Longtime Venice resident and World War II veteran Thomas Evans has died. He was 94.

Evans passed away in his home Feb. 5 with friends and family nearby.

Born Oct. 27, 1917 in Stubenville, OH, Evans moved to Venice when he was a small child. He attended Machado Elementary School and Venice High School.

Evans served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was stationed in France and England. He continued service to his country as a reservist in the U.S. Navy.

Evans worked for 65 years as a plumber but his family said he never really retired, as he continued helping friends and neighbors into his 90s.

Among the activities he enjoyed were golf, bowling and “Tuesday at Tom’s.”

Evans was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Margaret Gebhart Evans; two sons, Thomas Michael and William Evan; his parents, Thomas and Agnes Evans; his brother Frederick and his twin sister Elizabeth.

He is survived by his son and daughter and their families: Greg and Pam Evans, Jennifer Cassidy, Wade Romero, Lynn Dee Whittle, Cassidy, Abbygail, Jerry, Bruce and Tommy Ostendorf, Scott, Andrew, Jake and Kayla Vandermark; as well as many friends.