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Jack Sheridan Evans

November 28, 1924 ~ July 4, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old

Obituary

On July 4, 2023, Jack Sheridan Evans passed away peacefully at Reading Hospital. He was 98
years old.
Jack was born in Reading, PA on November 28, 1924 to the late David and Claire (Petree)
Evans. He loved sports from a young age, so much so that he and his brothers would ride the
train to Dodgers Stadium in New York so he could serve as a batboy (unbeknownst to his
parents). He was also the bat boy for the Reading Brooks, the Brooklyn farm team, in Lauers
Park in 1939, 1940, and 1941. He attended Reading High School from 1941-1943 where he
was the basketball team manager, football team manager, and a diver on the swim team.
In April 1943, Jack was sitting in his senior year English class when he found out he was being
drafted. After attending bootcamp in Bainbridge, Maryland, he served in the US Navy in the
South Pacific from 1943 to 1947. In 1947 he was honorably discharged.
In 1947, Jack began his employment with the Reading Eagle/Times and retired after 40 years of
service in 1987. He started his career as an office boy with the Reading Eagle. Jack once said,
“I had picked up a camera while I was the office boy and did some sport shots. That’s how I got
my start. I became a cameraman mostly because I loved sports and the challenge excited me.”
As the chief photographer for the Reading Times, he covered sporting events, ribbon cuttings,
murders, tragedies, and freaks of nature via his camera. He was once quoted in the paper as
saying, “...without the Reading Times I wouldn’t have met three quarters of the people I know. I
wouldn’t have covered Lenny Moore at Baltimore Memorial Stadium, Stu Jackson at Reading
High, Presidents Carter and Eisenhower…” In 1951, Jack was awarded the Pennsylvania
Associated Press Members’ Newsphoto Contest award for a picture taken in Rochne Hall,
Allentown, PA, where Kutztown was playing Avalon. The photo was titled “Over Two For Two''
and is still located in the Kutztown Historical Society. If asked, Jack would say one of the most
exciting things he got to cover was the Blue Angels. He had the opportunity to fly with the
Angels and was still talking about it in his eighties. In 1987, when he retired, Senator Michael A.
O’Pake wrote, “The occasion of your retirement evokes mixed emotions. Certainly you are
deserving of years of relaxation and pleasure but all the subscribers to the Reading Eagle/Times
will miss you and your commitment to excellence.” The senator goes on to say that Jack had “a
distinguished lifetime of service to the news photography profession…”
Jack’s love of sports continued throughout his entire life. While serving as president of the
Press Club, he started the Jack Flowers Memorial Award to be presented to the outstanding
Berks boy high school senior basketball player. The first award was given in 1961 to Ron Krick.
He also started the Catherine E. Rhoads Award which was presented to the outstanding Berks
girl high school senior basketball player. Jack was one of the founders of the Touchdown Club
of Berks County and as president of the club, he started the Back and Lineman of the Week
Award and organized the Touchdown Club All-Star Game. Jack was recognized with a plaque
for his dedicated service to Berks County Basketball from 1961-1988. In 1991 he was given the
honor of being named Sportsman of the Year by The Berks County Sports Hall of Fame for his
four decades of service and leadership in the sports community of Reading and Berks County
and for his tireless efforts as a photographer chronicling thousands of athletes and their
achievements.
After retiring to Florida, Jack began playing senior softball. He played left field in two Senior
Softball World Series. His first championship took place in 1998 in Las Vegas where he batted
.457. His second championship took place in Los Angeles in 1999 where he batted .422.
In 2007, Jack was presented with the BCBOA Community Service Award for outstanding
service promoting basketball in Berks County. He was elected as an Honorary Life Member of
the Reading and Berks Basketball Old-Timers in 2014. In 2016, he was proudly honored as an
Outstanding RHS Alumnus and received the 2016 B.C.I.A.A. Night of Champions Award.
He continued to live an active life into his 90’s. He was known to bowl twice a week in senior
leagues. He also served as a resident commissioner on the Berks County Housing Authority,
and was a frequent spectator at high school sporting events throughout Berks County.
When asked how he remained so youthful Jack once replied, “My family kept me young. My kids
are highlights. They’re fantastic, and so is my wife.” Jack is preceded in death by his mother
and father, his wife Arlene (Barth) Evans, his brothers Brooke, Foster, and David Evans, and his
sister Mildred (Evans) Wagner. He is survived by his five children: Sherlene Evans, Scott
Evans, Kathy (Evans) Frees, Dirk Evans, and Roxann (Evans) Sunseri, wife of Salvatore. He is
also survived by seven grandchildren: Nicole Curro, Samantha Frees, Amanda Frees, Jaclyn
Bradham, Santino Sunseri, Vincent Sunseri, Ashlyn Cain; and four great grandchildren:
Mercedez, Bently, Anthony, and Luca. He is also survived by his sister, Louise (Evans) Eaken.
There will be no public visitation. Graveside Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Jack’s memory to Reading KTB. By donating you
are helping a young Reading/Berks basketball player participate in a league that will benefit
their future. Checks can be made payable to Reading KTB and can be sent to 41 Arlington St.,
Reading, PA 19611.

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