John McEvoy, Jr longtime ICL player passes away unexpectedly

John William McEvoy, Jr.
Assistant Middlesex District Attorney

Of Belmont, Passed away suddenly at home on August 25, 2021, at the age of 66. Devoted husband of M. Jane Walsh for nearly 41 years. Father of Matthew and Robyn McEvoy of Sudbury; Michael McEvoy and Dan Nadeau of Boston; and Elizabeth McEvoy and Michael Birch of Natick. Grandfather of Stella McEvoy, Eva Birch and Jack Birch. Brother of Kathleen McEvoy of Cambridge and the Honorable Christine McEvoy (RET) of Belmont; son of late John William McEvoy, Sr. and the late Eva Antonelli McEvoy of Belmont.

Born in Brighton, MA, in 1954, John was a graduate of Belmont High School, class of 1972, and Brown University, class of 1976. While at Brown, John played football and baseball and was captain of the Varsity Baseball Team. After college, he continued to play baseball in the amateur Intercity Baseball League for the next 18 years. In his later playing years in the ICL, he founded the Peter Fuller team, which played home games at Belmont High School. He would coach and play for the Peter Fuller team until the age of 39. His son Matthew followed in his father’s ICL footsteps as Matthew played 13 seasons in the Intercity League. Matthew played 10 seasons with Watertown and played three seasons with Lexington, winning the ICL championship each year.

John graduated from Suffolk Law School in 1979 and was appointed an assistant Middlesex District Attorney later that year. He served in that capacity in the office he loved to the present day, for 42 years. During those four decades, he was honored to serve as a supervisor for each of the three regions within the Middlesex DA’s office, as chief of homicide for more than 20 years and as First Assistant District Attorney for 3 consecutive administrations.

An accomplished trial attorney, John never forgot to credit the professionalism and tremendous work ethic of the State and Local Police as well as the Appellate Bureau upon whom he depended. One of his greatest satisfactions was witnessing the continued accomplishments of the many talented, dedicated assistant district attorneys whom he helped train. He was genuinely grateful to the countless families with whom he worked toward securing justice.

John’s most important priority was always his family. He was deeply committed to his wife, Jane, his partner for life. He was a loving, enthusiastic, and forever proud Father, and honored to be beloved “Papa” to his grandchildren. John also shared his passion for sports with his children and community, selected as coach of dozens of youth teams. There he was respected for his knowledge and more importantly for his kindness.

John is survived as well by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held in the Brown & Hickey Funeral Home 36 Trapelo Road Belmont on Thursday Sept. 2nd from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. A funeral mass will be celebrated in St Joseph Church 128 Common Street Belmont on Friday Sept. 3rd at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Interment Highland Meadow Cemetery, Belmont. Please wear face masks and social distance at all indoor services.