George H. Evans, Jr.

  • Born: April 10, 1956
  • Died: December 16, 2019
  • Location: Hopkinton, New Hampshire

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Boscawen , NH 03303
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Tribute & Message From The Family

George H Evans Jr., age 63, left this world to join his loving parents and his beloved horses Monday December 16th.

Born April 10, 1956, to Eleanor and George Evans, Sr. he lived his entire life at the family farm in Hopkinton.

George was born with Downs Syndrome and the doctors recommended he be institutionalized. His family did not follow those recommendations and never regretted their decision to keep George with them at home. He was a joy to have and a big help around the house and in the barns where he loved being with the horses.

George began his schooling at age 4 at Miss Jacques Private School and completed his schooling at Morse Center in Manchester which he attended for five years.

George loved everyone and although he was unable to speak, he was very good at communicating. He was very aware of other people and would not hesitate to give you a hug if you were sad. His smile would light up any space he was in.

George loved to dance and bowl but his real love was horses. He would communicate his love to them and they returned his love with a gentleness that was intuitive and beautiful to see.

Special Olympics began in New Hampshire in 1969 and by the following year, George was competing in the Softball Throw. Shortly after New Hampshire Special Olympics added an Equestrian component, around 1988, George began competing in riding and driving with Quest and Sugar his special horses until they died and he began competing with Candyman, a gentle horse that could read George's movements and keep him safe. Candyman and George had a very special bond and love for each other that was apparent to all who saw them together. After he lost Candyman, he continued to compete with many different horses and Minis and he loved them all.

In 1995, he attended the Special Olympic World Games in Connecticut where he did a demonstration on Carriage Driving.
His final Special Olympic competition was in 2019 when, although he was in a wheelchair, he received a bronze medal for showing Prize, a Mini Horse who lived at the farm.

George leaves his loving sister and care giver Marcia Evans and many devoted friends who loved him deeply.
George will be interred at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway in Boscawen. Memorial service will be held in the Veterans Cemetery Chapel on Monday, December 23rd at 10:30am. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to may send donations in George's memory to the Merrimack Valley Equestrians, Special Olympics, 650 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101. Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, leave a message of condolence, or for more information, please go to


Condolence & Memory Journal

Marcia, so very sad to hear of George's passing. I have such fond memories of him at all of our 4-H horse events. He was a very special person, and so lucky to have you caring for him. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Nancy Evans    December 23, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of Georgie's passing. He was a special guy and so fortunate to have you in his life. I remember him being involved in all your 4H activities and events. My thoughts and prayers go out to you this season of peace. God bless you. Jim Grady, Rye, NH

Posted by Jim Grady - Rye, NH - Friend   December 21, 2019

Marsha, so many wonderful memories of you and Georgie. Love and prayers to you,

Posted by A friend   December 21, 2019

Aw Marsha I'm so sorry to hear about George. He was so special and I will remember him forever. Love to you, Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Nistico - Los Angeles, CA   December 20, 2019

Marsha, George was quite the guy. I remember him smile when some kids just didn't get the riding techniques that he found as easy as pie to do. He'd cover his mouth but you knew he was hiding that smile. Jessica and I will always have good memories of the times at your farm and Hopkinton Fair. He was such a sweet guy.

Posted by Betty (Turner) Fortin - Bedford, NH   December 19, 2019

I feel sorry for the loss of George for Marsha and his friends who loved him dearly. I am glad that George had such a wonderful life and had such a devoted sister who loved him so much. George and his family demonstrated the value that each person has. We would all be blessed to have people like George and his sister, Marsha, in our lives. To those who are saddened by George's passing I wish you peace and comfort, and the knowledge that no one who we love and remember is ever gone.

Posted by Catherine Meister - Contoocook, NH - Family Friend   December 19, 2019

I am so honored to have been in George's life. He was an inspiration. I was a role model to other Sp Olympians and 4-H club members. My heart goes out to you. Love, Alice

Posted by A friend   December 19, 2019


Although I never knew George or your family I do know that from first hand experience what is like to have such a special person as George in your life. I shared much of my 51 years with my sister who also had Downs Syndrome. Our parents were urged to pursue a direction of care that was counterintuitive and they decided to keep her in the home where she flourished and took part in Special Olympics, school and learning life skills.The unconditional love that one receives from such a special person such as George is one that cannot be duplicated. Such a person fills our special need' of realizing that there is good in the world and that greatness, love and compassion does not have to be outwardly spoken but rather be felt in your own heart where it can be called upon at any time. We are the blessed ones to be on the receiving end of such a warm and loving person.I wish you and your family peace during this difficult time.

Posted by D C - Manchester, NH   December 19, 2019

Marsha, my thoughts and prayers are with you. You were a wonderful sister/care giver. I will miss seeing you together.

Posted by Arolyn Sargent - concord, NH   December 18, 2019

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