David B. Evans
March 30, 1920 - February 5, 2019
David Black Evans,98, of Wilton, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Feb. 5th. Born in Norwalk on March 30, 1920, to William and Marjory Riley, he was raised by his adoptive parents, Greek and Henriette Wakefield Evans, in Norwalk and Wilton. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Eleanor Zeman Evans, in 1994. He was educated in various local schools, beginning at Wilton’s Belden Hill School House and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1938, after which he attended Virginia Military Institute. He served in WWII in North Africa and Italy, in the 9th Infantry Division, Reconnaissance, as an advance scout for the infantry, a volunteer.
He worked for the Sprague Meter Company, a division of Textron, In Bridgeport, for 43 years, as plant superintendent.
Mr. Evans was elected to the Wilton Planning and Zoning Commission in the 1960’s. He served as treasurer of the Wilton Fathers’ Club, and for many years as a canvasser for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. He was a Wilton Library patron since1951, and a dedicated Friend. He served as a counselor, teaching business skills to inner-city youths in Bridgeport during the 1960’s and 70’s. He was an avid reader, golfer, and life-long member of Red Sox Nation.
Mr. Evans is survived by his daughters, Jan Evans of Wilton, and Nancy Evans Smith of Charlton, MA and her husband, Bradley Smith, his grandson Forest Smith of Charlton, MA, and many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was pre-deceased by his son, David R. Evans and his granddaughter, Lila Star Smith.
Visiting hours and Celebration of David’s life will be on Saturday, Feb. 16th, from 11:00 A.M. with service beginning at 12:30 PM, at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.