Canadian preservationist Don Evans has passed

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Don Evans
Rotary Club
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Don Evans, the Canadian railway preservationist who led the West Coast Railway Association to create a sustainable museum complex in Squamish, cemented the merger of the North American tourist railways and museums organizations, and assisted with the development of countless museums across the continent, has died.

The regional Rotary Club council of which he was a member said that he died Monday while on vacation in Peru.

Don was a graduate of Harvard Business School. He established DJE Holdings Ltd. in 1998 following his retirement after 31 corporate years in the telecommunications industry.

He was President Emeritus of the West Coast Railway Association and a Director of the Heritage Railway Association, formerly the Association of Tourist Railways and Railway Museums. The West Coast Railway Association is hosting the Heritage Railway Association annual meeting this September.

He was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his community service and the Caring Canadian Award which was presented in 2016 by the Governor General of Canada.

A celebration of life will be announced later.

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