ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - John James McEvoy, 90, a member of the "Greatest Generation" left us on March 12, 2014 to enter his eternal rest.
John was born on August 6, 1923, in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, New York. He was the ninth of eleven children born to Edward Joseph and Mary (Callahan) McEvoy; all of whom have predeceased him. He graduated high school in 1941 and shortly after joined the Army
. John served with distinction in the 1944 WWII
campaign to liberate the Phillippine Islands. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to his home in Brooklyn.
On a blind date in 1949, he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Larkin. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married on April 15, 1950. They moved to Poughkeepsie, New York to begin their new life together.
The McEvoy clan grew to include seven children, six girls and a boy. The enormous family needed a larger home and found one in the eastern Dutchess County, New York, Town of Pawling in 1965.
John loved spending time with his family, often playing touch football or softball with all the kids. A favorite family activity was the semi-annual trip to New York City to see extended family and take in the city's cultural events. The family motto was "There's always room for one more" and frequently hosted children who needed a safe place to stay.
John worked for New York Trap Rock, later becoming part of Lone Star Industries for more than 30 years, rising rapidly through the sales department and finally reaching the level of general manager. During this time, John was active in local politics and community functions; taking time to run unsuccessfully for local offices.
One of John's great passions was the game of golf, which he would play as often as possible. So, when it was time to retire, John and Betty chose Florida. They made the Gainesville community of Turkey Creek Forrest their home for more than 25 years.
The premature death of their second daughter, Geraldine (Kevin) Kane, to breast cancer
, was a sorrow that both John and Betty carried with them to their death beds. John grieved the loss of Betty since 2007, after 57 years of marriage.
Left to cherish the memories of this wonderful father and grandfather are his daughters Maureen (Paul) Kelly, Palm Coast, FL; Lorraine (Oliver) Schrieber, Wilmington, NC; Theresa (Richard) Stark, Poughkeepsie, NY; Jennifer (Michael) Riley, Wappinger Falls, NY and Christine McEvoy, Palm Coast, FL; and their son, Michael (Lisa) McEvoy; grandchildren: Justin Kane, Boston, MA, Ryan Kane, Houston, TX; Adam (Corinne) Atri, Cary, NC; Abel Atri, Palm Coast, FL; Devin (Natalie) Riley, NY, NY; Morgan (James) Gilardo, Beacon, NY; Luke Riley, Wappinger Falls, NY; Alison, Andrea and Conor McEvoy, Port Orange, FL also, two great grandchildren: Siddhartha James Atri, Cary, NC and Riley Gilardo, Beacon, NY. There are too many nieces and nephews to mention.
The surviving family would like to take this time to thank the staff of Clyde E. Lassen VA Nursing Home of St. Augustine, FL. Your dedicated care and professionalism is greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank Vitas Hospice of St. Augustine, FL., who assisted in making John's last days peaceful, comfortable and dignified.
There will be no burial and plans for a memorial are incomplete.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of the arrangements.