Friday, February 1, 2002
Charles M. Evans Former Carlisle's outstanding citizen
Charles M. Evans, 92, of Littleton, formerly of Carlisle, died Thursday, January 24 at Lifecare of Nashoba Valley in Littleton. He was the husband of the late Barbara B. Evans who died in 1999.
Mr. Evans was born in West Newbury, Massachusetts, on August 23, 1909. He was the son of the late Charles M. and Josephine (Lunberg) Evans. He was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1932, and Boston University School of Management.
During World War II he served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy.
In 1954, Mr. Evans established his own consulting business, Charles M. Evans and Associates, for city and town capital planning and authored a manual for municipal budget planning.
Mr. Evans and his family moved in 1952 from Concord to Concord Street in Carlisle, where he became active in town affairs. Carlisle's representative to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for nine years, he served on its executive committee for six years, was elected to three terms and was on the planning board for fifteen years. He was a representative to the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School contract and building committees, and served as trustee of the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund.
In 1990, Mr. Evans was honored as Carlisle's outstanding citizen during Old Home Day exercises on July 4 in recognition of "that citizen who has so unselfishly given of self to make our lives richer and our town a place to proudly call home."
Survivors include two sons, R. Bradford Evans and his wife Barbara of New York City, and Christopher Evans and his wife Megan of Westford; six grandchildren; one brother, John Robert Evans of Londonderry, New Hampshire and one sister, Elizabeth Sullivan of Wilmington. He was also the father of the late Sara Halstead Evans.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 26, in the Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord. Officiating was the Rev. Terry McCall of Trinity Church.
Interment was in the family burial plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Mr. Evans' six grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of the Joseph Dee & Son Funeral Services, Concord.
Concord's town flag was flown at half staff on Saturday in recognition of Mr. Evans' service to his country during World War II.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 217, Concord, MA 01742.
· Harry Schecter, a resident of Partridge Lane for over 30 years, celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, January 13, in the Parish Hall of the First Parish in Concord.
A string trio from the New England Conservatory provided music, and other entertainment featured songs of Bulgaria performed by Pat Iverson and Harry's daughter Martha Forsyth, who is a student of Balkan music. Amusing poems were also provided by friends JoAnne Deitch and Lillian Anderson. The affair was catered by Carlisle's creative chef Dian Cuccinello, who picked up on the theme suggested by the cartoon on the invitation of Harry in Shakespearean costume.
Harry is remembered by many in town for his years as the town "sound engineer," a job created when Town Meeting became so large that a sound system was necessary for citizens to be heard. Harry provided his own microphones and wires to run around the old school gymnasium.
His avocation has been sound design for theatre, particularly background music for Concord Players productions directed by his wife Dorothy. Most recent examples were A Midsummer Night's Dream and Our Town. Currently, the Players are mounting the decennial production of Little Women, directed by Dorothy with Harry's music design.
Harry retired from the Mitre Corp. in 1977, a time when retirement at age 65 was mandatory. The cartoon depicting his combined acoustical career and avocation was presented to him at that time. However, Harry had no intention of really retiring. He went to work directly for the Air Force only a few hours later and continued working on acoustical projects until 1994 at age 82.
He plans to celebrate his 100th birthday in the same fine style as this one.
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