William McEvoy of Norwalk died March 16. He was 52.
William McEvoy: dedicated to spiritual leadership. Contributed photo
The husband of Carrie (Swadener) McEvoy, he was born in New York City to Aloysius William McEvoy of Hanover, Pennsylvania and Linda Callahan of Bethel.
He grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens and lived most of his adult life in Brooklyn. For over 25 years, he worked for Guilford Press in New York City.
Always the ham, it is no surprise that through the years he was involved in the theater and was co-founder of The Improvoholics, an improv group that performed throughout New York.
Though later in life, he was lucky enough to meet the love of his life, Carrie Swadener, and the couple married on May 15, 2010. They made their home in Norwalk and became congregants of the First Unitarian Church in Westport.
It was there that William found his long-sought spiritual home and after giving a few well-received sermons, he made the life-altering decision to dedicate himself to spiritual leadership.
At the time of his death, his was actively engaged in the Master of Divinity program at the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, in which he enrolled in the fall of 2016.
A loving husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, all that knew him were graced with a life of laughter, often victims of his quick wit, lured into passionate debates, amazed at his wealth of knowledge and touched by his generous heart.
He lived according to his own terms, unapologetic for his views and beliefs, yet always listened with an open mind. He would want his life to be celebrated with laughter and joy rather than sorrow and tears by those who knew him.
He would also tell them so with a tip of his hat, a stroke of his whiskers and that familiar impish gleam in his eye.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by his brother, Brian McEvoy and his wife, Nicole of Wallingford and their children, Ryan, Megan, Kiersten and Brendan; and his sister, Kerri McEvoy Monsen and her husband, Rob of Bethel and their children, Ian and Caileine.
A memorial service to celebrate William’s life will be held on Friday, April 6 at 4 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church in Westport with The Rev. John Morehouse officiating.