‘Football and Family’: Retired Cardinal O’Hara Coach Bob Ewing Dead at 88

David Bjorkgren
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Former Cardinal O’Hara head coach Bob Ewing, center, with captains (from left) Darrin Holmes, Bill Hendricks and Brian Dempsey.
Image via submitted photo from Joe Gallagher for the Daily Times.
Former Cardinal O’Hara head coach Bob Ewing, center, with captains (from left) Darrin Holmes, Bill Hendricks and Brian Dempsey.

Bob Ewing, head football coach for 16 seasons at Cardinal O’Hara High School, died Monday night at age 88, writes Terry Toohey for the Daily Times.

For Ewing, life was about family and football, sometimes at the same time.

“It was a family thing,” his son, Bob Jr. said of his father’s career. “Our family was always doing that football thing. We didn’t know who the Eagles were playing because of Catholic League football on Sundays.”

Ewing was a player at St. James School in Ridley Park, then an assistant coach there before moving over to Cardinal O’Hara.

Ewing got involved in coaching after he took a job at Sun Oil and moved to Crum Lynne, watching  the neighborhood kids play.

He started a youth league team (the Crum Lynne Bulldogs), buying equipment for the kids.

Ewing moved to Cardinal O’Hara in 1975, transforming the Lions.

In 16 seasons, Ewing had an overall record of 116-55-4 and a league mark of 79-24-2.

He retired in 1990. The Lions took a city title in 1979, Catholic League championships in 1979, 1980 and 1985, six Southern Division crowns and four Suburban Section championships.

Read more at the Daily Times about the passing of Cardinal O’Hara coach Bob Ewing.

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