Danvers, MA — Philip L. Evans, 87, a distinguished veteran of WWII and the Korean War and a prominent Peabody businessman, died peacefully Monday evening at his residence with his family at his side. He was the devoted husband of Gloria (Spinazola) Evans. He was born in Peabody, Mass., on September 23, 1925, the son of the late Howard and Edith (Littlefield) Evans and was raised in Danvers, graduating from Holten High School in 1943. He then entered the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of both WWII and Korea. Phil was the recipient of Thirteen Service Ribbons; seven battle stars, a Presidential Navy Unit Citation and a Bronze Star Medal with Valor prior to his discharge in 1952.
Phil had been in the floral business most of his life, first working with his father at Evans Flowers in Peabody and later as president of My Florist in Salem. He had also served as an assistant general manager of the Boston Flower Exchange for many years and later was a consultant at Nunan Flowers in Groveland. He was very active while residing in Peabody, serving as a trustee and director of the former J.B. Thomas Hospital and was also a director of the Warren Five Savings Bank. He had been the general chairman of the Peabody YMCA from 1965-1969 and helped organize the purchase of the YMCA Family Outdoor Center on Lynnfield Street, Peabody. He was a 25 year volunteer of the Peabody American Red Cross and a lifetime blood donor, donating more than 257 pints of blood plus donating Platelets and whole blood. He was a member and past president of the Peabody Rotary Club, a member of the Jordan Lodge of Mason, A.F. & A.M. of Peabody and a member and past president of the Tanner City Men’s Club. He had been active in the South Congregational Church in Peabody and later at the Maple Congregational Church in Danvers. In his later years, Phil helped with the VFW Boy Scout Troop 58 in Danvers and was affectionately known as the Grandfather of the Troop, helping the scouts with their merit badges.