Captain James Robert Ewart, MM

07-Jun-1958 - 10-Feb-2020

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Loved Fiercely


Captain James Robert Ewart, MM

June 7, 1958 – February 10, 2020 

“Looking back on the memory of the dance we shared beneath the stars above 
For a moment all the world was right 
How could I have known you'd ever say goodbye 
And now I'm glad I didn't know the way it all would end the way it all would go 
Our lives are better left to chance 

I could have missed the pain 
But I'd have had to miss the dance”

~The Dance (Garth Brooks)

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of “Capt. Jim”.  We are only now beginning to realize the immense impact he had on so many right across this country and beyond.  We were fortunate to know him as: a loving husband, an amazing dad, and a cherished brother, uncle and cousin.  He also always had a very special spot for great-nephew, Mr. E.  For others, he was a loyal colleague, a trusted mentor and a treasured friend.  He had a very generous heart and a belief in never taking more than you can give – and give, he did.  As he would say, he “loved fiercely” and first and foremost was the love he had for his two beautiful daughters, Adrienne and Samantha.  He was immensely proud of the women they have become and the lives they have begun with their partners. 

A sense of duty and service ran throughout his life and, in particular, his 38 years with the Canadian Coast Guard where he has maintained many solid lifelong friendships. He also had a deep conviction to giving the disadvantaged a fighting chance which was evident through a variety of causes he supported such as his long-standing commitment to World Vision and his assistance for Champ, a sweet disabled pup from Iqaluit.

Jim forged a new life partnership with his wife, Robbin, with whom he ran SILA North, and together they proudly served interests in Canada’s eastern Arctic. His other much-loved role was leading an expanding husky pack with whom he was known for his secret recipe cookies and bacon Sundays. Jim was also a strong voice encouraging inclusion and diversity in the maritime industry through the Company of Master Mariners of Canada (MMC) of which he was a proud member, Divisional Master of the Vancouver Island Division and National Board member.

His sudden and unexpected departure has left all of us completely devastated. We please ask for understanding as his family navigates this difficult time. We wish to reflect on how best to honour this great man who has been a huge part of our lives and find the appropriate way to show our respect and undying love. Celebrations of life will take place in the months ahead as we try to find our strength and our way forward without him at our side, cheering us on as he always did. We loved him as did so many and know that our lives will never be the same without him but consider ourselves fortunate for every moment spent in his company.

Jim is survived by his wife Robbin; daughters: Adrienne (Matthew) and Samantha (Evan); sisters: Susan, Janet (Richard); brother Barry and former wife Lori (Wayne). 

We hope to join you in celebration later but for those who wish to express their thoughts and support now, please note a few of Jim’s favoured charities (below). As well, his Facebook page will be opened to accept tributes, grand stories and great yarns of his adventures that have touched many. 

Details of arrangements made to celebrate his life will be posted here once known and on his Facebook page.

With love and much gratitude, Capt. Jim’s family

Favoured charities: MMC Foundation, Iqaluit Humane Society, World Vision 

For additional details on how to donate to any of these registered charities, please write:  info@silanorth.com

Condolences may be offered online at www.sandsduncan.ca. 

Posted by Gary Kassbaum | 24-Feb-2020

For short intermittent periods, over three years, I met Cap. Jim Ewart, a kind gentleman with a refined sense of humor and task master with high professional standards at our last three Company Of Master Mariners AGM's in N.Vancouver, St.John NB and Capital Region respectively. I noticed that whenever there were gaps with information logic and analysis by other CMMC Board Members at our meetings; Jim sprang to fill the void with good detailed suggestions, which were for the most part , followed up. Jim, with great effort and the assistance of Robbin, created a much needed, fully comprehensive, manual of Practices and Procedures for the Company Of Master Mariners Of Canada; a lasting epitaph to the memory of Jim and his professionalism and great teamwork work ethic. Jim will be sorely missed.

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Posted by Andrew McNeill | 21-Feb-2020

So saddened to learn of Jim's sudden passing. Ever since we first met him almost 42 years ago, I appreciated his opinion and enjoyed his outlook in life. Jim was a well respected Officer in the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet. He made a great contribution to the safe and effective operation of all the vessels under his command and fortunately I knew him not only as a fellow Officer..... but also as a friend. My sincere condolences to Robin, Adrienne, Samantha and all his extended family.

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