In Loving Memory
John W. Evale
April 30, 2023
John William Evale of Mexico, NY died peacefully surrounded by family on April 30, 2023 after a long, brave battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on May 18, 1941 and was the only child of the late Lyndon and Elizabeth (Branche) Evale of Mexico, NY.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy McAlaine Evale, and his three daughters, Amy Evale Brouhle (Joel) of Littleton, CO, Colleen Evale of Alexandria, VA, and Christina Evale Bova of Syracuse, NY. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Quinn and Ava Brouhle, Aidan Evale, and Daniel, Michael, and Sophia Bova. Additional survivors include his in-laws, Daniel Paul McAlaine (Sandy) and Robert McAlaine (Anne) and numerous nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his in-laws, William McAlaine and Janet Annear. John also will be missed by many friends, including his lifelong friends, Michael Mowry and Doug Irwin.
John graduated from LeMoyne College with a BS degree in Industrial and Labor Relations (1963) and later earned the equivalent of a Masters degree. After college, John served in the National Guard for six years achieving the rank of Second Lieutenant. John was employed as a Manager of Human Resources and was responsible for all union-related activities for three separate unions at General Electric, which became Martin Marietta and then Lockheed Martin, for 40 years, retiring in 2005. He was very well respected by his colleagues and union representatives.
John’s life can be best characterized by his many friendships and wonderful spirit and sense of humor. He served on the Mexico School Board and Mexico Town Council for many years. He was a member of the Lions Club, and North Jefferson Athletic Club, missing few meetings. John was a lifelong NY Yankees fan and cheered on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team as well.
John enjoyed traveling with his wife, especially to Switzerland, where he co-owned a home for 20 years. John also enjoyed sunny winters at his second home in Osprey, FL.
John appreciated the great care and kindness he received from the hard-working caregivers at St. Luke Health Services, especially Connie, Colleen, Michele, Tara, Gail, Connie, Chelsea, and many others.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 11:00 am from St. Anne Mother of Mary Catholic Church, 3352 Main St., Mexico, NY. Burial will be in Mexico Village Cemetery. Relatives and Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 4, 2023 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Harter Funeral Home, 9 Washington Ave., Mexico, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Beautification Committee, Mexico Historical Society, PO Box 331, Mexico, NY 13114 (please designate John Evale memorial) would be appreciated. The donations will be used to fund the planting of trees in the Village of Mexico (formerly the "Tree Day Committee").
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