Ralph W. “Buddy” Evans, Jr., age 81

of Braintree

Ralph W. “Buddy” Evans, Jr., age 81

Ralph W. “Buddy” Evans, Jr., age 81, of Braintree, passed away, peacefully, Wednesday, September 20, 2023 in the comfort of his home, after a brief illness.

Beloved husband for forty-five years of Susan E. Himmelman.

Devoted son of the late Ralph W. and Mary F. (Riley) Evans.

Loving uncle of James L. Patterson and his wife Sandy of Southampton, and Laurie Ann Martin and her partner Michael McGill of Agawam.

Loving great uncle of Matthew Patterson and his wife Charlotte of Chelsea, and Brian Patterson of Easthampton.

He leaves behind many close friends made through his athletic connections and strong faith and devotion to the Catholic church.

Ralph enlisted in the United States Air Force immediately following high school and served as a physical conditions specialist to the 3320th Air Base Group in Amarillo, Texas. Following his honorable discharge as an Airman Second Class, he served in the United States Air Force Reserve for four years. Later in life, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol.

Ralph’s love for athletics continued throughout his career. He worked at Boston University for seven years in all phases of the Athletic Department, four years for the New York Giants, and two years for the Boston Patriots.

Ralph returned to school where he received his Bachelor degree from Bridgewater State, of which he was most proud. He continued throughout his career to take certification courses and attended numerous sports conferences to enhance his education in the athletic training field.

Ralph went on to work for the Boston Athletic Club, Bentley College, until he landed at Wentworth Institute working as one of their athletic trainers until his retirement. Still today he continues to be fondly remembered by former student athletes he helped over the years.

He also worked for the Brockton Rox and covered staffing at the triage tent at the Boston Marathon for many years. In retirement, he had a part-time job at General Auto Supply delivering parts. He truly enjoyed working there and his co-workers.

Ralph was an expert in all phases of sports and also especially on the history of the former Braves Field. And of course, all things Doris Day, corresponding with her personally over the years.

Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, September 28, from 10 – 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Thursday, September 28, at 11:30 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Saint Mary Cemetery, Randolph.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph’s memory may be made to Glastonbury Abbey, Attn: Abbot Thomas, 16 Hull Street, Hingham, MA 02043 (www.glastonburyabbey.org) or Doris Day Animal Foundation, 8033 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 845, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (www.dorisdayanimalfoundation.org).


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  • Worked with Ralph for six years at Wentworth- I have spent my entire adult life in intercollegiate athletics and I can’t think of anyone that cared about the well being of student athletes more than Ralph. A truly unique and special man. This is a tremendous loss.

  • Ralph was a well respected colleague and mentor to many athletic trainers. We spent time together on Marathon Monday’s doing what he loved to do – helping people. I truly enjoyed his passion and stories about the Boston Braves and Braves Field. You will be missed but remembered by many.

  • Rest in Peace,
    Ralph (Known as the Professor)@ General Auto Supply kept us all interested in his stories through his life.

    Ralph will be missed from manny, sending Deepest Sympathy to the family for your loss.

    Love, Grace

  • I am so sad to learn of Ralph’s passing and also of his wife’s, Susan Himmelman, passing just 6 days later. Susan, known in our group of friends as Sam, was one of my best friends for more than 54 years, and Ralph almost as long. Ralph was a wonderful teller of stories. Sam and Ralph are still together, now in God’s care. Rest in peace my dear, dear friends.

  • Susan,
    I am so very sorry to learn about Ralph’s passing!
    I was prepping for the Jimmy Fund Walk & l heard from Chris Troyanos. As you well know Ralph & I go back many many years…..40+ and lots of different schools & events. He bailed me out so many times when I needed coverage help here at Thayer. He was always so quick to offer his help & his knowledge. He was an amazing lifelong learner, shared his books & periodicals & all of his incredible contacts! I was so very blessed to have known & worked along side of him for so many years.we worked The Boston Marathon, the Jimmy Fund walk, all kinds of camps & events. Thank you for sharing he & all of your Goldens with all of us.
    My sincere condolences to you & all of your family.

  • I am heartbroken to hear the news of Ralph’s passing the day after his services he was a terrific friend and we both had a love of baseball. He was terrific to not only both teams of my student athletes but all of the student athletes he ever came across. He had so many great stories to share and we had so many great stories about him he was loved and respected by everyone and I’m going to miss him…. God bless you Ralph!!! ⚾✝️

  • Dear Susan,
    I had the pleasure of working the finish line tent at the Boston Marathon with Ralph for many years (1990’s-2005) and we always enjoyed sharing a meal and good conversation after our days’ work. I was finishing some holiday cards today and came across his name- wondering how he was. I’m so sorry to learn of his passing in September. He was a kind, thoughtful and caring man whom I most glad i had the opportunity to know.

    Kind Regards,