OBITUARY

Evan John Butchers

January 7, 1941March 8, 2019
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Obituary of Evan John Butchers January 7, 1941 - March 8, 2019

Evan lived a great life filled with love, laughter and fun times, but, there were struggles also that he bravely faced with a smile and humour. He had been a Funeral Director for 50 years. This was not the sum total of our Evan. He was: Life long Argos fan, Grey Cup or bust every year Greyhound bus driver Santa Claus to many Balmy Beach Club member Malvern Collegiate Red & Black Society, active and involved member Car enthusiast- Professional Car Society member Honorary “Dad” and “Uncle” He was a trusted friend who touched so many hearts in his special way. Evan leaves his sister Joan of Midland, and was predeceased by his parents Elsie and Dr. Burns Plewes. Visitation on Friday March 15, 2019 at Giffen-Mack Funeral Home, 2570 Danforth Ave. ( at Main St.), Toronto. Service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 72 Main St., (between Gerrard St. & Kingston Road), Toronto at 11 am on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Reception at church following service. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, or Calvary Baptist Church, if desired.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Charles Sweetman
  • Joe Isgro
  • Nicole Wallischek
  • Dr. Rob Statton
  • Dr. F.W. Rick Warren
  • Stuart Statton

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 15, 2019

  • Church Service

    Saturday, March 16, 2019

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Sonja Rhem

March 16, 2019

Dear Joan
I just found out that our dear Evan has passed.My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so happy that I got to see him when he was here for the Grey Cup.My Gerry and I had wonderful memories when he would come to Edmonton.Love to you
Sonja

Jane Elsam Milligan

March 16, 2019

Evan took me to two Malvern proms as a teenager. We belonged to BYPU at Calvary with Rev Dr Sneyd who also introduced us to Camp Manitomono with the other Calvary kids.
Evan was Santa Claus to my three children and their cousin James Dooley. A box of home-baked Christmas goodies was all the thanks he needed. When Evan bumped into my kids Kyle, Kate and Mike at Camp Manitomono, they never guessed that Evan was their Santa Claus. They know now.
A life well lived with challenges met with grace - thanks be to God for the gift of Evan.

Bryon Downs

March 16, 2019

Dear Joan, I was so sorry to hear of Evan's Passing. Unfortunately we are not able to attend Evan's visitation or Funeral but we want you to know Joan, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Evan would cover our Funeral Home when Bonnie and I were on holidays and always did a very professional service. We have great memories of Evan. He always thought
a lot about you and spoke of you often, I'm sure you will really miss him Joan as we will too.

Our deepest sympathy
Bryon & Bonnie Downs
Downs & Son Funeral Home---Hepworth

Michael and Sharon Hiebert

March 16, 2019

Joan and family. We were saddened to hear of Evan passing away. Not only did he help me as an apprentice but, as so many others have said, became a friend. He was an inspiration to myself in many ways. You are in our thoughts and our prayers.

Kerri Douglas

March 16, 2019

Dear Joan and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Evan's passing. I have known Evan for over 30 years, we bonded over our love for animals. I remember Evan as always being very proud of his family, his love of bringing joy to children when he played Santa Claus, his love of being a funeral director, and the profession as a whole. Of course we can't forget about his love for football or for the old cars. He was true gentleman and he was loved and respected by many.
Evan may be gone in body but he will remain with us in spirit and will never be forgotten.
Rest in peace dear Evan, you are now with all your dear friends at Rainbow Bridge.

Gail Norris

March 16, 2019

Evan was a fine gentleman and I met him years ago, when he used to cover at the Downs & Son Funeral Home in Hepworth. He loved to sing and I recall the funeral, when the family asked Evan to sing at their mother's funeral held in the funeral home. So unaccompanied, Evan sang the requested hymn for the family. This may have been the first time a funeral director sang for the family.
He lived life to the fullest and all that knew Evan admired his outlook on life, his professionalism and his courage when fighting cancer.
Joan, my sincere condolences to you. I know he loved you very much and I hope the wonderful memories you have of your brother give you comfort in the days ahead. Gail (Downs) McKeown

Dorothy Scrimgeour-Hickey

March 15, 2019

Dear Joan and family. I am so sorry to hear of Evan's sudden passing. My sister Nan and I have happy memories of great days spent with him at Kimberley School and with the Main and Gerrard crew and also fond memories of our high school years at Malvern C.I.He was a true friend and gentleman and we will all miss him so very much.The beautiful video tribute captures his essence perfectly. It was a privilege to have known him.He has left his handprint on many hearts.Sincerely Dorothy

Richard Gage

March 15, 2019

Evan was a fellow student at Malvern and an important contributor to both the Football and Hockey teams. At that time, he lived on Wayland Avenue, and was a member of a group of friends that he maintained contact with for his entire life. We followed different professional careers, and went our separate ways, but Evan routinely found ways to stay in touch. I last met Evan in Ottawa a few days before the 2017 Grey Cup game and fondly reminisced about the Beaches, Malvern and our mutual friends. He touched many lives and contributed to my life for nearly 60 years.
God speed my friend. Per Ardua Ad Astra!
Rich Gage
Malvern 1957-64

Ian McConvey

March 15, 2019

Root, thanks for being my friend. You made live better for everyone around you.
We had many great memories and a whole bunch of laughs throughout Malvern and beyond.
Say hi to Eddie for me up there when you see him.

Your Pal
Scotch

karen freeland

March 15, 2019

To Evan my extra brother. I was honoured to hear you call me sis. I loved the times Mom would call and tell your reception at work that she had made your fave shepherds pie and you would show up at just the right time. You dear friend were a part of our family as I imagine you were with many many families. So many memories. camp and Christmas and grey cups on the west coast. A kinder gentler man you could not find. I shall miss you very much

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