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John Brooke Evans of Dummerston, Vermont, died suddenly on Monday, October 17, on his return flight from Tucson, where he had completed a spiritual retreat.He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his son David Evans of Brattleboro; his sister Ann Evans (Terence Stoeckert) of Hoboken, N. J.; and his brother Norris Evans (Constance), also of Dummerston. He is also survived by a niece, Hannah Coates, and nephews Owen, Galen, and Laran Evans. John was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, the son of the late Norris H. Evans and Beatrice Clark Evans. He graduated from New York University in 1960. His journalism career included stints at The Ridgewood News, The Washington Post, and The Newark News. He went on to a successful career in corporate public relations at Johnson and Johnson. In 1984, he started Evans Communications, which he and Barbara ran until their retirement in 2000. John was intellectually curious and valued that quality in others. He spent much of his adult life studying many spiritual traditions. Beginning with childhood vacations in the Adirondacks, he was an avid fly fisherman and fly tyer for many years. Nearly all his summers included time in the Adirondack Mountains, where his family had bought a camp in the late 1800s. He loved spending time with his brother and son fishing in the family guide boat in the quiet bays ofBlue Mountain Lake. He and his family also spent many canoeing and camping vacations along the rivers and lakes of northern Maine. Sixteen years ago, he and Barbara spent months looking for the place that would be their true home. They found it, at first sight, on a hilltop in Dummerston. There, he tended his pond and pasture, barn and house, fought to control invasive species, and served for many years on the council of Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife, whose newsletter he edited. He was a meticulous worker, whether building bookshelves, doing home repairs or creating a healing mixture of essential oils. He undertook many ambitious projects, most recently a wall to support a terrace, often with the assistance of wonderful neighbors who helped him out of tough spots. Whatever the project, he scoffed if someone called him an expert there was always so much more to learn. After his death a neighbor remarked, "He never settled for 'good enough.'" His compassion showed early. His sister remembers him as "my buffer against some of the more unpleasant parts of life. He was always there with a hand on my shoulder." Family observances will be private, but family members are deeply appreciative of the sympathy and support from so many neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Memorial donations in his name may be made to Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife, 72 Main Street, Vergennes, Vermont 05491.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 26, 2016
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