George Brian Evarts, 79, of Waltham


GEORGE BRIAN EVARTS

WALTHAM — George Brian Evarts passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at his home in Waltham.

He was born November 16, 1941, in Burlington, the son of Raymond and Bridget (O’Brien) Evarts. With his parents and siblings George grew up on the family farm in Waltham, where he also started his education in a one-room schoolhouse just down the road before transferring to Beeman Academy in New Haven. He graduated in 1960, and then attended Champlain College in Burlington.

It was while at college when George and his friends met with a group of friends of a young woman named Louise. They would soon join each other in marriage, being inseparable for 56 years. Together they built their home and started a family next to the family farm where George grew up, always within shouting distance of his brother, Terry.

George’s employment included working as a teen at École Champlain summer camp in Ferrisburgh. He later began his career of 47 years for the aerospace company in Vergennes known by many names through acquisitions: Simmonds/Hercules/BF Goodrich/Goodrich. His position in the calibration lab was one that touched all segments of manufacturing, increasing greatly his number of life-long friends. In his spare time he applied his carpentry skills, constructing numerous garages that can be seen throughout northern Addison County.

George’s service to the community included time as the Waltham Cemetery Commissioner, where he practiced the same landscaping meticulousness for which his own lawn was known. He also served as a Justice of the Peace and officiated in joining many couples in marriage.

He followed his favorite teams — the New York Giants, Dodgers, Red Wings and Celtics — with whom he shared the same emotions through every championship or error. His passion for sports was displayed as a varsity high school athlete in baseball, and continued with his activity in Vergennes Little League for nearly a decade as a coach, fundraiser, and partnered builder of the Little League field in Vergennes. At home, George would be seen in the yard with his young sons playing catch and usually greeted young visitors with the question, “do you want to play some ball?”

George’s excitement in life came from sports cars, especially love for Corvettes, which he shared with his mother and sister Jean, either by owning them or by just tracking them down on the web while on the phone. George would often be seen driving one of his convertibles with his inseparable passenger and partner, Louise.

Everyone who met George, whether it was part of an intimate family gathering or negotiating the price of an item, cannot forget how the conversation could take so many unexpected turns, with a few interjections of quiz show-like factoids, just to show how humorous any situation could be, and at the same time always focus upon his dedication to his family and to the love of his life, Louise.

George is survived by his wife Louise (Bilodeau); his sons Morgan (Donna) and Israel (Jen); his brother Terry and his sister Jean (Carroll) O’Connor; his grandsons Mason, Dustin, and Devon; his great-grandchildren Maple and Larry; his brothers-in-law Marcel Bilodeau and Paul Bilodeau; and numerous nieces and nephews.

George is predeceased by his parents; his sisters Joann and Mary Louise “Weezie” Austin; his sister-in-law Lucille (Danyow); and his brothers-in-law Laval Bilodeau, Gaston Bilodeau, Germain Bilodeau, Firmain Bioldeau, and Henry Bilodeau.

A celebration of life will be held on a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Addison County Home Health & Hospice at achhh.org/donations.html◊

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