PRINCETON - Edward A. McEwen Jr., affectionately known as "Mac," and lovingly known as "Junie," was born in Princeton, N.J. on February 5, 1924 to the now late Eva Royster-McEwen and the now late Edward A. McEwen Sr. Mac passed away on April 14, 2014, at the age of 90 after a lengthy illness.
He attended Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church his entire life, where his grandparents, Alexander and Hanna Fox Royster, were early members in the late 1800s. "Mac" attended The Witherspoon School for the Colored, and he graduated from Princeton High School in 1943. While at Princeton High School he gained notoriety for his prowess on the football field, basketball court, baseball diamond and on the track. His mother, Eva Royster-McEwen, was the first African American to graduate from the Trenton Arts School, which had become Trenton State College, and is now known as The College of New Jersey. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946, during World War II
where he was stationed in Europe.
Mac met and wed Grace Moore in 1947 and began their family in Princeton with the birth of eight children over the next 16 years. After leaving the military he was employed by the General Motors
Fisher Body Plant in Ewing Township, N.J. for 35 years, from 1947 until 1982 when he retired. In addition to working for General Motors, he also worked part-time for The Nassau Club. While in retirement he helped run several family businesses owned by his son, Terry, as an office manager for an ice company, and a finance company.
Mac had a love for baseball and was a great right fielder and base runner for the Phantoms in the 1940s and 1950s. He continued playing baseball in the 1960s for "Teague and Hinds." He was also a member of Aaron Lodge No. 9, Free and Accepted Masons (PHA), Ophir Consistory No. 48 and Khufu Temple No. 120. He was a devoted father of eight, enjoyed Atlantic City, horse racing, and loved to wear his hats. He looked forward to Sunday dinners with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Grace Moore-McEwen, his daughter, Marceline "India" Grover, his sister, Eva Redding, his brother, Kenneth McEwen, a son-in-law, Floyd Merrill, a stepson, Kelvin Russell, a grandson, Marcellus McEwen and daughter-in-law, Janice M. McEwen.
He is survived by his wife, Mozelle; brothers-in-law, Joe Moore, William Moore (Eugenia) and C.V. Hill; his sisters-in-law, Xanthine Moore and Freda (Larry) Luster; his special niece, Carmen Harrison; his sons, Edward, Ronald (Patricia), Terry (Kim), and Dwight; his daughters, Wanda, Grace Kimbrough (Artie), Sallie Creech (Kevin); his stepdaughter, Dawn Russell; and his stepsons, James Russell (Tasheena) and Johnny Vaughn. Mac had 33 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and a number of nephews, nieces and cousins and close friends of the family that so love and miss him.
Funeral services will be at noon on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon St., Princeton, N.J. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Interment Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.