Bruce McEwan
Bruce McEwan
  • March 19, 1937 - November 23, 2017
  • Orlando, Florida

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Bruce McEwan, a lifelong resident of Orlando, Florida, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Thursday, November 23, 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family. Bruce was born on March 19, 1937, to the late Dr. and Mrs. Duncan McEwan of Orlando. He is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Margaret Lynne Peteet McEwan (M.L.), two sisters in law and two brothers in law, Portia and Steve Lary of Greenwood, Mississippi and Rebecca and David Cleland of Madison, Mississippi and their children and grandchildren. He is also survived by several McEwan cousins in the Orlando area, including Nancy McEwan Wilkins and Jack McEwan.

Bruce was a 1955 high school graduate of Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, a graduate of Rollins College and received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Florida in 1964, where he continued to enjoy his membership in Kappa Alpha Order. He began his law career as an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation and was a judge of Industrial Claims. Bruce was elected to the Florida Legislature in 1980 and remained in service until 1992. He served on the National Conference of Insurance Legislators Committee and was instrumental in the establishment of the Gamble Rogers State Park in Flagler Beach, Florida.

Bruce was a long time follower of the University of Florida sports and was a member of the Bull Gator Club for many years. He also enjoyed following the Miami Dolphins. Bruce and M. L. loved traveling and were fortunate to visit many countries. Bruce loved that he had experienced all continents and all U.S. states. Bruce and M.L. generously shared worldwide trips with their sisters, nieces, and nephews.

Bruce was a long time active member of the Rotary Club of Orlando and attained a perfect attendance award for 45 years. He was adored as “the best Uncle Buck” by his family and many young friends. He will be missed as a unique family man, Bull Gator, colorful friend by his loving wife, his family and extended circle of caring friends.

A private memorial service has been held for the immediate family.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Gamble Rogers Memorial Foundation, 203 S.W. 3rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, or the Rotary Club of Orlando Foundation, P.O. Box 560388, Orlando, FL 32856, or to a charity of choice.