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Ewart H. Harley Sr. Dies in Florida

<p><img width=”155″ vspace=”5″ hspace=”8″ height=”200″ align=”left” title=”Ewart H. Harley Sr. ” alt=”Ewart H. Harley Sr. ” src=”/files/userfiles/image/Ewart%20Harley%20Sr_.jpg” />Ewart H. Harley Sr. of St. Thomas died Nov. 24, in Plantation, Florida. He was 86 years old.<br />
Ewart H. Harley Sr. and the late Gwendolyn Harley were married for 63 years and had two children from that union: Lydia Trotman and Ewart Jr. His family was his life, and he especially loved and always celebrated the holiday season with his family and friends. He was an avid music lover of jazz, classic R&amp;B and sports. He, along with his late wife, was part of a well-traveled travel group. In his younger years he was a champion bid whist player, and billiards was another pastime favorite.<br />
He graduated in the class of 1948 from Charlotte Amalie High School. After graduation he taught at the elementary school level on St. Thomas and St. John. In 1951, he was drafted for military service and selected by the U.S. Marine Corps at Fort Buchanan in Puerto Rico.<br />
At the age of 21, Ewart Sr. left California for Korea and was assigned to a unit that engaged in combat duty. He was wounded by hostile fire and was hospitalized in Japan where he learned the Japanese language.<br />
After his recovery, Ewart’s sergeant in charge of the casualty unit decided that he should remain in his company as a military policeman for the remainder of his tour of duty.<br />
In 1953, he returned to the United States and was honorably discharged. Ewart Sr. received the following military decorations and awards: the Purple Heart, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.<br />
In 2011, the AARP Chapter 3138 of St. Thomas recognized Ewart Sr. on Father’s Day as an outstanding father and role model for young men.<br />
Ewart Harley Sr. is survived by his daughter, Lydia B.Harley-Trotman; son, Ewart H. Harley Jr.; grandchildren: Shaun Trotman and Elton Trotman Jr.; great-grandchildren: Jayden Trotman, Isaiah Trotman and Sanaa Pongnon; daughter-in-law, Antoinette Shorter; brothers-in-law: Roy Blyden, Cyril Nedd and Franz Burton Jackson; sisters-in-law: Eslyn Chesterfied, Amy Blyden, Enid Blyden and Rita Blyden; and nieces: Ruby Amey Daphne Harley. <br />
He is also survived by cousins: Larry Benjamin, Aldria Wade, Mary Lou, Raymond, Cheryl and John Harley, Roselin Thompson, Liston, Aubrey, Julien and Hilda Harley, Jocelyn Harley-Peters, Leona Harley-Brown, Lorraine Harley-Schuster, Laverne Harley-Mathias, Lauris Harley and Holman Harley Jr., Lucinda Harley-Todman, Rev. Ralph Prince, Judge Ishmael A. Meyers Sr. and Ira Meyers; and other family members: the Christian, Wesselhoft, Sewer, Smith, Marsh, Matthias, Dalmida, Sprauve, Samuel, Roberts and Prince families. <br />
Other survivors include godchildren: Stephaine Robles, Monique Creque and Aubrey Haynes Jr.; adopted daughter, Sonia Schulterbrandt; special friends: Earl and Sylvia Vanterpool, Carmen Sibilly, Pat Jones, Stephen Jones Albert Mercer, Aubrey Haynes Sr., and Juan and Miriam Rogers; as well as many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.<br />
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the first viewing to be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Celestial Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home.<br />
The second viewing will be held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Christ Church Methodist. The funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Eastern Cemetery.<br />
For directions and online condolences, please visit www.hurleydavisfuneralhome.com.<br />
Arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home.<br />

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