George Harmon Evans
March 31, 1932 - December 14, 2017
Friday, January 12, 2018 12:35 PM
I always felt that I had a very special relationship with my dad. One of my earliest memories is, following nightmares, I would sit at the top of the steps in our house in Clark's Summit, looking in terror at the front door, and calling for him. He always came and comforted me, then escorted me back to bed. I could ask him any question, and believe me, I asked some doozies, and he would answer honestly, even if he was embarrassed. He had a difficult time dealing with medical issues, but when I had my second baby at home, he paced out on the porch until the delivery. He came in and my husband placed our daughter, Bobbi, in his arms. She stared up at him in wonder, and I could actually see them bond. Her first word was Pa - short for Grandpapa, which is what my four children called him. He was so very wonderful with them, especially when they were littles, and loved to play with him on the floor. He even let the girls "do" his hair. I loved him more than I can say, and am so grateful that God graced us with him for so long. RIP Poppi, I miss you every day.
Nancy Evans Budda (Red Hill, PA)
Saturday, January 06, 2018 7:13 AM
We share comfort in knowing Mr. Evans is no longer suffering. We send thoughts of sympathy and support to you and your family as you begin your journey without your dad.
"COGWA St. Kitts and Nevis"
Verlene Simpson (Basseterre)
Wednesday, January 03, 2018 10:43 PM
It was a pleasure and a privilege to know George Evans over the last 12 or 13 years. He was a special man.
He lived such an interesting life—had so many experiences—and was such a good storyteller. I found it fascinating to hear the stories about how he and Betty both came to be interested in the Church at the same time as they were planning to get married, how they made the very long drive to Pittsburgh to go to services, and how excited they were when a congregation was started in New York City.
I enjoyed his stories about working for the Church at Feast sites across the country and then how an architectural firm suddenly had need of a person with just his experience at the exact time that he was looking for a job. I loved his Statue of Liberty stories—he was a celebrity to me!
Yes, I heard some stories more than once, but I felt like I was always learning new, amazing things about this intelligent, hard-working, honorable man who was so friendly and had such a good sense of humor. I will miss him very much.
Becky Bennett (Plano, TX)
Monday, January 01, 2018 6:36 PM
Some of may favorite childhood memories revolve around the Evans family. David had a friendly smile for me when I walked into the 5th grade classroom as "the newby" in Wisconsin Dells back in the early 70's. Mr. and Mrs. Evans were like 2nd parents to me. They included me when they took the kids to see "Fiddler on the Roof", a movie that changed my life and started my love of theater. Mrs. Evans was right there comforting my Mom and me in the doctor's office when I suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns at a school function at the lake.
I remember Mr. Evans as funny, firm, intelligent, and loving. He will be missed.
Ruth Howard (Holt, MI)
Monday, January 01, 2018 6:14 PM
I have so many precious memories of my Dad and am so grateful for the last four years since moving back to Texas to be close to him and Mother. One of my best memories of him happened when he was working on the Statue of Liberty restoration in the early 80's. I had just moved to Houston and we conspired to surprise my mother with a visit. But first, since I flew into a New York airport, he took me to his favorite historic place for lunch, Fraunces Tavern, then on a tour of the Statue, including getting all the way up to the nose on the scaffolding. We took pictures of each other sitting on the huge toe and pointing up at the nose. He explained all the things they were doing to stay true to the original work and introduced me to some of the French artisans, some of whose families worked on the original statue. While he was staying in NYC, which he did during the week for a few years, he called me almost nightly. I missed those calls when the project was complete.
It would take a book to describe this unique man. We tried to get him to write one for years, but it was just his favorite thing to tell his wonderful stories.
Valerie Gelbaum (Plano, TX)
Sunday, December 31, 2017 9:14 PM
Our heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. What a truly beautiful and appropriate tribute to a remarkable man. My memories of your family and especially your impressive father go back to 1966 when I arrived in NewYork from England as a 14 year old on my way to the church summer camp in Minnesota - with my sister and our girlfriend Sidni. How kind your family were to three very wide-eyed waifs. Then many years later my husband and I were greatly honored to be personally escorted to the top of
Liberty while it was closed to the public during the restoration project he directed. Memories for us to treasure and hold close like all those you need to keep alive in your aching hearts and minds.
Gillian Orchard (Brentwood, CA)
Sunday, December 31, 2017 8:51 PM
All my LOVE goes to your family and it saddens me greatly but this is only a temporary life and he has much to look forward to...He will be greatly missed..wishing you all much comfort in the many wonderful memories that have been created...LOVE and miss you all.
Judith Allison-Ragona (Jacksonville, FL)
Sunday, December 31, 2017 3:57 PM
We wish Betty and the family well in this time of their sadness at George's passing. We have shared George and Betty's faith for many years and know indeed that he has "won the race". I was privileged to have shared two years as a fraternity brother with George at Penn State, during which time we developed our mutual interest in jazz and swing music. We hitched-hiked one weekend to my home near Pittsburgh so that we could attend an historic revival concert by the Benny Goodman band. Unfortunately Benny became ill and could not attend. We enjoyed the trip together, one of many great shared memories.
Gerald and Kathy Hoyer
Gerald Hoyer (Humboldt, AZ)
Sunday, December 31, 2017 2:51 PM
Words cannot express our feelings at this loss. The history we share with the Evans family is priceless.
Al & Joan Cole (Cream Ridge, NJ)
Saturday, December 30, 2017 7:03 PM
What a beautiful tribute to your Dad, really love the song.
Robert V Zamora (Houston, TX)