John Paul Ewart, Jr. of Raleigh, NC lost his life Thursday January 25, 2018.

He was born on February 23, 1959 to John Paul Ewart Alberta Deloris (Paczewski) Ewart, Wheeling, WV.

His spirit lives on through his love of his family and friends and the memories he left in our hearts. John’s gentle spirit, quiet humor, and generous heart touched us all. He was drawn to God’s creatures, and they trusted him. There are hundreds of stories, beginning when he was very young, of his curious spirit and love of nature.

John found the love of his life, Karen, in April 2002; and they were a family with their pups: Gizzie, Miko, and JoJo. John shared freshwater fishing with Karen, and she shared pier fishing at the beach with him. They were a team and each other’s refuge from the world. Every spring, John’s green thumb produced a bountiful garden. John was the envy of many as Karen prepared daily gourmet meals. John dined on international cuisine, but each shared one ingredient–Karen’s love for John. John was the friend who shared an easy conversation, the neighbor who tilled your garden each spring, or boarded up a window during a difficult time. He was the plumber who people requested by name because he was known for his honesty and quality work. John was a beloved son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, and employee.

John was preceded in death by his father, John Sr., and sister, Annette. Left to cherish his memory in addition to his mother, Alberta; wife: Karen Sheen Ewart; sisters: Lynn Ewart Gooch, Maria Ewart Warble, Christa Ewart, and sisters-in-law, Dawn Sheen Mouradi and Wynne Sheen; brothers: Vince Ewart, Steve Ewart, Phil Ewart, Nick Ewart, Alex Ewart, and brother- in-law, Rick Sheen; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Doris Sheen; nieces: Whitney Coffland, Nicole Ramirez Eisen Ewart, Elyse Ewart, Fawna Ewart, Taylor Ewart, Noura Mouradi, Ashton S. Herchko, Erin S. Feree, Erin H. Sheen, and Megan D. Sheen; nephews: Steven Warble, Slater Warble, Jeremy Ewart, Trent Mccamick, Michael Mc camick, Kevin Sheen, Alex Sheen, Derek Herchko, and Jon Feree; and many cousins, great-nieces, and nephews.