Gary Ronald Evans, 76, truck driver with wit, spunk, and fire

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Gary Ronald Evans
Gary Ronald Evans

POQUOSON – Gary Ronald Evans, 76, entered this world to Millard & Hilda Evans on May 3, 1940 in Johnstown, PA, and after a long time struggle with heart disease, passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 2, 2016 at his daughter’s home in Gloucester, after having just defeated stage IV lung cancer earlier this year.

Gary lived in Poquoson from 1954 until 2014 when he moved to Gloucester. Through the years he held many positions, from scooping coal, delivering groceries on his bicycle up & down the streets of Pennsylvania, tonging oysters in the James River, rolling cylinders at Air Products & Chemicals where he thrived on the knowledge he received, to becoming a driver trainer for which he received many rewards. He retired from truck driving in 2008.

Gary was always happy to teach and mentor anyone who was willing to learn. Although he may have been a bit unorthodox in his methods, he was strong, firm and no-nonsense, which he did so with love and the best of intentions and was often found telling those he loved “how the cow ate the cabbage.”

Gary was a strongly devoted, loyal, loving father who always put the needs of family first and foremost. In addition to his many years on the road, he was a jack of all trades and faced every challenge head on. He worked tirelessly in his garage rebuilding motors, painting cars, doing side jobs, and fixing any and everything to make sure that his family was provided for. Gary didn’t have an easy life by any means . . . but somehow, some way he could always find the silver lining through the worst of storms. He had an incredible sense of humor, strong morals and values that could not be questioned. He firmly believed that “we should all treat each other with the same love and respect that we all desire”, and encouraged others to find the strength within themselves, and take the “bull by the horns.”

Gary was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Insley Evans; his parents; sister, Phyllis Evans; brothers, Eugene and Wendell Evans; and son-in-law, Robert Brooks Jr.

He is survived by his daughters, Christine Evans Brooks and Jessica Marie Evans; son, Gary David Evans; sister, Dorris Ruddon; grandchildren, Jaymes Cole Brooks, Jennifer Erin Brooks, and Jonathan Morgan Brooks; nieces, nephews, close family friends, and those he touched with his wit, spunk, and fire.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Oct. 8, 6-7:30 p.m., at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. A Celebration of Gary’s life will be held Sunday, 2 p.m., at the funeral home, led by Rev. Charles R. Stacy. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton, and a reception will follow the burial at Poquoson Chiropractic Clinic.

Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.