The Mansion lost a very dear long-time friend and supporter in John J. Evans III (Jack), who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 16.
Originally from Lancaster, Pa., Jack attended the Lawrenceville School, where he met his future wife of 67 years, Noreen Blakely. Jack later graduated from Wesleyan University and the Graduate School of Banking in Wisconsin before studying at N.Y.U. and Harvard Business School. He also served during the Korean War and received a direct commission upon deactivation to continue as an officer of the New York Air National Guard. Jack spent his entire professional career with the Hanover Bank, later known as Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., now a part of J.P. Morgan, and retired as a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors there.
Throughout his illustrious life, Jack went above and beyond to serve his communities. While he lived in New York, Jack served as a trustee for the Depository Trust Co., the National Genetics Foundation, Huntington Hospital, Sons of the Revolution, and as trustee/treasurer for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities. He also served the Long Island Episcopal Church, aiding in financial responsibilities at the diocesan and parish levels, and was Director of the Computer Museum in Boston.
The Evans’s moved from New York to Yarmouth in 1990, where Jack was involved in many non-profit organizations during his retirement. Jack served as Trustee/Interim Director at the Portland Museum of Art and as Trustee/Interim Director here at Victoria Mansion in 1999. He was also a trustee for the Southern Maine Agency on Aging and was a founder, later serving as President and C.E.O. of Maine Care Life Community Inc. from 1994 to 2001, and as Chairman from 2001 to 2006. He was also a Corporator and a member of the Legacy Society of Maine Medical.
Jack is survived by his wife Noreen, their three children, Anne, John and Elizabeth, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren and has requested that gifts in his memory may be sent to Victoria Mansion or the Southern Maine Agency on Aging.