Danvers, MA — Philip L. Evans, 87, devoted husband and father, prominent Peabody resident and community leader, distinguished veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict, died peacefully on Tuesday evening at his residence with his family by his side.
Born on September 23, 1925, he was married for 62 years to Gloria (Spinazola) Evans, and was the father to three sons, John of Nashua, N.H., Scott of Salem, Mass.,and James and his wife, Jan of Danvers.
Phil first volunteered for naval military service in 1943, and earned, for active duty, 13 service ribbons, 7 battle stars, the Presidential Navy Unit Citation, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, before his honorable military discharge in 1952.
For most of his life, Phil had been in the floral business, working first with his father, Howard, at Evans Flowers in Peabody, and later as owner of My Florist in Salem.
His community service included work for JB Thomas Hospital, Warren Five Savings Bank, Peabody YMCA,
Peabody American Red Cross. An avid blood and platelet donor, he was also an active member of the Peabody Rotary Club, Jordan Lodge of Masons, Tanner City Men’s Club, South Congregational Church in Peabody, and Maple Street Congregational Church in Danvers. In his later years, Phil helped Boy Scouts of America Troop 58, charted by Danvers VFW, and was affectionately known as the “grandfather” of the troop. His charitable contributions and community service touched and changed many lives.
In addition to his immediate family, Phil is survived by his sister, Dorothy; his five grandchildren, Jaclyn, Jeramey, Garrett, Leanna, and Matthew; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and loyal friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Honoring his request, there are no visiting hours. A family service will be private. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers MA 01923, and/or to All Care Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn MA 01901.
Arrangements by Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn Street, Peabody, Mass.