Murray Ewing, founder and CEO of Transchem Group, passes away

The car wash industry icon leaves behind a strong legacy.
Daniel Reale-Chin
Associate Editor, Convenience Store News Canada
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Murray Ewing

Murray Ewing, the founder and CEO of Transchem Group passed away on March 26, 2023. Ewing was based in Cambridge, Ont. and was surrounded by his family at the time.

Ewing’s grandson, Mackenzie Ewing, shared the news of his grandfather’s passing in a LinkedIn post on March 28: 

Sharing the difficult news that my Gramps and our founder and CEO of Transchem Group, Murray Ewing passed away peacefully on Saturday.

I was extremely fortunate to get home from Texas in time for some final words of advice, encouragement and even a laugh (he shook his head "no" when I asked if the Leafs would win a cup for him this year).

I had the honour of sharing some of his final wishes with our colleagues and friends in the industry: "Murray expressed that he wants us all to live our lives to the fullest, to cherish every day and to love each other in this 'big wide world'”.

The last meeting I had with Murray, we wrapped up and he said "great work on that, Mack" .... Such a cool opportunity to have that experience in business with three generations!

We are eternally grateful to the healthcare workers at Hamilton General Hospital and Cambridge Memorial Hospital for their hard work to make a very tragic day a little bit easier for our family.

Mackenzie is the director of strategic initiatives at Transchem Group and Turtle Wax Pro (a subsidiary of Transchem). His grandfather was a celebrated figure in Canada’s car wash industry. He began Transchem Group in 1974, and has since introduced multiple family members into the business including his sons Nathan and Tim Ewing. 

In 45 years, his company has gained a reputation for its chemical development and innovative technology. The Canadian Carwash Association (CCA) also shared the news to its members on March 29, with a message that read:

Murray was a true icon in the car wash industry and will be missed greatly. However, if you had the privilege of knowing this man, you will know he would want to be remembered and thought of being his best self in the “big wide world”, making a difference.

A mentor, gentleman, pioneer, kind soul, and a great listener. And always a man of his word.

The CCA sends our sincere condolences to Murray’s family and friends, we always appreciated his support and enthusiasm for the Car Wash industry.

The Ewing family will hold a private funeral to celebrate their patriarch. A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, April 15 at the Galt Country Club for friends of the Ewing family and Transchem Group.

“Have a big glass of wine or scotch for Murray today, it's what he would've wanted!” added Mackenzie on LinkedIn.

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