North Andover Police Sgt. T.J. McEvoy, who served on the department for 30 years, passed away Thursday at his home. He was 60 years old.
"Sgt. McEvoy was an admired police officer, and it was very quiet at the station yesterday when we learned of his passing," North Andover Police Chief Paul Gallagher said. "We're going to miss him."
McEvoy and his brother John recently retired from the department. And even after he retired, T.J. McEvoy kept himself a presence in the community, seen all over town talking with business owners, helping with charitable events. He ate lunch at Joe's Landing and loved hanging out with the guys at Jimmy's Famous Pizza.
"He was a familiar face about town, very much involved in all of North Andover," Selectmen Chair Rosemary Smedile said. "The McEvoy name is synonymous with North Andover. He was very involved in youth sports, of course he was known as a fine police officer, a loving father, a great son and brother."
"He was a mentor, he was my sergeant when I started, he took me under his wing," Lt. Eric Foulds said. "He showed me that common sense went a long way in this department and dealing with the public... He truly is North Andover, and he truly represents the North Andover Police Department."
Calling hours will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Michael Parish. There will be a funeral Mass Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Parish. Burial will be private.