F. Edward Evans, 92: Veteran, metalsmith gave of himself to others

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BAILEY ISLAND — F. Edward Evans, 92, of Bailey Island, died Sept. 14 at his residence following a brief illness.

He was born April 16, 1922, in Wiscasset, the son of Sidney Gurney and Laura Belle (Holmes) Evans. He attended school in Wiscasset and graduated from Lincoln Academy.

In 1947, he married Doris Caton and together they moved to Bailey Island, where they lived for over 60 years and raised their family.

During World War II, Evans left the apprentice program at Bath Iron Works to join the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific Theater as a diesel mechanic aboard a landing craft. After the war, he returned to BIW and became a master machinist, retiring after 44 years.

Evans was a talented welder and a licensed master electrician, and kept an extensive metal shop in his home. He was able to fix or construct almost anything that needed to be fabricated from metal. Whether it was a mooring or a cleat, the local fishermen knew who could complete a job “the right way.” He will be remembered as a man who was generous with his time and was always there to help when needed.

A lifelong learner, Evans was a lover of books. He also loved animals of all types, and shared his home with several.

Evans was predeceased his wife, Doris, in 2001, and a son, Danny, who died in 2012.

Survivors include a son, Barry, and daughter Laura and her husband, Christopher, all of Bailey Island.

Services were scheduled to be private. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Evans’ memory to the Orr’s & Bailey Islands Fire Department, P.O. Box 177, Orr’s Island, ME 04066.