Gaele William Hewson


1921 - March 10, 2005

439 Squadron

Gaele 'Hewie' William Hewson was born in Newmarket, Ontario to Fred and Jessie Hewson. The family later moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

He served during the Second World War in 439 Squadron. On September 9, 1944, the Typhoon MP152 flown by Flying Officer Geale Hewson was shot down by flak, near Westerschelde Vlissingen. Hewson was able to use his parachute and baled out.

Hewson became a prisoner of war for eight months.

After the war, he returned to Canada and attended the University of Toronto (Trinity College), graduating in 1949 with a B. Comm. He became a Chartered Accountant in 1957 based in Sudbury, Ontario and became the Regional Executive Partner of Ontario for Thorne Riddell, now KPMG. In 1982, he was awarded an FCA, retiring from active practice in 1986.

He made many contributions to the success of many businesses and enterprises during his career, specifically, spearheading the reconstruction of the Church of the Epiphany, after its fire in 1987. He enjoyed sailing and golfing. He and his wife, Margaret (Peg) nee Merwin had four children and eight grandchildren.

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