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Obituary: John Benjamin Evans

John Benjamin Evans (Ben), son of Flora (nee Walther) and William H. Evans, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at Greenwich Hospital of complications from pneumonia at age 87. Born July 19, 1924 in New York City, he resided in Plandome, New York and attended the Manhasset Public Schools. He was an Ensign in the Navy and achieved Veteran’s status as a Second Mate in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He served on tours of France, India, East Africa and South America. He attended Johns Hopkins University after the war, and went to work in textiles for Leslie and Co., Mill Agents, and Burlington Industries in New York City. Ben resided in Riverside and Greenwich, CT from 1961-2004 and later in Stamford, CT. He attended Saint Paul’s Church in Riverside and served as a Sunday School teacher.

Ben was active with the Boy Scouts of America for over 60 years. He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in 1943 while active with Troop 71, Plandome. He was a member of the Old Timers Association and returned every September for the reunion. He was the first Scoutmaster of Troop 34 at St. Paul’s, Riverside, CT, through which hundreds of boys passed during his time. He then went on to serve in roles for Greenwich scouting including assistant district commissioner, advancement chair, Order of the Arrow advisor, and was a member of the council executive board and various council committees.  He served as Scoutmaster for the Council’s National Jamboree contingents to Idaho (1969) and Pennsylvania (1973). He also led the 1971 World Jamboree in Japan and served as a Jamboree advisor afterward. He was awarded the Silver Beaver and the Founders Award.

Ben was a lifelong sailor, golfer and was a very devoted family man. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Eleanor (nee Barlow) Evans, and is survived by son, John B. Evans, Jr. (and Rebecca), of Newtown, Pennsylvania, granddaughter Faith E. Evans; son Grant C. Evans (and Francie), of Darien, Connecticut, grandson Ethan B. Evans; niece Marjorie W. Hutto and family of Old Saybrook, Connecticut; and Elizabeth G. Colemangray and family of Durham, North Carolina. Services were held on Aug. 13 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 200 Riverside Avenue, Riverside, CT 06878 (203) 637-2447. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to benefit: Greenwich Council, Boy Scouts of America, 63 Mason Street, Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 869-8424.