Peabody — Robert A. Evans, a longtime North Shore resident, passed away suddenly January 4, 2013, at his home in Peabody.
Mr. Evans was the devoted son of William and Emily Evans, of Cumberland, Md. He was born in Cumberland on January 6, 1929. He was the youngest of four children (brothers, Raymond and William, sister, Jane). He graduated from Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, and then from Shenandoah College in Virginia. At Shenandoah, he met Evelyn Deschenes of Danvers, and they were married in 1951 at St. Mary’s Church in Danvers. After Bob taught music at public schools in Virginia and Maine, the family moved to Salem, then to Beverly. They lived for more than 40 years on Sunset Drive in Beverly. For the past five years, Bob and Evelyn lived at Brooksby Village in Peabody.
Mr. Evans worked for many years as a manager at RCA and GE in Burlington; he retired in 1995. Outside of work, he was an accomplished musician (especially on the trumpet), a painter of wonderful New England landscapes and seascapes, an avid golfer, a fan of mystery novels and history books, and an enthusiastic boatsman. He especially enjoyed the many travels he and Evelyn took together, including visits with family in Maryland and trips around the country and overseas, often with their brothers and sisters and their families; they also cherished their Beverly neighborhood and neighbors. Mr. Evans was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and neighbor.
Mr. Evans is survived by beloved wife of 61 years, Evelyn; by his sons, Larry Evans of Beverly and Michael Evans of Cheverly, Md.; and by his grandchildren, Thomas Evans, Jennifer Catherall, Joseph Evans, Sean Evans, Aselefech Evans, Adanech Evans, and Christopher Evans; by his great-granddaughter, Zariyah Quiroz, and by many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation on Wednesday, from 4-7 p.m. in the Mackey Funeral Home, 22 Conant St., Danvers. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 9 a.m. in St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, 24 Conant St., Danvers. Burial will be private. Please see www.mackeyfuneralhome.com for further info or to leave a condolence.