples for the surrounding orchards and pumping the organ at LaFayette’s historic Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Solvay High School, Syracuse, N.Y., and from General Motors Institute of Technology, Flint, Mich., now Kettering University. He held degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering.

After college, George worked for General Motors Corporation and General Electric before entering officers training, being commissioned Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1943. A veteran of World War II, George was assigned to the Argus Unit where, as a Lieutenant, he trained Navy fighter pilots in the use of radar for night flight and landing. Upon discharge in 1946, he returned to engineering at Brown-Lipe-Chapin, a division of GMC, in Syracuse.

While horseback riding with his cousins in LaFayette, George met his beloved wife, Rita Ann Barry, and they married in 1948. The move was made to Williamsport in 1959 when George became Plant Engineer for Avco-Lycoming, now Textron. Together they enjoyed family, their homes in Pennsylvania and Florida, friends, pets, travel and gardening. George and Rita observed their 64th wedding anniversary on April 3, 2012, with Rita predeceasing George on Dec. 5, 2012.

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara MacEwan Turner of Williamsport and Judy L. Steltz (Glenn) of Allentown; and nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held in Sylvan Abbey, Clearwater, with burial in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport.

Submitted by family.