Griffith (Roger) Evans, 86, of Granville went into the arms of the Lord on Feb. 10, 2010, with his loving family by his side.
Roger was born in Granville, on Aug. 15, 1923, the eldest son of the late John and Alice Evans.
He attended Granville High School, graduating in 1941. In 1943, Roger enlisted in the U.S. Army where he bravely and proudly served his country with the 457th Replacement Company in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. While he didn’t often speak of the time spent in war, he never forgot those with which he served. He lived his days a true veteran – proud of his service and country.
After the war, he returned to Bennington, Vt., where he was employed by Cushman Colonial Creations for several years. He later worked for the Prudential Insurance Co. and the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired as postmaster of Granville in 1993.
Roger was always active in his Granville community, serving as town supervisor from 1955-56 and then mayor in 1965. He was a long-standing member of the Granville Fire Department, serving in various capacities including fire chief, with the Granville Hook & Ladder, Henry Hose Company as well as Norton Hose.
He also proudly served as quartermaster, first vice commander and commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Falvey Fringi Post No. 1653. He was a past president of the Lions Club of Granville and a past member of the Rotary Club and the Masons. He was also a member of the American Legion.
Roger treasured the time he spent with his family and friends. He spent countless hours singing to the little ones. Roger also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Though unable to fulfill these interests as his health declined, he remained hopeful that he would again, someday, take another trek into “the woods.”
Roger was a caring husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend who will be missed tremendously every day. We will miss his singing as well as his Welsh lessons. You will always be with us, always.
Survivors include his loving, devoted wife of nearly 32 years, Shirley (Herrick) Evans; daughter Linda Roche and her husband, Brian, of Granville; son Dale Evans and his wife. Margy, of Natick, Mass.; his stepchildren, Darlene O’Dell and her husband, Steve, of Granville, Vicky Vickers and her husband, Dave. of Rome; Matthew Evans and his wife, Regina, of Queensbury, Scott Evans and his special friend, Tammy, of Granville; his brothers, Donald, Walter (Mary), Jake (Helen) and Robert (Marlene); brothers/sisters-in-laws, Charlotte and Bill Jordan, Platt and Mabel Herrick, Bruce and Sherry Herrick and Blanche Herrick-Ross; cherished grandchildren/step grandchildren, Aaron (Missi) Tooley, Jason (Lucy) Tooley and Kristi Tooley, Zachary Vickers, Colby Vickers, Ryan O’Dell and his fiancé, Nilda, Shannon (Mickey) Knorr, Matthew Evans II and Sierrah Evans, Joshua and Kelly Anne Evans; great-grandchildren, Alex and Brianna Gilmore, Dylan and Jenna Tooley and Kiara Elysia Knorr; a special little neighbor, Bentley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His beloved dog Luka and his kitty Lily also survive Roger. His furry friends gave him much joy and laughter in his last years.
His parents, sister Darlene, his mother and father-in-law, Guy and Lottie Herrick, and his brother-in-law, Bill Herrick, predeceased him.
Roger’s family would like to extend their deepest thanks and appreciation to Father Tom Zelker for his numerous caring visits and words of comfort to both Roger and his family. Also special thanks to their neighbors Tammy and Kent McKeighan and family, Buzz and Dee McKeighan and Peggy Bernard for their ongoing help and support. It has been appreciated more than you’ll ever know. Thank you to the caring staff of the Renal Dialysis Ce
nter of Glens Falls for the kindnesses shown to Roger and his wife and also to the staff of the Washington County Hospice program, who provided care and comfort to Roger and his family in his final days. Your professionalism, care and genuine concern made his journey Home a peaceful one. A special thank-you to Leisha Herrick-Hubbell and Joan, his Hospice aide, for everything they did to make him comfortable. Lastly, thank you to Roger and Shirley’s friends in the community who visited him during his last days. He knew you were there and was truly appreciative.
Calling hours were held Friday, Feb. 12, at the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church St. in Granville. A funeral service and celebration of Roger’s life was held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 23 Bulkley Ave., Granville, with Father Tom Zelker officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roger’s memory to the Washington County Hospice and Palliative Care program, 415 Lower Main St., Hudson Falls, N.Y. 12839.
Nos da, Poppa, good night.