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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
Posted by Steve Marchant on October 12, 2010
A very sad loss for all who knew him.
Ewen - thank you for some very special times especially in the 70's. It was a very important time in all our lives and we at least have the memories.
I was proud of what we achieved and would like to think Micky and I played a small part in your achievements.
Long Live Freeway - Love Steve and Marilyn (dont suppose I'll ever get my green jumper back now!)
Posted by Cath Ingham on October 12, 2010
Having been introduced to Ewen and his songs by Mike Silver I have very fond memories of him coming to the Nook in Holmfirth to see Mike and to appear as a guest in his on right.
He will be remembered through his many beautiful songs.
Posted by Chantelle Loustalet on October 12, 2010
You will truly be missed. I hope you know how much you meant to me. Listening to your amazing music makes me so sad. I am so glad for your music because it allows me to hear your voice.
I love you
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Posted by Nancy Smith on July 22, 2020
The angels looked down from heaven one night.
They searched for miles afar,
And deep within the distance
They could see a shining star.

They knew that very instant
That the star was theirs to gain,
So they took you up to heaven,
Forever to remain.

Look down on us from heaven.
Keep us free from hurt and pain.
You'll always be within our hearts
Until we meet again.

Posted by Dean Akrill on July 22, 2020
Today I was sorting through some old cassette tapes, and I found Ewen's "Secret lives"; it brought back memories of folk clubs in Goole in the early nineties, where I met Ewen, and he inspired me to write some songs. I was never as good as him. Sad to hear he has now passed away. love & prayers.
Posted by Graham Hodge on October 4, 2019
We can’t believe it’s nine years since Ewen left us, but our thoughts are often with him and his wonderful songs are always on my itinerary.
Graham & Lesley
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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

Shared by David Patrick on October 28, 2010

I received a telephone call yesterday from my sister in law who told me she had read an article about Ewen's passing in a local newspaper in Blyth.

Ewen was best man at my wedding in 1967, however sadly we lost touch in the early '70s for no apparent reason, and until now I had been unaware of his life since then and the impact his music has had on so many people.

Ewen and I worked together at the Zurich Insurance Co. office in Newcastle and I also used to travel with him on the bus to the office.

I used to get on the bus before Ewen and when the bus was approaching the his stop at Bebside, inevitably Ewen would be nowhere in sight. As the bus passed the road junction near the bus stop, Ewen would be seen running at full speed. often with his guitar over his shoulder.

Most bus drivers were used to his lateness and would wait, however on some occasions his race was in vain.

I also recall another occasion when Ewen was best man at another wedding, that of Rob and Vikki Todd.

Newcastle were playing at home that day and after the reception, we headed off to the match with Ewen dressed in his wedding finery, an unusual sight on the St. James's Park terraces.

I carry full responsibility for having introduced Ewen to Newcastle United and wonder if he still followed their fortunes in later life.

On reading the other tributes , I was particularly sad to note that Ewen had performed at Chester-le-St. on 16th September with me being unaware that he was only 6 miles from my home.That date was also the 43rd anniversary of my marriage to Pat at which Ewen was best man.

Although my memories of Ewen go back a long way, he will never be forgotten.