Richard "Dick" McEvoy
North Brookfield - Richard "Dick" Paul McEvoy was killed by a suicide bomber on Friday August 22, 2015 at the age of 57. He was working as a Program Manager with defense contractor DynCorp International in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Richard was born on June 24, 1958 and grew up in North Brookfield, MA. He attended North Brookfield High School, where he was the "top male student" of his graduating class, and then received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. After his commission at West Point as an infantry officer, Richard served 28 years in the army during which he became an exemplary commander and leader. His army career included time in Special Forces, Ranger School, and Airborne School. Among his numerous military awards and achievements, Richard earned two bronze stars while deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the army as a colonel in 2008 and started working as a government contractor for DynCorp International. During his time with DynCorp, Richard managed programs in Iraq and Afghanistan mentoring and training the local military as well as police forces. He earned the Valor Award after his heroic actions during an attack on his camp in Afghanistan on July 2, 2013. When receiving the Valor Award, Richard was described as a "great leader" who "was so focused on others, that the team had to remind him to eat. The team had to remind him to sleep. But no one had to remind him to lead."

Richard married his wife Kathleen (Murphy) McEvoy on May 28, 1983. They had two children, Michelle and Patrick McEvoy. Richard was a dedicated, loving husband and father who enjoyed traveling with his family and trips back home to Massachusetts to visit extended family and friends. He was a life-long athlete who loved the outdoors.

Richard is also survived by his mother Janice Proctor, father Charles McEvoy Sr., and siblings Luann Varney, Charles McEvoy, Joseph McEvoy, and Craig McEvoy, as well as nephews Jacob McEvoy, Brandon McEvoy, Christopher Varney, Matthew Folkes, Adam Folkes, Brandon Murphy, and Colin Murphy.

The wake for Richard will be held on Friday, September 11, 2015 from 1-3pm and 6-8pm. in Pillsbury Funeral Home 44 Gilbert St. North Brookfield, MA.. The funeral service will be held on Saturday September 12th with a Mass at 1:00PM in St. Joseph's Church 296 N. Main St. N. Brookfield, MA. Richard's burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS. 66675, Please visit:

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I worked with Dick in Iraq when he first arrived as a program manager. I immediately recognized he was an exceptional person easily admired, and I did. I miss him.
May God bless Dick’s family with courage and strength.
George Kelly
March 19, 2021
If there is one word to describe Dick McEvoy it would be 'exceptional', without question. As a Dyncorp program manager deployed in Iraq, he did a great job of helping this civilian function and contribute meaningfully to the mission. Working for someone of his caliber was an honor and it was quite a shock to learn of his passing, even belatedly. My prayers to family as well.
Delmar Price
September 10, 2018
I realize that this is late, just found out about it, I worked with Dick at DynCorp in Afghanistan. I am sorry for your loss, he was a great leader and will be missed by those that knew him.
James Garland
October 25, 2016
It was absolutely shocking to discover the passing of Cpt McEvoy today. I first met him in 1984 whilst serving as a constable in the Royal St Lucia Police Force. A true professional. RIP Sir.
August 25, 2016
Kathy, please accept my belated condolences. I was the SGM that worked for husband when he was the BDEC2 Commander. I remember him to be extremely focused, professional, and always doing his very best --- he was a true professional that truly earned our admiration and respect. Looking at his picture I remember that no matter the circumstance, he always managed to smile and just solved the problem. I also remember him talking about his family and you can see in his eyes how much love he felt for you and the children. I am absolutely saddened COL McEvoy's passing and being a person of faith --- I know he is in heaven looking at us all sporting his great smile.... May God Bless you and your family always...
CSM(R) Angel Febles
April 21, 2016
When I arrived in Baghdad with a group of tired teachers, our convoy brought us in around 2 in the morning.. but Dick was there to meet us. He gave us a walking tour of the base, he said so that when we woke up in the morning, we'd know where we were. He oriented us... the palace is one end, the tower is the other.. During my time teaching in Iraq, he gave me confidence. I knew that he was a leader I could go to if I needed help or direction.
Leading a group of teachers must have been a strange situation for him. I was so sorry to hear of his death, but one thought that made me smile a little was thinking that he must have loved working with those police officers much more than a group of sometimes quirky English teachers in Baghdad.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Alison Jones
November 11, 2015
LuAnn and family,
I am so truly sorry for your loss. Col. McEvoy's many years of dedicated service and his commitment to his country is greatly appreciated. My deepest sympathy to you and your family-Nancy Ambach Hunt
October 26, 2015
When we landed at Taji, Dick came out to greet us, at one in the morning. He said "Welcome to Iraq. I don't know anything about English and I don't know anything about teaching. So you all will be leading the way. Let's go eat." Truly the best manager I've ever had.
Burt Johnson
October 19, 2015
Truly the best supervisor I ever had! May he rest in peace!
Judy Beale
October 10, 2015
Dear Kathy, I am so sorry to learn of loss of your husband from my ex-husband, Robert Murphy. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I knew you as a child, the first of proud grandparents. Your husband was a true American hero. May Col. McEvoy rest in eternal peace and God bless you and your family. We are grateful for his service to our country.
Mary Fallon
September 26, 2015
My deepest condolences to his family and friends and the whole North Brookfield community. Dick was a true hero. Such a tragic loss.
Lisa Perry
September 17, 2015
Dick and I worked together in Baghdad in 2008. No finer officer or gentleman. His loss is incalculable. My prayers and deepest sympathy to you all. I thank God for the privilege of knowing and serving with him.
Hap Barko
September 16, 2015
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Robert Murphy
September 15, 2015
Dearest Pete - Jody and I were saddened to hear of your great loss. Our thoughts are with all of you during this most difficult time. We too, are military 'veteran' parents, forever grateful for the service of such fine men and women. Your son Dick was clearly loved and respected by many.
"Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was".
We embrace the entire family with warm condolences.
Karen and Jody Brammer
September 15, 2015
OMG-I just read the caption of the picture of Col McEvoy and Beat Navy gathering. Made me laugh. A U.S.guided missile cruiser came to St Lucia in 1984. CPT McEvoy had us lined up on the dock chanting, "Go Army Beat Navy." He thought that was the best. With him, if he wanted, the eight of us would have taken on the crew, and won! "All The Way."
Mark S
September 13, 2015
I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your husband from my father. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. With love from your Cousins, Susan, Paul, and Alice Murphy and our families,
Sue Murphy Kelley
September 13, 2015
I was honored to know Dick in Baghdad. He made my time as an advisor professionally bearable with his support, respect, good humor, and dedication. I am diminished by his loss.
Bryan Morgan
September 13, 2015
Mark Shaughnessy
September 12, 2015
To the entire McEvoy Family,
I was so very shocked and saddened to learn of Richard's death while in Afghanistan. While it has been over forty years since we spent time together, I always considered Richard and the entire Janice McEvoy family close friends during your time living in Ware. For days after hearing of Richard's passing, I was constantly taken back to such great memories shared on Prospect and Church street. My thoughts and prayers and hopes for healing are with the your entire family.
Godspeed my old friend.
Paul Gravel
September 12, 2015
May the love and memories of Dick bring you peace and comfort. He was a great man and those of us that knew Dick, whether in high school or beyond are truly blessed. Very sorry for you loss
Laura Miglin-Morris
September 11, 2015
I am sorry for your loss Dick was a very nice kid growing up and he sounds like he became even more of a great guy my thoughts and prayers are with Luann and kathy and the rest of the family God bless and thanks for your service
Becky (Hanson) Dasho
September 11, 2015
Mr. McEvoy, great leader! You will be missed sir! Strength to your family. You were such nice person. I still can't believe it.
Reina Casey
September 9, 2015
Great Soldier and dedicated contractor. I admired his leadership as a Colonel in Iraq and as a Program Manager in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will be missed by all With deepest sympathy.

Mark Bangsboll USMA 78
September 8, 2015
To Everyone in the McEvoy and Murphy families,

I am devastated to hear of Dick's passing.

I have not seen him in years but remember him very well from when I was growing up on Gilbert Street in North Brookfield.

He was an exceptional human being and he leaves behind the proud legacy of being a great man who has always been loved by everyone.

'...And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.'

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan
September 8, 2015
thank you sir for your service .r.i.p. God bless you and your family. Joe Disilvestri
September 7, 2015
Thank you for your easy
September 7, 2015
Been a long time since the Special Forces "Q" course. A solid soldier then and since. Condolences to the family.

R. James Steiner, USMA '78
SFQC 82-5
"No mission too difficult"
September 7, 2015
Rest in peace sir.Thank you for your service.
Deb willard
September 6, 2015
Dick McEvoy was one of the finest leaders I have ever served with. He was selfless, humble and placed those he led before himself. Our nation is indebted to him for his service.
We consider Dick, Kathy, Michelle and Patrick our friends. Our hearts are heavy as we think of them and pray for strength during this time.
Tim and Peg McKane
September 6, 2015
Thank you for your service, Col. McEvoy. May you rest easy. God Bless your family.
Carolyn DiSilvestri
September 6, 2015
Thank you sir for your service and may you rest in peace. My sympathy to your family .
maria griffin
September 6, 2015
Me-Dick why are still at the office at midnight
Dick-I have to get things done that is important that is about taking care of everybody here.
Me-but you have to get some sleep and rest
Dick-I will rest when in heaven with peace but have to finish what I started
Me-Dick you are The Man of all time always caring about others, now stop and go call your wife because that is the only thing that will get you out of the office. Laughing with him.
Dick-thanks for the reminded
You were always asking how are you doing? is there anything I can help you with? You showed so many of us how to be a good leader to others because you are a Great leader of many. Your smile and soft spoken voice was always comforting when I felt afraid and worried. You made our stay in Iraq a little easy because you always saw our fear.You cared about your family, your soldiers in and out of uniform and the stories you told showed how much love you had for us. My heart hurts for God got another angel in heaven that is leading above. You did your job well, very professional, caring and show my how to write a great resume. I thank you for being my HERO.
September 6, 2015
I am so sorry for this incredible loss.
I have no words.
Dick was truly an officer and a gentleman.
Peace to you all..
Barbara Sullivan
September 5, 2015
Luann and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. You can all be proud of what he did for his country. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Linda Cunningham
September 4, 2015
to all the loved this man:
May you find comfort in each other and memories you have today and through the years.
Thank you all for this man.
With Sincere sympathy,
God bless,
A mother in Barre, MA
September 4, 2015
Though our grateful nation mourns with you in your loss, we can only feel a small part of the loss you are experiencing.

Your loved one will always be a part of our country's story. As such, their sacrifice on behalf of our nation will always be honored.

While the process of grieving requires a lot of time and, somehow, is never complete, we will be praying for you and grieving with you. - In deepest sympathy,
A Grateful American ~
September 4, 2015
Thank you sir, for your service
September 4, 2015
One never forgets a first friend and great young man to grow up heartfelt sympathies to your entire family with love.
Wendy St.George Piche
September 4, 2015
Thank you for serving our country. May your family find comfort in their faith and may you Rest in Peace.Add a message (optional)
Dr. Timothy Hoffman
September 4, 2015
May God comfort Kathy, Patrick, Michelle and all the McEvoy Family during this time of enormous loss. Dick is arguably the best man of our generation to come from North Brookfield. Everyone respected him, and most wanted to be like him. A phenomenal Soldier and leader ... I served with him during an intense Army warfighting experiment where he expertly guided a national-level effort to retool our Army. No finer leader, Soldier or man ... simply an awesome example for all of us to emulate.
Scott St Cyr
September 4, 2015

Thank You for your service. May you R.I.P., Your a child of God again.
September 4, 2015
Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace.
September 4, 2015
Thank you for your service to our country. God Bless you and your family.

a former military wife
Cathi J
September 4, 2015
To the family and friends of Col McEvoy,

I did not know "Dick" but wish to take this time to posthumously thank him for his service, and to extend my condolences to you all for your loss.
Linda Cullen
September 4, 2015
Thank you colonel richard Mcevoy for your devotion to peace and freedom for USA and for so many . we will not forget! we are military brats and our loving family members who served in our military with you, we cry here and proud of you and your families sacrafic. you love your country! we love you, a stranger who died for us who loved us all. we pray you get judged for doing your best. I NEED PRAYER FOR THE OTHER MEN THEY TOOK BACK OVER THERE. WE ARE AT WAR! DONT FORGET THE MEN AND WOMAN ,MAY THEY STOP ALL WAR SOME DAY SOON. BRING THEM HOME GOD. THOUGH WE REALLY NEVER DIE,SO KEEP HIM FOREVER WITH HIS FAMILY AND SOULMATES TIME AND TIME AGAIN. USA!
September 4, 2015
My condolences to COL McEvoy's family.

COL McEvoy was my Brigade Commander (3-78th) when I was a Battalion Commander (3/313th). I was consistently impressed with him and have several vignettes of interactions with him. I share those vignettes as need arise to communicate good leadership skills. His attention to individuals was one of them - he had a knack for listening attentively, something I try to do in part because he was so good at it. Patriots!
Joseph Stewart
September 3, 2015
To the MCEVOY family...I never meet dick but from what I understand it would have been an honor... be proud and I am sorry for you loss.
Joe m
September 3, 2015
I am at a loss for words, he was a role model class member. I only hope that he
is at peace now. My deepest sympathy to all of his family. May you not forget him and keep the good memories.
Bev Willard (Ostiguy)
September 3, 2015
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