A celebration of life service was held at the St George’s Episcopal Anglican Church on 22 December 2015 in memory of the late Ernest Austin Evans aka Chinko, who departed this life on 8 December.
Mr. Evans was born on 6 April 1934 to the late Evan Evans and Bertha Contois of Road Town, he was the last of six children.
Chinko’s boyhood days were typical of those of many of his Road Town age group. However, what made him stand out from the others was his goal oriented personality and his natural aptitude for mechanics, electronics, carpentry, and joinery.
He later married Gwendolyn Evans nee Thomas and from this union came five children—Terry (deceased), Danny, Gary, Felicia, and Gilda Evans.
In 1950, Chinko earned a scholarship to study in Puerto Rico. He became a certified electrician through a prestigious point-4 programme. As a man known to always take advantage of every constructive opportunity, he sought out to learn more about stage production and lighting while pursuing his certification.
Mr. Evans was one of the operators of the first power plant located in the vicinity of the current Police Headquarters in Road Town. He worked briefly with the Electricity Corporation but there weren’t many opportunities for work in his field. So Chinko decided to explore the possibilities of finding employment in St Thomas.
This was a wise decision as he was soon after able to land steady and profitable assignments with one of St Thomas’s leading electrical firms. A few years later he returned home and started his own business called “Evans Electric Services” and became one the BVI’s most sought after electricians. He did electrical installations for many homes and other buildings within the Territory.
Most people who knew Mr. Evans associated him with the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall (Cultural Centre). After undertaking basic electrical work during its construction, he was asked to manage the centre part time. An unfortunate accident in 1984 limited his ability to perform strenuous activity and he became the full-time manager of the centrally located auditorium.
From the onset Chinko took his new vocation seriously as he addressed and corrected all of the major drawbacks of the facility. In addition to its managing and running the Cultural Centre he was involved in initiating, designing, and overseeing all modifications.
The Centre was an integral part of Mr. Evans’ life; so much so that he undertook many of the projects himself due to insufficient funding.
Music played an integral part of his life as he was a jazz enthusiasts, a saxophonist and at one point even formed a band called “Chink and his Combo.”
The late Ernest A. Evans is survived by his Wife — Gwendolyn Evans (Gwenos); Daughters—Felicia Evans-Blackman, and Gilda Evans; Sons — Danny Evans, and Gary Evans; Granddaughters — Trisha Evans, Gia Evans, Reba Evans, Che’vaunne Richardson, Naya Evans, Bryn Evans, Monea Richardon, and Shade Blackman; Grandsons — Ronald Evans, Terence Cameron (TJ), Teshawn Cameron, Adrian Blackma, and Aundre Blackman; 10 great grand children; Daughters-In-Law — Phyllis Evans; Sister — Ina Beamish; and many relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
The publishers, management and staff of The Island Sun newspaper extend heartfelt condolences to the relatives and friends of the late Ernest Austin Evans.