Gail Eleanor Ewan
Gail Eleanor Ewan passed away peacefully July 3, following a sudden debilitating illness which started last fall.
As a young woman, she graduated with a B.Sc. Home Economics degree from McGill University and started her career as dietitian/nutritionist with the Montreal Diet Dispensary, then later worked for the Dairy Bureau (now Farmers) of Canada.
She was well-read in many subjects and supplemented this with Classical Studies (honour student in 1980s at Concordia U.). In her retirement she kept up her love of learning through The McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL) and her membership with the Montreal Dickens Fellowship. She also took art courses and produced some excellent paintings. And forget not Gail the cinephile!
Her love of history, the arts, and philosophy led to her travels, which started in the late 60s. She visited Portugal, then the U.K., travelled through Europe to India, Tibet, Nepal, Loas, and Indonesia, learned about Buddhism and picked up a teaching certificate from Montessori Method School in Sri Lanka. Over the years, she made friends in many places.
Gail loved to regale her friends with great stories and was known for her gift of writing.
Generous of heart, she gave herself to others: a weekly volunteer at the Atwater library and the Reclaim Literacy center (in St Henri), also regularly at the MCLL office and at the annual McGill Book sale.
Predeceased by her parents and brother David. Gail leaves behind her cousins Victoria Johnson and her children and Christine (Kevin) Shaw and their children, Donald and Bruce MacCrimmon, plus her many friends from both near and far.
Many thanks to Dr. Hornstein and the care team at the Montreal General Hospital and, also, the Catherine Booth Hospital, who all did their absolute best for Gail.
A private burial ceremony will take place July 30. In memory of Gail, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice. For messages of condolence, please go to Obituaries - Montréal, Laval and the South Shore – Search - Urgel Bourgie / Athos
Messages in memory of Gail Eleanor Ewan
July 12, 2021
I too lived with Gail in the early 70s on Pierce Street, with a stream of fun and interesting roommates, including Richard Strauss. Those were special times to say the least. Gail was working at the Diet Dispensary, and she was so committed to the cause of giving each child a fair and healthy start in life. Once I moved away, we saw each other occasionally but, sadly, not enough. Whenever we got together, however, it was always full of laughter. At our last visit a few years ago, I enjoyed hearing about her recent travels and was glad to know that she was still galavanting around the planet. I so admired Gail for her involvement in volunteer activities, including the Canada Tibet Committee, and her wide range of knowledge and interests, including her love of cats. In Gail's memory, I will send a donation to a cat rescue society.
July 12, 2021
I will write something but it couldn't contain all it should. Gail has been one of my best friends since 1975 when I took a class with her at Concordia and later became one of her roommates on Pierce Street. What a kind and caring person. We shared travel experiences. I met her mother. I loved getting the best vanille softfreeze cones near the home she lived in as a girl. It’s one of the longest friendships of my life. I miss her very much. I enjoyed our discussions and she certainly didn’t back down on some of her views. I visited with my son as you know and she visited here.
July 12, 2021
On behalf of the Atwater Library, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gail Ewan.
Gail was a volunteer at the Atwater Library for 10 years. Throughout that time, she touched the lives of many staff members, volunteers, and patrons. We are thankful for the invaluable help and time Gail provided us. She was always a pleasure to work with, always quick with a story, and a real lover of books.
Rest in peace Gail, Thursday mornings will never be the same.
Kimberley (on behalf of the Atwater Library)
Farewell, my dearest Gail. I will always treasure our forty plus years of friendship. How we will miss you - at the Centaur plays, our museum outings, our backyard parties, passing on good books to each other, enjoying a restaurant meal together. I will miss your wealth of knowledge, your wit, your love of cats and orchids and bright colours, and your great stories, especially the funny ones. From the first day I met you at the MDD, I have seen how much you have given of yourself to others. Rest in peace dear Gail.
Gail and I would meet for dinner when I travelled to Montreal. I loved her stories and Browsing through bookstores - she knew every bestseller! We often went on work trips together - my daughters got to know and love her too. God speed my friend - ‘TIL we meet again