Obituary: Peter Elliot Ewing

Peter Elliot Ewing, co-founder of Ewing-Foley, Cupertino, CA, passed away on Dec. 5 at the age of 81. Ewing immigrated from Canada to the United States in 1952 and obtained his citizenship in 1957. He  began his career as an independent rep when he joined the Nickerson Rudat Sales Co. in 1958. In 1961, Ewing purchased Nickerson Rudat and renamed it Ewing and Associates. Dick Foley joined him in 1964 and the firm was incorporated as Ewing-Foley, Inc. in 1967.

Ewing was a longtime member of NEMRA, (National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association), serving on its board of directors and later as president from 1992-1993. An educational scholarship in his name was established at NEMRA in 1997 and continues to grant aid annually to students pursuing careers in the electrical industry.

He is survived by his wife Penny; his son, Jeffrey, his wife Janet; his daughters, Deborah, Kimberly and Jennifer, and her husband Bryan; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and many close friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to either the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ( or to NEMRA’s educational Empower Tomorrow Fund ( Ewing Foley Inc. will match all donations made in remembrance of Ewing to the NEMRA foundation.

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