John Ewanyk, 86, of Rome, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 after an extended illness. He was born on December 31, 1924 in Pittsburgh, PA; a son of the late Theodore and Susie Ewanyk. He graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1944. On November 7, 1953, in Zion Episcopal Church, John was united in marriage to the former Gladys Szawlowski. He was a tool maker for Rome Manufacturing, General Electric, and Rome Tourney until his retirement in 1994. John was a devoted musician since the age of 16, playing the accordion and bass for many bands through the years. He was a member of the Mohawk Valley Musicians Association. He enjoyed playing basketball in his earlier years and played semi-professional for Rome Manufacturing. John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gladys; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Wayne Arsenault of ME; two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Colleen Ewanyk of OR and Jay and Shari Ewanyk of Little Falls; and five cherished grandchildren,Jared, Luke, Lauren, Alex, and Brian Mr. Ewanyk's Memorial Service will be celebrated on Tuesday at 4:00p.m. at the Gulla Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., 209 N. Washington St., Rome (336-5700). Private interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
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