Memorial on Sunday afternoon for James Ewing, 1992-2013

October 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm | In Obituaries, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 16 Comments

The life of West Seattle High School graduate James Ewing, gone at just 21 years old, will be celebrated this Sunday. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing:

James Douglas Ewing, 21, passed away peacefully at home October 19, 2013 surrounded by the love of those close to him. He was born June 27, 1992 to Ted Ewing and Ellen Becker and grew up in West Seattle. He and his father were “Ted and James” since James was a toddler and remained close friends into adulthood. They shared many great adventures on dusty baseball fields, boating in Puget Sound, helping his dad at work, dirt biking and snowmobiling. James attended Schmitz Park Elementary, Madison Middle School, and graduated from West Seattle High School in June 2010, where he participated both in wrestling and baseball.

James continued his education at Highline Community College. Without warning he had a seizure and was diagnosed with Glioblastoma. This is an aggressive form of brain cancer and cannot be cured, but only fought and James made the decision to fight and live the rest of his life to the fullest. He spent many hours in medical care, but continued doing fun things with loved ones. During these years, there were many trips to the mountains and Puget Sound enjoying life while at the same time knowing that life would not be as long as it should be for someone so young.

He had spent the last years fighting valiantly, and early this fall was told that he may have only several months to live. He lived much, laughed much, and loved much. The world is left to mourn. He was much loved. His memory will live on in the sounds heard from a baseball field of a game in progress, the bright glint of sun off the water on a summer afternoon, and immeasurable other beautiful moments happening around us every day.

Please join us in a memorial celebration of our beloved James to be held Sunday. November 3rd at 1:00 pm at the Des Moines Field House, 1000 S 220th, Des Moines, WA 98198. It is time to celebrate a life well lived and support each other in this time of loss.

16 Comments

  1. Beautiful remembrance. Wishing you peace at this difficult time.

    Comment by enough — 1:06 pm October 30, 2013 #

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a wonderful person.

    Comment by Bonnie — 2:36 pm October 30, 2013 #

  3. James grew up across the street from us he and was a great kid. He never complained through all of this which was pretty remarkable. What a fine baseball player and son to his father Ted. They were about as close as a father and son could get.
    James you lived life large and will be missed.

    Comment by Bob — 2:55 pm October 30, 2013 #

  4. Very touching. So sorry for the loss of this young man. He obviously brought a great deal of love and joy to many who knew him.

    Comment by elaine — 4:04 pm October 30, 2013 #

  5. que en paz descanse, james.
    those people at wshs who knew you will remember your amazing spirit.

    Comment by kumalavula — 5:08 pm October 30, 2013 #

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. He sounded like a wonderful young man. May he be in peace. My condolences.

    Comment by ACG — 6:57 pm October 30, 2013 #

  7. He sounds like a man that will live on in the hearts of many. Condolences to his family and friends.

    Comment by ttt — 10:25 pm October 30, 2013 #

  8. Years ago, (2008) I participated in a golf tournament celebrating the life of a man who died of a Glioblastoma on the eastside. Chris Eliott’s wife has established a fundraising organization for this purpose. John Curley of Evening Magazine was the host and we raised alot of dough that night for research. That fight goes on. Those that are wishing to remember James could find no better avenue.

    http://chriselliottfund.org/great2012and2013braincanceradvocayrockstar/

    Comment by Dale — 11:13 pm October 30, 2013 #

  9. What a wonderful remembrance…. This made me think of families that are facing such difficult circumstances….. Peace and loving memories to his family…. Thanks for sharing a bit about this vibrant young man….

    Comment by Dano — 11:34 pm October 30, 2013 #

  10. I’m sorry for the loss of such a fine young man.
    May his dad remain strong and know he provided his son a wonderful life.

    Comment by pixie — 7:58 am October 31, 2013 #

  11. I’m so sorry for the loss of your young son. My younger brother died at the age of 18 of Glioblastoma almost 16 years ago. It breaks my heart it has taken another young & vibrant life.

    Comment by Heather — 11:38 am October 31, 2013 #

  12. I am so sorry Ted, I know it hurts.
    Ron

    Comment by Ron — 2:31 pm October 31, 2013 #

  13. My heart is broken for this family. Many thoughts and prayers to you.

    Comment by SJoy — 7:23 pm October 31, 2013 #

  14. Your absence has no words………At peace I’m sure next is Love and strength for Dad!!!!LOVE always my James

    Comment by Laurrie — 9:15 am November 1, 2013 #

  15. Our most sincerely thoughts and prayers are with you Ted. James will be in our hearts forever.
    David and family

    Comment by David & family — 3:08 pm November 2, 2013 #

  16. James was a great person, I always knew him to have a positive attitude and a smile on his face. My thoughts are with Ted and the rest of his family.

    Comment by Jeff S — 9:50 am November 4, 2013 #

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