Barry James Evans
Barry James Evans
Barry James Evans was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Ernestine and David Evans, on Oct. 24, 1942. He died suddenly, in Sonoma, on July 19, 2012, where he lived for the last four years. He was 69.
He lived in Melbourne, Australia, for the first 30 years of his life before sailing to England to pursue his racing dreams. While in Australia, he raced his MGB and a Formula 3 car he built and designed. He planned to stay abroad for the European Formula 1 racing season, but was offered a job in America to be a part of a new Shadow Racing Team. His passion for racing, building and maintaining F-1 and Can-Am cars continued throughout his life. He found new excitement when he arrived in Sonoma and worked at Sonoma Raceway with Shawn Thomas, Tom Price and others, restoring vintage Formula and Can-Am cars for racing around the world. He loved his cars.
He also loved his family. Barry leaves his beloved wife, Judy; and his four children, Nadia, David, Allyson and Christy as well as Judy’s daughters, Stacy, Patricia, Deborah and Susan, all of whom he cherished. He also left 10 grandchildren, whom he enjoyed beyond description. A new baby is due this week to daughter Nadia and her husband Jack in Perth, Australia. Perhaps that continues the circle of life. Barry’s dogs, Rufus and Lucy, and cats, Chai and Halle Berry also mourn his death.
A memorial service was held July 25, 2012, at Shir Shalom, Sonoma. A celebration of his life will be held at the Sonoma Raceway Aug. 30, 2012 at noon.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Barry’s name to Shir Shalom, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma 95476, or Pets Lifeline, 19686 Eighth St. E., Sonoma 95476.
Duggan’s Mission Chapel
525 W. Napa St.,