In Loving Memory of

Ian John Ewart


Obituary of Ian John Ewart

It is with great sadness that the family of Ian Ewart announce his passing at the Port Colborne Hospital on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the age of 68 years. Ian left peacefully with his family by his side after an incredibly brave 2-year battle with cancer.

Beloved husband and best friend for 42 years of Andrena. Cherished and loving Dad of Kelsey (Eric Fishleigh) and Cameron (Melissa Chan). Ian is survived by his sister Fiona Ewart of England, and sister-in-law Liz (Garry) Mitchell of Scotland. He will be lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephew in both Canada and in the U.K., by The MacLellans (who were like family to Ian), and also by his comforting West Highland Terrier, Jamie. 

Ian was born in Rutherglen, Glasgow, Scotland on August 19, 1952. After meeting Andrena, they emigrated to Canada in 1982, where together they raised a beautiful family. In those early years in Canada Ian built a successful painting and interior decorating business, Argyle Decorating. He ran Argyle until he began battling cancer in 2018 and was renowned locally for his craft and attention to detail in the many homes he painted. Ian was a fan of soccer, specifically Glasgow Rangers F.C., enjoyed a good game of golf, was a lover of a well-poured pint of Guinness, a compelling storyteller – and an all-around incredible person.

Ian’s sense of humour, contagious laugh and dazzling smile that would light up any room will never be forgotten. His family and friends will ensure they live on in their many wonderful memories of him. A heartfelt thank-you his team of doctors at the Walker Family Cancer Centre, especially Dr. Ishkanian for his dedicated care throughout the entire process, and to Dr. Scher and staff at Port Colborne Hospital who helped keep Ian comfortable in his final days. 

Cremation has taken place and arrangements are entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services. A service honouring Ian’s life will be held at Ravine Vineyard’s Event Centre, 1366 York Rd, St. Davids, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 beginning at 1p.m., with a memorial ceremony at 2p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing will be monitored and space is limited to 100 people. While outdoors, masks are not mandatory, however attendees are welcomed to wear one in the interest of public safety. . Please call Essentials to RSVP (905-354-2133) or email [email protected]. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to Wellspring Niagara would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be shared on Ian’s tribute page found at

Service Information

A Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
September 8, 2020
1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
Ravine Vineyard’s Event Centre, 1366 York Rd, St. Davids
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Sheila and Murray Edward
3 years ago

Andrena, Kelsey, and Cameron, we are very sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept our condolences. It was a pleasure to be your neighbour and we so much enjoyed our conversations with Ian and his extraordinary dry wit. His story telling and laugh will keep him in our thoughts forever. He was very humble and refreshingly honest. He even had a special place in our Zoe’s heart. God has obviously summoned Ian to repaint the Pearly Gates. May you all find some comfort in knowing he was a treasure that many cherished and are much better for knowing him.
God bless

Tina Furry
3 years ago

Andrena, Kelsey & Cameron
My deepest condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time.

Gary Wynia
3 years ago

Hello my name s Gary Wynia I am a bricklayer and I worked with Ian on jobs for Policella Homes we shared many coffee breaks together and Ian always had a good story to tell and loved to share a laugh .We missed him the last couple of years and sad to hear of his passing my condolences and we keep your family in our thoughts during this time.
Sincerely Gary

Ron and Tammy Kore
3 years ago

Andrena, Kelsey and Cameron,

Ron and I were so very sorry to hear of Ian’s passing. He was a lovely man. Cherish the wonderful memories that you have made over the years. Sending hugs. ❤️

Alex Keszthelyi
3 years ago

Andrena, Kelsey and Cameron,

My deepest condolences to you. I was very saddened to hear the news.

He was always a significant presence whenever Cameron and I were hanging around the house. Whether we were watching World Cup soccer or giving Cameron grieve for something he did.

Although it has been years I still fondly remember Ian’s laugh.

My sympathies,

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Bob, Olivia & Ava Misener
3 years ago

When we think of Uncle Ian, what comes to mind is all the funny moments that we had together. Memories that we will cherish forever. Uncle Ian was truly a wonderful person who cared deeply for his family. Uncle Ian was the kind of person who was always there when you needed him to be. When my father passed away, it was Uncle Ian who was sitting next to me at the service. We both sat there quietly and then he looked at me and with that wee Scottish accent said two words, “you okay”? Two simple words that meant so much. Uncle Ian seemed to know the right time to speak, he had great timing. He was a mainstay of this family and will be greatly missed. It’s these memories and many more that live inside us and provide comfort. Condolences to Aunt Andrena, Kelsey & Cameron, God bless.

Meaghan Nicol
3 years ago

Andrena, Kelsey and Cameron,
Sending you much love and strength.
Ian was such an amazing person and I’m honoured that I got to know him throughout my many years of friendship with Kelsey. He was truly a family man through and through, who seemed happiest when he was surrounded by all of you. The world is a bit darker today without him in it.
Love you guys,

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Robert Allen
3 years ago

Everyone from Scotland who knew Ian will be deeply saddened by this news, he had many friends here and will be remembered with great fondness, we had some great times and laughs together, memories that will never fade and tales that will continue to be told of the infamous parties that were typical New Year 3 day drinking events. He will be remembered often at every meeting of us old school pals.

Gisele Leon
3 years ago

Thinking of you all at this difficult time.May the many wonderful memories help you through,Take care,Gisele Leon

Louise Sharkey
3 years ago

Thinking of you all at this time. Ian was an incredible man, who was caring, thoughtful, hardworking, loyal, loving, a wonderful husband, father and friend to all. He will be sadly missed.
Love to you all.
Paul, Louise, Lauren, Stuart & Libby

Kristine Tough
3 years ago

Kelsey, Eric and Family,
Thinking of you during this very difficult time. May you find peace in the wonderful memories made.

Mary Jane McArthur
3 years ago

Dear Andrena and Family, I am so saddened to read about Ian’s passing. He was certainly an amazing person. A perfectionist in his trade, a kind man, who was proud of and loved his family dearly. Find comfort in the memories you have created.
Heartfelt sympathy.
Mary Jane McArthur

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Lori Davison
3 years ago

Andrena and Family, I am so very sorry to read about the loss of your beloved husband and father. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Lori-Lynne MacKenzie

Fiona Ewart
3 years ago

Life is so short. looking back on Ian’s live. as children the laughters the fun we had .the loss of our mother when we were both very young. life got a bit rough for us both.
We both grew I moved to England Ian move to Canada we both had beautiful families and we always kept in touch .I am so glad we all were together last year for kelsey’s wedding .and I spent quite a bit of time with Ian. And made lots more memories rest in peace Ian you will be so missed your big sister Fiona💔💔💔💔

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John and DonnaMaddalena
3 years ago

Dear Andrena, Kelsey and Cameron,
We are very saddened to hear Ian’s passing. He was an amazing person to have known and worked with for so many years. Ian became a good friend to us. It was privilege to have known him. Hoping you have comfort in knowing he is in peace. Hold on to all the great memories you shared together as a beautiful family.
Ian will be greatly missed by all.
Our sincerest sympathies. Donna and John

Ian McArthur
3 years ago

Andrena. I am saddened to hear of Ian’s passing. I hope you find strength in his memories and that those memories comfort you. As a young man I worked with Ian painting. Always a man that sought the best in his trade he taught me those same values, hard work, loyalty, integrity to name but a few. Ian believed in these working, running his business, serving his clients and with his friends and family. Ian was an exceptional man and roll model. I’ll never forget him, his sense of humour and his friendship. Rest Easy Ian and may your family find comfort in the times you shared together
Ian McArthur

Linda & John Friel
3 years ago

R.I.P. Ian. Special thoughts with all the family..❤️❤️💙

Peter Maddalena
3 years ago

My condolences ,Andrena and family,he was a nice guy ,and I am proud to have known him,and will miss him!!!

Branka Moore and Jim Stobbe
3 years ago

Our deepest condolences for you Andrea and your family. Our thoughts are with at this time. RIP Ian.

Verge and Josephine D'Agostino
3 years ago

Our deepest condolences for you and your family. Praying for comfort, strength and peace during this painful time.

Csrol Warriner
3 years ago

Dearest Andrena, Kelsey and Cameron,
Rachael, kyle and I are so so saddened To hear this news! All I can say is we were all lucky to have gotten to know “uncle Ian” and the fantastic person thst he most truly was.
Our heartfelt sympathies are with you all during this time. –

Rosann Clarke (Peters)
3 years ago

Andrena, I am so sorry to hear of Ian’s passing, Please know that I am thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time. May the love of family and friends soften your sorrow and sadness. Ian may be gone, but will never be forgotten, he was such a wonderful man. Hugs Rose

Liz & Garry Mitchell
3 years ago

Although technically my Brother in Law, Ian was like a Brother to me. I first met him in the early seventies, when I returned home to Scotland from Canada. Ian spent many weekends at our house in Maryhill, Glasgow and was loved by our Mum. He brought laughter & fun to our home and we enjoyed recounting all those times, whenever we got together.
Over the years, we shared many happy holidays together. Rome & Ireland are just a couple of places that will forever remind us of Ian. I will always remember, as he and I walked out of the Sistine Chapel, Ian jokingly commented on the quality of the ‘ Paint Job’ I was in hysterics ! Ian often cooked during my regular visits to Welland & to this day, the best steak I ever had was served by Ian.
I could write a book about all the practical jokes & funny situations we shared with Ian & Andrena. He was a wonderful Husband & Father and very proud of his family. We will miss Ian more than words can ever say, but will try to take comfort, knowing he is at peace. I am honoured and forever grateful to have been part of Ian’s life. He was a great guy and a Gentleman.
Special love & Condolences to my lovely Sister, Andrena and to my wonderful Niece & Nephew, Kelsey & Cameron. Wish we could be with you, but we are with you in our hearts.
Rest in peace Ian and may God Bless you.

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Britt Kidd
3 years ago

Kelsey, my deepest condolences on the loss of your Dad. Sending you and your family light and love during this challenging time.

Domenic Rachel Polito and family
3 years ago

A Great Man.,Ian will be remembered as a man that had sence of humor. He looked at life with logic fairness and honesty.Great example and Roll model of being a Good Friend Husband and Father. Ian will never be forgotten. Our condolences to Andrena Kelsey Cameron and Family. Prayers and thoughts are with you. RIP Ian 🙏❤️

Ron and Janet Bordynuik
3 years ago

We send you Andrena and your family our sympathy at this trying time .Ian had such a great sense of humour and a great smile and that will live on forever .know we are thinking of you RIP Ian 🙏

D’Onofrio Family
3 years ago

There are not enough words to express how truly sadden we are hearing of Ian’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love Jody, Aldo, Justin and Ty

3 years ago

Andrena and family my deepest condolences with loss of your husband and father never met the gentlemen but my childrens mother knew Andrena from high school and she had nothing but praise for him RIP rest easy be strong . BLESS you alL

David Craig
3 years ago

How can you express in a few sentences, the massive hole left in so many lives, by the loss of our pal Ian? You can’t, is the simple answer.

Andrena, Kelsey & Cameron know for sure the uncommonly great gift it was to be considered a friend of Ian Ewart …

Endless stories, jokes, quick wit and sheer generosity are just a taste of that friendship.

I’ll finish on this – I hope they do a bloody good steak upstairs, cos he knew what he liked and wasn’t afraid to say it!

We’ll miss you “buddy” … Cheers for your friendship mate! Slainte Mhath

Donna & Ron Lanteigne
3 years ago

We are sharing in your sorrow as someone so special can never be forgotten. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Rest well Ian.

Loraine Craig
3 years ago

God bless you Ian our friend. You were a star in more ways than one. We will miss you terribly. Love to Andrena, Kelsey and Cameron at this very difficult time xxx

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