Robert Hance “Bob” Evans
June 13, 1953 – December 20, 2015
Robert H. Evans, ‘Capt. Bob,’ 62, of Churchton, MD passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 surrounded by close family. Born on June 13, 1953, in Annapolis, MD to the late Frank B. Evans, Jr. and Joanna G. Evans, he was raised in Harness Creek where he began fishing and trapping at the age of 8. This began his life’s work as a commercial waterman on the Chesapeake Bay and what he would describe as “not a job, but a way of life.” Capt. Bob, a graduate of Annapolis High School, started his business, Bob Evans Bay Food, in 1976 and went on to provide the public with fresh caught local seafood ever since. Capt. Bob was an active member of the Maryland Watermen’s Association and was a long-time president of the Anne Arundel County Watermen’s Association. He served on the Maryland Seafood Marketing Commission, and virtually every Maryland Department of Natural Resources fishery management committee, sharing his deep knowledge of fish, crabs and oysters, and advocating for sustainable fisheries management. In 2010, he was recognized by National Fisherman with the Highliner Award, which acknowledges fishermen who bring in the biggest catch and are ambassadors for the industry. His true passions in life included crabbing, fishing, trapping, and hunting, but most of all being a dedicated father and friend.
Capt. Bob is survived by his daughters Eliza M. Evans of Churchton, MD, Lorien B. Covelly, her husband Graham M. Covelly of Pylesville, MD, and one grandson Marshall Robert Covelly. In addition, he is survived by 3 siblings, brother, F. Barton Evans III, and his wife Judy Maris of Swannanoa, NC, sister, Halee E. Cordray of Moore, SC, sister, Suzan E. Whilden and her partner Willy Dean of Scotland, MD, and many loving nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held Saturday, January 30, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Saturday, January 30, 2016