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Irvin David Ewan

October 20, 1947 ~ February 11, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old

Irvin Ewan Obituary

Irvin David Ewan died on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital after surgery. He was the son of Irvin Mason Ewan and Edna May (DuBois) Ewan. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Diann (Burkhardt) Ewan, his sister Wendy Ewan Pavlics (Greg), niece Jessica Pavlics Cavalone (Vincent), and grand nephews Gregory and Michael Cavalone.

Dave grew up on W. Main St., where his family owned Ewan's Market and he had his first job. He laughingly insisted that he began working as soon as he could write numbers on cans. Dave was a graduate of Millville Senior High School, Class of 1966, and then attended Drexel University and Cumberland County College. He worked for 2 business machine companies for a few years until he decided to use this love of books and reading and turn in into a business. He owned Wind Chimes Book Exchanges at 210 High St. in Millville for 30 years from 1975 to 2005. Under new ownership the store name changed to Bogart's Books in 2006 and continued through 3 more owners until 2021.

In 2001, after the organization had been dormant for 7 years, he and other merchants resurrected the Millville Business and Professional Association to focus on drawing more people downtown. For this and previous downtown business groups, he designed flyers and mass mailings.

He volunteered for the Maurice River Historical Society for over 40 years, serving on the Board of Trustees, and also as Secretary, then President, and then Treasurer. During that time, he and others succeeded in having the East Point Lighthouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places, having it relit as an active aid to navigation, writing and receiving state and federal grants and reconstructing the tower of the lighthouse. In addition, he designed patches, T-shirts, and other items as fundraisers.

Dave also was a longtime member of the Cumberland Conservation League. Among important accomplishments of the group, Bear Swamp, where the last eagle's nest in New Jersey was located, was preserved. He and Diann were also members of the CU Maurice River and The Nature Conservancy.

Over the years, he had many hobbies which always included something clever or inventive. He might decide that black walnut trees needed to be planted, or he needed to learn to sail, make kites, paint watercolors, build a solar panel, work on his truck, or hand set type on the printing press he bought. He was also an early computer user and after learning the drawing and painting programs, taught for Millville Continuing Education.

More recently his health (and COVID) kept him from some of his activities, but his love of reading and research, his friends and family, and offbeat sense of humor helped him through the hard times. Even at the end, he continued his service to others by becoming an organ donor.

A funeral service will be held on Friday February 17, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Christ Episcopal Church, 225 Sassafras St., Millville, NJ. There will be no viewing or visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or CU Maurice River. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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Funeral Service
February 17, 2023

10:00 AM
Christ Episcopal Church
225 Sassafras St.
Millville, NJ 08332


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