Old Saybrook - Charles J. McEwen, 80, of Old Saybrook, passed away on Nov. 9, 2012, after a short illness. He was the husband of Catherine "Toby" (Patterson) McEwen for 52 years.
Born in Springfield, Vt., he was the son of the late Robert and Sadie (Chevalier) McEwen. He moved to Groton in 1943. Charlie worked for General Dynamics-Electric Boat for 37 years as an outside machinist. He received many awards and commendations from both EB and the Navy for his outstanding work on submarines.
During this time, he was a member of the Masonic Estuary Lodge # 43 and a 50-year member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational.
Charlie's retirement years were filled with playing golf at Fenwick, enjoying his friends at the Westbrook "Y", and his daily coffee hour with pals at the Paperback CafÃ©. He and Toby loved Vermont and spent considerable time there, where they made many wonderful friends at places like the Brownsville General Store. He also was an avid fan of the UConn women's basketball team. Those who knew Charlie would say he had a great love for life. He especially enjoyed his group of close friends of 50 years who referred to themselves as "The Motley Crew". There were no strangers to Charlie, only new friends. Children and animals held a special place in his heart.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Kenneth of Florida; daughters, Kim of Old Saybrook and Karyn Woodsum (Daniel) of California; his grandchildren, Jacob and Jennifer McEwen of Massachusetts, Samantha and Sabrina Woodsum of California; his sister, Gladys Wieczorek of New London; and a brother-in-law, Douglas "Don" Patterson (Joan). He also leaves behind a number of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother and two sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Old Saybrook, followed by interment at Riverside Cemetery, Old Saybrook.
Swan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.swanfuneralhomeoldsaybrook.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation or Valley Shore Animal Welfare League, PO Box 1134, Westbrook, CT 06498.