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Obituary: The Very Revd Trevor Evans

17 July 2020

The Dean of Bangor writes:

OUR diocesan family has been deeply saddened by the news of the death of our brother in Christ the Very Revd Trevor Evans, on the morning of Tuesday 30 June, aged 82.

Trevor was a native of Dolgellau, and his vocation was nurtured by the curate of the parish, the late Canon Elias Hughes. Upon leaving Dolgellau Boy’s Grammar School, he went to read geology at Aberystwyth University, where he met his wife, Chris, who also studied geology.

After graduating, Trevor studied at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, to train for ordination, and returned to the diocese to serve curacies in Barmouth and Llandudno, before being appointed Team Vicar of Llandudno. He became incumbent of Llanidloes in the mid-1970s, and was the Diocesan Adviser on spirituality. He served as Diocesan Director of Ordinands from 1989 to 1998, nurturing the vocation of many candidates for the ordained ministry. He moved north and served for a year in Trefdraeth, before moving to Llanfairpwll, on the Isle of Anglesey. He was made Prebendary of Bangor Cathedral in 1982. A call then came to take up the post of Dean of our Cathedral Church in 1998, a position that he held until his retirement in 2004.

Trevor Owen Evans was a faithful, dedicated, and deeply spiritual priest, whose ministry touched the lives of many people within our diocese and beyond. He and Chris visited Uganda four times with ministry teams working with communities there. They were instrumental in setting up the diocesan link with Lango diocese in 1996 ,which they have continued to work hard to support. Trevor and Chris established Lango Orphans Scholarship Trust to pay the school fees of orphaned children. Many of them have now obtained a degree or found trades, enabling them to be self supporting. Trevor had a pilgrimage ministry, and he and Chris led many groups to Bardsey Island on retreat, initially for ordinands, then for many laypeople and clerics.

Trevor loved mountains, and climbed all the 3000-foot peaks in Snowdonia, as well as some of the Scottish Monroes. Holidays were spent on the highlands and islands of western Scotland. He dabbled in wood-turning and DIY from time to time.

Trevor was a loving and much-loved husband, father, and grandfather, and we hold, Chris, Ruth, Simon, and the whole family in our thoughts and prayers.

Good and faithful servant, rest now in peace. Da was, offwys nawr mewn tangnefedd.

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