John Thomas Evans, 75, passed away on January 15, 2017, with his family by his side in West Palm Beach, Fla.
John Evans, that “great, great guy,” was born on December 23, 1941, in Teaneck, N.J., to William and Agnes Evans. He attended Midland School in Rochelle Park and graduated from Hackensack High School in 1959. He attended college at Rutgers University and graduated in 1963 with a degree in Business Administration.
He met Nancy Phillips over 50 years ago and they were married in Haskell, N.J., in 1967. They raised two children together, living in Wayne, N.J.; Brecksville, Ohio; Downers Grove, Ill.; and North Andover, Mass.
John had a successful career in the toy industry, working for Parker Brothers in multiple sales and management positions, including national sales manager, in Cleveland, Chicago, Boston, and New York City. It is unlikely that anyone enjoyed selling board games more than he did over two decades with the company. He concluded his career working for Roadmaster Corporation and Frito-Lay, before retiring in North Andover.
His lived his life doing the things he loved right to the very end - being with his family, traveling, gardening, dominating at bridge and poker, going to the beach and golfing. He was a regular at Far Corner Golf Course for 36 years - and while the water surrounding the seventh hole was always a challenge, his hole-in-one at the seventeenth hole was his personal golf career highlight.
We are absolutely certain his perfect day would have ended with a walk with his wife of 49 years along the boardwalk in Ocean City, N.J., after spending hours at the beach, bodysurfing the waves, playing mini-golf with his grandchildren and spending time with his family under a cloudless day at the shore.
John is survived by his wife, Nancy; his son and his spouse, William and Erin Evans; his daughter and her spouse, Jennifer Evans and Frank Magaletta; and five grandchildren, Jack, Eileen and Luke Evans and Zoe and India Magaletta. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family, and he will live forever in the hearts and memories of all of those who loved him.
Published on  June 25, 2017