Lawrence Johnson


Lawrence Johnson "Larry" Ewald, 88, of Holden Avenue, Peru, died peacefully, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at his home, under the loving care of his family and Hospice of the North Country.
He was born in Bristol, Conn., April 23, 1931, the son of Gustave and Anna (Johnson) Ewald. He graduated from Plainville High School, attended the University of Connecticut and enlisted in the Army to serve in Korea as a photo interpreter.
Following his stint in the service, he attended Becker Junior College for business. He was employed for over 40 years at Champlain Valley Motors and Knight Cadillac Oldsmobile in Plattsburgh as business manager. Upon retirement from the car business, Larry worked for several years at Putters in Plattsburgh as a landscaper and gardener. Being outdoors working with plants was a true joy for Larry.
Larry met his future wife, Elizabeth Campbell and they married in Lake Placid on June 23, 1955. They were just shy of celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary. Larry and Elizabeth settled in Peru, raising their four children and becoming active members of the community.
Service to others was integral to Larry's character. He was a 50-year member of the Peru Lions Club, serving as president and in numerous other capacities, working tirelessly on the annual John Adams Turkey Trot and spearheading litter pick-up along the Bear Swamp Road.
Larry was a faithful Catholic and staunch supporter of St. Augustine's parish. He served as church trustee, Eucharistic minister, president of the Home and School Club and on set up for the annual Apple Fest, as well as weekly bingo.
Larry also was an elected member of the Peru Central School Board for five years during the 80s and was an active participant in the Peru Youth Commission.
As a veteran of the Korean War, Larry participated in the North Country Honor Flight.
Larry was a hardworking, kind and gentle man, his wife's best friend and his children's most ardent supporter on and off the athletic field. He was a loyal friend to many people and good causes. His spirit will live on in family stories and in his good works for the community.
Left to cherish the memory of Larry are, his loving wife, Elizabeth; four children and nine grandchildren, Ann Shaw and her children, Matthew and Brooke Shaw, Patrick and Sarah; Lawrence Ewald and his children, Chad and Shannon Ewald, Trever, and Jessica Ewald and Dan Mangan; Michael Ewald and Gregory Glenn; and Peter Ewald and his children, Benjamin, Nathan and Emma; seven great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Herb and Colleen of Hood River, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine's Church in Peru with Rev. Alan D. Shnob, parish priest, celebrating. Committal prayers, military honors, and burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Donations in his memory may be made to the North Country Honor Flight, PO Box 2644, Plattsburgh, NY 12901, or Hospice of the North Country, 358 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Larry's family wishes to give special thanks to Cathy Phillips for her care of Mr. Ewald during his decline and the staff of Hospice of the North Country for their exceptional and compassionate care of Larry as well.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Larry Ewald please visit
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9 posts

Mark Rivers
Jun 17, 2019
I don't think I can ever remember seeing Mr. Ewald without a smile and a positive statement. Larry and Peter, I am sure you are heartbroken, but you can always feel proud that he was your Dad. My respectful condolences to the rest of the Ewald family for your loss.
Walt and Janet Russell
May 26, 2019
Condolences to his family. We have lost a very good man. Prayers to Larry Sr. and his family.
Joseph Ston
May 22, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. Larry was one of the nicest people anyone could have the privilege of knowing. All our prayers and good wishes go out to all of you.
Todd Woodward
May 22, 2019
God bless and forever keep the shining beacon of one of Peru's stalwart families. God, comfort his family and friends. Please bless Mrs. Ewald, Ann, Larry, Michael, and Peter. There are none better than the Ewald family.
Maureen McGee
May 22, 2019
as a young girl I always remember Mr. and Mrs. Ewald walking in Peru. I thought what a wonderful couple. they always had a smile for everyone they met. Thoughts and prayer with the family.
Frank Camelo
May 22, 2019
Larry TOok my Son
Pete with his Son
To Montreal for tryouts for the EXPOS.. It was a great day.

Larry was a great guy... We both were Korean Veterans....
Wally Vanderhoff
May 21, 2019
Mr. Weald was a gentleman in every way imaginable! Society lost a gem. He was an absolute breath of fresh air every time I saw him. His family and friends had a great role model to follow. Cherish all the good times you had with him. My thoughts are with you all.
Joe and Jutta Purtell
May 21, 2019
Our hearts are sad with yours -----sending our deepest Sympathy at this time and keeping you in our prayers
May 20, 2019