Rick Hewson peacefully departed this Earth on April 27, 2023, at the young age of 65, after a long battle, side effects, and complications from a brain tumor. Born in Summit, New Jersey, Rick grew up in Warren Township, New Jersey, and attended Watchung Hills Regional High School.
Rick and his wife, Shelly, started Hewson Landscape Inc. in 1990, which grew to be a successful business that Shelly is still operating today in his honor.
Rick was an animal lover, having grown up with horses and a love for German Shepherds. His passion for horses got him involved with saddle bronc rodeo riding, where he competed at Cowtown Rodeo in Pilesgrove, New Jersey, not to mention Madison Square Garden and other rodeos up and down the East Coast. Rick’s love for living on the wild side inspired him to receive his Black Belt at the Judo Karate Center in Cranford, New Jersey, under the tutelage of Yoshida Yonezuka and Chun Mon Tsang.
Rick enjoyed traveling with Shelly and spending time with friends at home or out on the town. Rick enjoyed meeting new acquaintances and was nicknamed “the Mayor” because of his social enthusiasm and long-lasting relationships with people he would meet on vacation, in everyday life, or while cheering on the Jets and hosting sports parties at “The Barn.”
Rick is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Shelly Hewson, his mother, Nancy Eckenrod, his sister, Michelle Voss, her husband, Art, and their son, Nicholas, all from Cape Coral, Florida.