DALLAS–Longtime manufacturers’ representative Don McEvoy passed away Tuesday, Sept. 28, after a long illness. He was 79 years old.
McEvoy co-founded Donald McEvoy Ltd. with his wife Helen more than 45 years ago and was a critical part of the Dallas Market Center since the early 1960s. He was honored by the DMC and the Accessories Resource Team with the Academy of Achievement honor this past January.
“Don was a gentleman, a mentor, and an industry icon,” said Bill Winsor, president and chief executive officer, Dallas Market Center. “Under his tremendous leadership the McEvoy showroom became a center of gravity for the gift and home industry. His legacy of service and generosity will continue through his family and the many individuals whom he positively influenced.”
McEvoy served in several leadership positions in the industry, including multiple terms as president of the Dallas Market Center Board of Governors and as a founding board member for Gift for Life, the industry charity supporting DIFFA: Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS.
McEvoy is survived by his daughter Laura and his son John, who now operates the showroom. The memorial service will be held in the sanctuary at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at 10:30 a.m., with a reception immediately following in the Great Hall.