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Posted by Judy Howard on October 4, 2011
The year has gone by so quickly. You are still in our thoughts and our hearts. You have left a wonderful legacy in your amazing son and daughter and their children. We are all voyagers in space...and we will meet again.
Posted by Susan Carruthers on October 4, 2011
Dearest Ewen - how loved and missed you are. You were in my thoughts today as I drove down the coast - a route which inspired your song "Pacific" and how peaceful the ocean was today. Not a day goes by when you are not in my thoughts - your music lives on in us all - Sue XXX
Posted by chantelle loustalet on August 25, 2011
Happy B day Ewen! I miss you alot. Im such a wus because i cannot listen to your music without tearing up. It brings comfort to my mom, but is hard for me. Your talent and legacy live on through your music. Happy birthday. Love Chantelle
Posted by Mike Silver on August 24, 2011
Ewen will always be with me, his songs move me as much today as when I first heard them. Learning some of them and writing with Ewen are musical highlights that have carried me and will stay with me for ever. He lives in my heart.
Posted by Patricia Haswell on August 24, 2011
Think about Ewen everyday. The photo Ray Dobson took of him is always on my desk. We sing his Songs everytime we perform. Will always miss him, but grateful his beautiful music lives on, Happpy Birthday Ewen, fromPat, John and Peter Of Pipe Dream.
Posted by wilma brown on August 24, 2011
I have been looking at the photos of Ewen and reading all the messages and it has brought back some lovely memories of the times we had together as a family. We all miss you and your cousin Rodney. Fond memories Wilma xxx
Posted by Jack Burness on August 24, 2011
Dear Ewen,

Never forgotten, forever remembered for your songs and company.
Posted by Bronwen Dootson on August 24, 2011
Always remembered with great affection. I can hear him singing with the angels.
Posted by Susan Carruthers on August 24, 2011
My dearest Ewen;

Thinking of you especially today. Not a day goes by when I don't think of you and listen to your music - it gives me great comfort. See you in heaven. Love Sue
Posted by Helen Parnala (Vacaville ... on August 24, 2011
Happy Birthday Ewen, every time I listen to your music I can see your smiling face.
Posted by Judy Howard on August 24, 2011
Miss you Ewen. Your music was so insightful, words to live by for your remaining earth bound friends.
Posted by Anna Rudnik on August 24, 2011
Ewen we miss you and think of you every single day even little Natalie talks about her grandad who 'lives on the star'.She will know you through your music, and we will remember you by it.
Posted by Janet Hainsworth on August 24, 2011
Anything to get out of buying the cream cakes Carruthers!
Miss you, miss us, miss everything old man xxxxxxxx
Posted by David Carruthers on August 24, 2011
Thinking of you Dad, missing you like mad. I'll have a Jameson's and a Lemon Slice for you tonight. I know you would have enjoyed them. Love David xxx
Posted by Cheng Li on February 22, 2011
God bless this wonderful man who wrote the most touching lyrics in the world.
May he rest in peace
Posted by Helen Parnala (Vacaville ... on October 30, 2010
So happy I got to meet a wonderful man, that will never be forgotten, Ewen keep singing away, peace to you my friend forever!
Posted by Anthony John Clarke on October 28, 2010
Ewen was top drawer. Wonderful songs introduced to me by a friend in the North East. Such lovely tributes here at this beautiful site. Very moving .
Posted by ian anderson on October 27, 2010
another day when the music died
Ewen you will be missed so much
you were such a great Gadge
Posted by Toni Brown on October 25, 2010
Fredrick Ewan Carruthers

Also dedicated to Fredrick Rodney Elliott Brown, Ewan’s full cousin

Please do not stand by grave and weep! I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am now part of the rainbow, stars and moon and gentle warmth of the sun at noon.

I am part of the wind and the rain that waters the bracken growing on the crags and hills down to the plains.

I am now part of the wild flowers growing in the woods and part of the farm fields of grain that produces life’s food.

So now, pause a while and reflect of the many happy times we shared before I left this earthly coil. The comfort of music as it whistled through the air.

Also the many friends for whom he fondly cared, not often did he this reveal. I have a loving family, son and daughter, grandchildren now two. The treasured memories in the USA with my much loved wife, Sue. He would remember their doggie pals, Archie and Oliver all gone now in the sands of time.

So farewell Ewan, we all in turn will hopefully be united in the garden of peace, love and rest, till our rebirth for eternity in the loving paradise of rest!!

This is the eulogy to Ewan with love from Aunt Connie
Posted by ray dobson on October 25, 2010
If just a little bit of you is still there in my camera, then what a wonderful memory we`ll have. Thanks for the musical summer nights just a few short weeks ago. It was a privilege to know you as a man,a poet and a musician. We`ll miss your conversation and the laughter. Ray & Sue.
Posted by Toni Brown on October 23, 2010
Dear David and Sarah,

What a beautiful service yesterday, you certainly both will have made Ewen very proud!!

Ewen was a very talented man who will be greatly missed by many.

With much love

Toni xxx
Posted by Allan Savage on October 22, 2010
So sad to here of your passing Ewen.Sitting listening your music Im choked.Thanks for making us part of your life here at Cramlington.
Posted by Graham Hodge on October 22, 2010
So good to have been your friend for so long, our family will miss you, but you'll never be forgotten, God bless you and all your family...
Graham & Lesley Hodge
Posted by Janet Hainsworth on October 22, 2010
David, Sarah, Anna and John.....what a team!
You did your Dad proud and added to the memories already held by giving us such a wonderful way of saying our goodbyes but not forgottens.
Thank you x
Posted by Bronwen Dootson on October 22, 2010
Thanks for your friendship and your beautiful, beautiful music. Sorry the coffee wasn't up to scratch but never mind. Goodbye gentle, lovely man.
Posted by chris arnold on October 21, 2010
Friends for 30+ years. You will be so missed Ewen. You will live on through your wonderful music. Special thoughts to Ewen's family.
Posted by Judy Howard on October 21, 2010
Ewen has been part of our life for over 15 years and we had some wonderful times together, wonderful memories. What a gift he left us. Sarah, Connie, Sue and David you have been in our thoughts and prayers daily. We will be with you in spirit tomorrow.
Love always, Judy and Dick
Posted by Allan Taylor on October 20, 2010
Ewen, I kept the Washburn guitar waiting for you, for when you returned to UK for your short visits. I never used it - it was just for you. For more than thirty years we knew each other, and I can´t imagine a time when I won´t get a call from you to say you´ll be arriving in an hour - so get the coffee on. What a fine songwriter you were - what a great friend ...
Allan Taylor
Posted by mick ewing on October 20, 2010
songs like the amber room really moved me. the story and the feeling really communicated. some things do not die.
Posted by Roy Whyke on October 18, 2010
Goodbye Ewen, thanks for the music.
Posted by Jack Burness on October 18, 2010
Dear Ewen, may you rest in peace and if there is a Heaven I'm sure you will fill it with your own personal brilliance.

Posted by Beth Eaglen on October 17, 2010
I first met Ewen about eight years ago, he was a wonderful songwriter and musician and a very gentle thoughtful man. I will miss him.
Posted by Patricia Haswell on October 17, 2010
We will always be grateful to Ewen for graciously allowing our Trio Pipe Dream to record Black and White and for the support and encouragement he gave after watching us perform it. He illuminated our minds with his beautiful music. God Bless Ewen, sweet dreams from Pat John and Peter
Posted by brendan egan on October 16, 2010
I heard Gordon Lightfoot singing "If you could read my mind love" yesterday,
oo that hurt, it was Ewen that interpreted and sung that song so well for us in the early days when he was a warm friend and sensitive musician.
It's sad, an era gone in the blink of an eye.
Rest in Peace Ewen
Brendan And Sue
Posted by Tom Fielding on October 16, 2010
I first met Ewen at a charity event in Chester -Le-Street a couple of years ago, became an instant fan and got to know him a little. What a man and what a musician, his songs touched everyone who heard them. Jan and myself will miss him greatly and take consolation in the legacy of music he left.

Tom & Jan Fielding
Posted by Tom Hughes on October 15, 2010
September 16 2010 Ewen played at Darlington Arts Centre Folk Club, privatly he told me his fingers were failing but on stage you could not tell. Ewen was a quiet man with a God given gift for creating words and music that quietly expressed feelings that all of us could identify with. A master craftsman has left us with a beautiful legacy of very special songs. Goodbye Ewen-"The moving finger.."
Posted by Rob van Sante on October 15, 2010
So sorry to hear of your passing. Maybe you're gone but you and your music will be remembered forever. God bless you mate, from Rob and Elaine van Sante
Posted by Keith Taylor on October 14, 2010
We will never forget Tuesday nights at Cramlington when Ewen just popped in to try out a new song,it was a privilege for all to hear a true master craftsman
Audrey and I have many memories of time spent with Ewen these will always be treasured.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time a proud dad and granddad
Keith & Audrey
Posted by Derrick Loustalet on October 14, 2010
Ewen, I will never forget the impact you have had on my family and myself. I am so glad you were in my little Brody's life, he will miss his Papa Ewen so much. We had so many good times! I will miss you, and our late nights sipping tequila, talking, and laughing. God bless you and I'll see you again my friend.
Posted by Sylvia Swarner on October 14, 2010
Ewen touched many a heart, many a life. May his memory bring a smile to everyone who knew him. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Posted by David Carruthers on October 13, 2010
I am and always will be so proud of you Dad, we had some very special moments over the years, they are all good memories and will be with me forever. Love you so much..... Somewhere on the longway back, we'll meet again my friend....xxxxxx
Posted by Roger & Elaine Goode on October 13, 2010
I had the pleasure of knowing Ewen as a friend, colleague and gifted singer, songwriter and guitarist for over 40 years and Elaine shared the pleasure of Ewen's friendship and music for more than 35 years. We are proud that Ewen was our friend! 

Although we saw little of each other over the last 20 years, whenever we met the years rolled back, we picked up where we had left off, putting the world to rights, reminiscing about times past, often laughing until we cried! We really enjoyed those times and are so sad that we can never repeat them.

Ewen's unexpected and untimely passing leaves us shocked but thankful that he was not left incapacitated and unable to write, sing and play his music. 

It is tragic that the last chapter in Ewen's life was so short. We know how proud he was of David and Sarah and their families and the joy of being a Grandad. Our hearts go out to you for your tragic loss.

How fortunate we all are to have the wonderful legacy of Ewen's music to enjoy and to remember him by.

We shall miss you old boy! You may be gone but you will be forever remembered with great affection.

Rest in peace

Roger and Elaine
Posted by Susan Carruthers on October 13, 2010
My dearest Ewen:

My heart is filled with sadness but I am honored to have shared part of life’s journey with you.

So many memories
So many stories to share
So many songs

I play your music – it feels like you are still here with your guitar sharing your newest composition – how special to have been your audience

When I visit the ocean here I will think of one of my favorite songs “Pacific” and this will bring me peace.

Fondest love - until me meet again - Sue
Posted by Ross Brown on October 13, 2010
This was a thoughtful and gentle man with a remarkable gift for distilling powerful emotions from carefully chosen yet apparently simple pictures. He unerringly found intensity in the ordinary, and now those who loved him will feel the intensity, of both grief and love, that comes from his passing.

We were lucky to know him - and we are blessed to have his music as a memorial to a special man.
Posted by Andy Wilkie on October 13, 2010
A wonderful man who made wonderful music.

So much unwritten and songs unsung, a loss to all who knew him and all who enjoyed his music.

His legacy will live on through his songs, Carolyn and I will listen to them often and we will never forget you Ewen.
Posted by Moose Croasdell on October 13, 2010
You leave: but your songs never will. Goodbye Ewen. Sleep well
Posted by Janet Hainsworth on October 12, 2010
Ewen has left each of us a little bit of him which we will all treasure and keep within us.

Thank you for being and letting me be a true friend and confident over the last 35 years Ewen.

Going to miss you like crazy old man!!

Posted by lynda tobler on October 12, 2010
Will always remember the wonderful times you sang in our garden at various events.Thank you for leaving us with your beautiful music. Will miss you very much ewen
God bless from Lynda and John Tobler RGF Records.
Posted by john hedley on October 12, 2010
Well, Ewen, that was a rather short coda. From the heady days at the Black Swan in 1960 you matured into a formidable singer, songwriter and guitarist. You were always a dear friend and I was looking forward to seeing more of you on your return to England. What's that saying about "Weep not for whom the bell tolls"?
Well I weep for thee bonny lad.
Posted by sarah carruthers on October 12, 2010
Dad, You have been in my every waking thought since I heard the terrible news. I am so glad of the time we spent together since Ellie was born. She may not remember her grandad, but she'll grow up listening to your music - just as I did. I shall tell her of the time she first laughed on your birthday celebration - i will treasure that moment forever. We will love you always xxxxxx
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Posted by Susan Carruthers on July 26, 2021
To my darling Ewen
Just thinking of you and your wonderful music. Heard a band here in the US which reminded me of you. When I hear you sing it is as if you are sitting here playing and singing to us all. We miss you so much and your music and lyrics are timeless.  All our love always - Sue & Family
Posted by Mike Silver on July 24, 2021
I guess we all have things that we say a lot or questions we ask etc. One of mine is, have you heard any songs by Ewen Caruthers? After all these years, I still find myself asking the same question. Ewen, your songs were written with such simple and articulate beauty, they surprise me and inspire me always.
Posted by JOE WHITTAKER on July 24, 2021
I never met you or heard you sing live but your music lives on. Last night the wonderful duo of Harbottle & Jonas opened their concert at St Edith Folk , Otford, Kent with ' Was it You ? ' using the arrangement by Mike Silver. Just wonderful.
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Happy BirthdayEwen

Shared by Susan Carruthers on August 24, 2020
This past weekend we listened to my playlist of all your songs;  it was if you were sitting with us singing and playing your guitar
So many beautiful songs, lyrics and memories
I wish I had an outlet so many more people can appreciate your musical talent 
You are still missed Love always Su

Ewen teaching me :)

Shared by neil richardson on May 28, 2014

Ewen showing patience:)

Tennis Partner & Friend

Shared by Kathy Kirk on September 7, 2011

During our stay in the US, Ewen provided Peter with a much needed friend and they battled each other for many hours in tennis.

Ewen kept Pete same with his kindness and willingness to help Pete fill his days when he couldn't work.

Ewen you were a kind and gente man who left a positive mark where ever he went.

We will miss you

Pete & Kathy