Obituary: George Thomas Evans
George Thomas Evans age 95, formerly of South Orange and Upper Montclair, died Sept. 26, having lived an immensely loving and impactful life, characterized by his devotion to God, his family, his friends, his country and to others. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Cassian Roman Catholic Church and Our Lady of Sorrows Parish.
Mr. Evans was predeceased in 1987 by his wife and companion of 35 years, Mary Patricia (McGovern) Evans; his sister, Catherine (Sr. Rosemarie, Sisters of Saint Joseph); and brother, William T. Evans.
He was cherished by his eight children, Mary Evans, Patricia (Sam) Turvey, Cecelia (Ed) Beekman, Tim (Joyce) Evans, William (Nancy) Evans, Thomas G. Evans, Margaret (Nick) Beattie and Frank (Tara) Evans. He was cherished as well by “Pop Pop’s” 10 adoring grandchildren, John, Catherine and Georgia Turvey; Tim (Michelle) and Anna Beekman; and Michael, Thomas (Alyssa), Will, Meg and George Evans.
The family is deeply appreciative to Michael Kwakye, who provided professional and compassionate care during the past two years of Mr. Evans’ life and who became a beloved family member.
After graduation from West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Mr. Evans joined the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Juneau (CL-119). Post-war, he enrolled in LaSalle College. He had a successful and rewarding career and was a vice president for Bristol Myers, where he led sales and promotions for Monarch Crown and ultimately left the workforce in 1998.
Giving back to the community was central to his and wife Mary Pat’s lives. They helped establish the St. Cassian School PTA, the first Parish Council and the school’s foundation. Among other commitments, he was the committee chair for Boy Scout Troop 8, helped fundraise for the Montclair Ambulance Unit and served on the board of the West Essex Rehabilitation Center. In more recent years, Mr. Evans was very active with the Mercier Club and its annual charitable Beefsteak Dinner. He also was a proud member of Montclair’s Dunworkin’ Club, a weekly lunch and lecture organization for retirees. “Pop Pop” also volunteered one day a week in the lunchroom at Our Lady of Sorrows School in South Orange.
His treasured sister, Catherine, who died at an early age of leukemia, was a beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill. Mr. Evans was a key force in raising more than $1 million for the aged and infirm sisters of the order. His love and pride for his sister, and the order, remained with him his entire life.
A lifelong learner, Mr. Evans was an enthusiast determined to put a smile on the face of everyone he met. Near the end, he considered himself the “luckiest guy in the world,” but those who knew and loved him will claim to be the luckier.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, 9701 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118-2694 or via ssjphila.org/home/support-our-mission/donate-page.
Viewing will be on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect St., South Orange, with interment to follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Montclair. For online condolences, visit moriartyfh.com.