Earle Joseph Hewitt “Joe” III 1946 – 2009

The BCPA Members and executive offer their condolences to the family and friends  of Joe Hewitt on his passing Nov. 25 2009.

Earle Joseph Hewitt “Joe” III

Hewitt, Joe 63 08-31-1946 11-25-2009 Earle Joseph “Joe” Hewitt III died peacefully early Wednesday morning at Signature Hospice House with his wife and daughter at his side. Joe was born in Wilmington, Del., Aug. 31, 1946, to Earle Joseph Hewitt Jr. and Virginia “Ginny” Senn after “Big Joe” returned from World War II. His brother Bill joined the family in 1949 and grandmother Margaret Clifton came to live with the family in 1955.

Big Joe was in the insurance business which caused the family to move to Norfolk, Va., Indianapolis and finally to Portland in 1957. In Portland they became part of the Raleigh Hills community where they lived for many years. Joe graduated from Beaverton High School in 1964 and Portland State University in 1969. Joe married Susan Callahan in 1979. They have one daughter, Amy Foster Wolferman; a son-in-law, Eric Wolferman; and grandchildren, Finley and Griffin, all of whom live in Missoula, Mont., and brought much joy to Joe’s life.

Joe worked in the field of graphic design and marketing. He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell Yellow Pages and Freightliner. He was a partner in Shantz Hewitt & Assoc., and in Choteau Marketing and was self-employed as Hewitt TriWest. Joe made numerous dear friends as he pursued his career. Joe had many interests and led a full life. He was an artist. He loved fishing, trains, militaria, reading and especially traveling, with a particular love of England and Scotland and the American Southwest.

He was immersed in the Portland Scottish piping and drumming community since he was a teenager. He played the drums with various pipe bands including Clan Macleay, Blue Heron Bay, Willamette Valley and most recently the Portland Metro Pipe Band. He was also a drumming instructor with the Sir James McDonald Youth Pipe Band and the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band, passing on his love of Scottish piping and drumming to a younger generation.

Besides his wife and daughter, Joe is survived by his brother, Bill; sister-in-law, Sally; and nephews, Will and Chris. Joe loved them all very much.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Portland Metro Pipe Band (http://www.pm-pb.org/) or the Musella Foundation that supports brain tumor research (http://www.virtuals.com/Musella.cfm).

Published in The Oregonian on November 28, 2009