Hon. MACEWAN, Paul Whit­field

Whit­ney Pier

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam / Advice / Games -

Hon. Paul Whit­field MacEwan, E.C.N.S., age 74, passed away peace­fully at 4:30 p.m. on Tues­day, May 2, 2017 at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal, Syd­ney, af­ter a longterm ill­ness. Paul is sur­vived by his wife, Carol (Os­borne) MacEwan; chil­dren, Deb­o­rah (James Chevrier) MacEwan, Kim­berly MacEwan, Richard (Rose) MacEwan and Ed­ward (Cindy) MacEwan; sib­lings, Faith (Robert) Da­ley, Eu­nice Hope (Stewart) Moen, Martha Joy (Ray­mond) Ide, Re­becca MacEwan and Philip (Mary) MacEwan; as well as many nieces, neph­ews, grand­chil­dren, and one great-grand­child.

Paul is pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Rev. Ho­race Fred­er­ick MacEwen and Alyce (Drake) MacEwen.

Paul was born on April 8, 1943 in Rockville Cen­tre, New York, United States to Rev. Ho­race Fred­er­ick MacEwen and Alyce (Drake) MacEwen. He was ed­u­cated at Syd­ney Academy, the Nova Sco­tia Teacher’s Col­lege, Saint Fran­cis Xavier Univer­sity, Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity, and Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity, from which he held a B.A. de­gree.

Paul stud­ied mu­sic with his par­ents, both grad­u­ates of the Juil­liard School in New York City, and be­came an ac­com­plished pian­ist and or­gan­ist. He was es­pe­cially adept at im­pro­vis­ing and could play any piece, no mat­ter how dif­fi­cult, af­ter hear­ing it played once.

Paul be­gan his ca­reer as a teacher and held po­si­tions at Ashby School, Cen­tral School, and Whit­ney Ju­nior High from 1963-70. He coached the hockey teams at all these schools, hav­ing played ju­ve­nile hockey in Syd­ney and for the Nova Sco­tia Teacher’s Col­lege Var­sity Hockey team. He also learned the skill of ar­ti­fi­cial ice mak­ing and main­te­nance as a rink rat at the Syd­ney Fo­rum un­der the men­tor­ship of the late Ray­mond ‘Romeo’ MacNeil.

In 1970, Paul was elected as MLA for Cape Bre­ton Nova and served that rid­ing for the next 33 years, the long­est record of con­tin­u­ous ser­vice ever pro­vided by any MLA/MPP in Canada.

Paul was orig­i­nally elected as an MLA for the New Demo­cratic Party. He later formed his own party, the Cape Bre­ton Labour Party, and was elected un­der that ban­ner in 1984. Paul sub­se­quently served as an In­de­pen­dent MLA in the

pro­vin­cial elec­tion of 1988 be­fore join­ing the Lib­er­als in 1990 and re­mained a Lib­eral MLA un­til re­tir­ing from pol­i­tics in 2003.

Paul was elected Speaker of the House in 1993 and served in that ca­pac­ity un­til 1996. He was sub­se­quently Govern­ment House Leader, Chair of the Com­mit­tee on Pri­vate and Lo­cal Bills, Deputy Govern­ment House Leader, and Cau­cus Whip. Af­ter 1999, he served as the Lib­eral Deputy House Leader and Whip, and was critic for the Depart­ment of Labour and the Work­ers Com­pen­sa­tion Board.

Paul was the au­thor of three books, Min­ers and Steel Work­ers: Labour in Cape Bre­ton (1976), Con­fed­er­a­tion and the Mar­itimes (1976), and The Ak­er­man Years: Jeremy Ak­er­man and the Nova Sco­tia NDP, 1965-1980 (1980). The first book, Min­ers and Steel­work­ers, has be­come a clas­sic in the field of Cana­dian labour his­tory.

Paul was a mem­ber of St. Andrew’s United Church in Syd­ney and later, St. Al­ban’s Angli­can Church in Whit­ney Pier where he also served as or­gan­ist.

In recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to pub­lic life, Paul was made an Honorary Mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil of Nova Sco­tia in 2014.

Af­ter much study, thought, and prayer, Paul con­cluded that Chris­tian­ity of­fered the best ex­pla­na­tion of the hu­man sit­u­a­tion and placed his trust and con­fi­dence in Christ.

Visi­ta­tion for the late Hon. Paul Whit­field MacEwan will be held on Sun­day, May 7, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Pier Com­mu­nity Fu­neral Home, 1092 Vic­to­ria Rd. (en­trance on Church Street), Whit­ney Pier.

Fu­neral ser­vice to cel­e­brate the life of Hon. Paul MacEwan will take place on Mon­day, May 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Holy Redeemer Church, 1135 Vic­to­ria Rd., Whit­ney Pier, con­cel­e­brated with Fr. Paul Mur­phy and Archdea­con Brenda Drake. In­ter­ment will take place in Hard­wood Hill Cemetery, Syd­ney. Fol­low­ing in­ter­ment, fam­ily and close friends only are in­vited to gather in the Royal Cana­dian Legion Branch 128, 10 Wes­ley St., Whit­ney Pier, to cel­e­brate Paul’s life and legacy.

In lieu of flow­ers, please send do­na­tions to Di­a­betes Canada at http://di­a­betes.ca/ or to Hos­pice Cape Bre­ton at http:// hos­pice­cape­bre­ton.org.

The fam­ily would like to thank the staff at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal in the pal­lia­tive care unit and in­ten­sive care unit for their ef­forts, care, com­pas­sion, and ded­i­ca­tion.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments are en­trusted to the care and di­rec­tion of Pier Com­mu­nity Fu­neral Home.

On­line con­do­lences may be for­warded to the fam­ily at www. pier­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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