David was born in Birmingham, England and came to Canada in 1954. He died peacefully and gently in Victoria on Saturday, February 13th, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (nee Reid), his children Andrea, Jonathan, David and their children, Brittany and Owen, Jonathan, Brandon, Matthew, Brett and David. He was also great-grandfather to Savannah, Alalia, Brody, Benjamin, Vince and Logan Patrick. David is also survived by his sister, Jacqueline Margaret Jessup and her family.

David was a Professor Emeritus at Western University, where he was a member of the Clinical Psychology Program for 30 years. Over the years he was a consultant to numerous agencies, including hospitals, adolescent facilities, addiction facilities, and police services. He received an honours BA in psychology from the University of Toronto, an MA from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. He was twice a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Cambridge University. He was a past President of the Ontario Psychological Association, a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association, and a representative to the International Union of Psychological Science. He was the author of several books, chapters, journal articles, tests, and papers.

A Mass of Christian Burial at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Victoria and internment at Hatley Gardens will be livestreamed on Monday, February 22, 2021. A family gathering will follow later.

He was and is a much-loved man.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Carol Pekeski

    Margaret and Family

    WE are saddened to hear of Dave’s passing our sincere thoughts are with at this difficult time.

  • Casey Fallon

    Dear Marg,

    I’m saddened to hear of Dave’s passing and wanted to send you my sincere condolences to you and your family. Lots of fond memories from many years ago.

    Warm thoughts,
    Casey Fallon

  • Michael Lee

    Dear Margaret and Family ,
    It is with deep sadsness that we have heard of your loss of David .
    We are thinking of you at this time , and hope that the long , creative and loving life that you had together will serve to comfort you in the times ahead . David was a very special person who must have positively impacted many people’s lives .
    As former neighbors we shall remember him fondly .
    With much love ,
    Dianne , Hannah and Michael

  • Allen and Mary Ivey

    Margaret, We just heard of the loss of David. We grieve with you. He was a real scholar, an innovator, and a very nice person who did a lot for this world.

    We are lucky to have had him with us this long.

    At the same time, Mary and I are sad as we had looked forward to workin with him in the future and just talking a bit.

    With warmest wishes, Allen and Mary Ivey

  • Sandy Leboldus

    Margaret, et al. I worked with David for almost 20 years in the Department of Psychology. He was a wonderful person to work with, always happy and easy to get along with. These were the days before computers, cell phones and e-mail. I worked on a machine called an MTST – Magnetic Tape Selectric Typewriter (a little bit better than a typewriter) and typed papers and letters for him. You were allowed one extra character per line if you wanted to make a change! Very few changes were made to the finished product.

    I am very sad to hear of his passing.


  • Rosalind Callard

    Dear Margaret and Family

    My condolences to you and your family. David supervised me in my graduate work at Western, and I cannot think of a better match. He had a subtle way of conveying support without being too directive – a formula that few can master. He was fabulous example of fair-mindedness and generosity. He will be missed.

  • Greg Moran

    Dear Margaret and Family,

    Please accept my sincere condolences. I hope that in this most difficult time you will find some consolation in the personal and professional legacy that Dave has left.

    He was a good man, a fine psychologist and academic and a supportive colleague.

    All my very best wishes,

  • wendy goldsmith

    I have such fond memories with all of you…on Western Rd and Bayfield, and so many places in between. Marg and Dad were always Marg and Dad and usually the sentence was something like, ‘don’t let Marg and Dad find out!’. I blame Jon and Dave for most things…surely Andi and I had nothing to do with it! I remember so well our trip to Cambridge with Marg and Dad during one of his sabbaticals….getting yanked out of the pub by your irritated dad, Andi! and biking in the Cotswolds.. We tested their limits for sure, and paved the way for our little brothers <3 I'm so sorry for your loss and I send you all lots of love during this difficult time and a specially big hug to you, Marg, xoxoxo love wendy

  • Laura Fazakas-deHoog

    Margaret and family:
    I was saddened to hear of David’s death and I express my deepest condolences. David has a tremendous influence in the field of psychology and he touched many lives. Mine was one of those lives. I am deeply grateful for David’s support guidance, and mentorship in my gradate studies at Western. He will be remembered with fondness,
    Margaret you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Laura Fazakas-deHoog

  • Chris Dennett and Rena Princis

    Chris Dennett and Rena Princis

    Dear Margaret: Rena and I offer our deepest condolences on the passing of David. We spent many years of dining and theatre going during your long years in London. We remember David’s sly sense of humour and many warm and wonderful welcomes to your cottage home on Talbot. And of course all those weekend trips to Shaw and Stratford. We share many pleasant memories together. David will be missed by many. Much love at this difficult time.

  • Monica Gemeinhardt

    My sincere condolences to Margaret and the Family.
    Dr. Evans was the best mentor in the world.

  • Dr. Keith Dobson

    I want to share my condolences to you, Margaret, and to your family. I knew David for many years and had the great fortune to work with him in recent months on a revised version of his Canadian ethics book. He was a major influence in the field of Psychology in Canada, having served in leadership roles in academia and the professional world. His passing is a great loss. – Keith Dobson

  • Zann Charlton


    Thinking of you and your family as you mourn the loss of your husband, David. May your memories and the support of friends and faith provide comfort at this difficult time.

    Zann Charlton

  • Alan Leschied

    This is such very sad news about Dave. I consider myself amongst the many, many fortunate students who were shepherded into the profession under Dave’s mentorship and teaching. It was Dave who gave me my start with Margaret at the Children’s Hospital – a time that I cherish still, most every day. And through the years, as recently as last December, Dave would be in touch about the ‘next’ book on ethics in psychology….always concerned …forever thoughtful

    With deepest appreciation and heartfelt thoughts of Margaret at this time.

    Alan Leschied

  • Ian & Joan Turnbull

    Dear Margaret and the Evans Family, Please accept the most sincere condolences of Joan and myself. We have such happy memories of David and Margaret as our neighbours on Barton Street in London for many years. You were neighbours in the most complete and truest sense of the word. Your kindness and patience during the time of Eve’s demise helped me overcome the tremendous grief I underwent at that sad time. Please forgive our failure to maintain contact over the years after you’re leaving London, you are our loss. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you.

  • Dr. Shahe Kazarian

    Dear Margaret and Family

    Levonty and I offer our deepest condolences on the passing away of Dave. He was an advisor, mentor, colleague, and friend. Our life was enriched by his guidance, collaboration, support integrity and fidelity to you and the children. Levonty and I will miss him dearly.

  • dawne burron

    Margaret, I am sure you are feeling overwhelmed at present. Please accept my condolences. David will always be fondly remembered as my psychology prof and a member of my thesis committee. When you feel up to it, how about a walk, coffee?

    Virtual hug,

  • Roman Spanier

    Dear Margaret,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family on your loss. David was a gentle ‘man of Faith’ and always very kind to me whenever we met, usually at the Saturday evening vigil Mass. May our dear Lord grant David eternal rest.

  • Mohammad R Nikkhou

    I want to express my condolence to your loss. Dr. Evans was an excellent and influencing psychologist and we learned a lot from his excellent academic works.

    I wish you the strength to bear this substantial sorrow.

  • Eleni Hapidou

    Deepest condolences to Dr. Margaret Hearn and all your family on the passing of Dr. Evans. He was a very nice and gentle person! I’m sorry for your loss. He was a true influential leader of the profession of Psychology for many years and leaves a great legacy in the field.

  • John McIlroy

    I was an usher with David at St. Andrew’s Cathedral for several years. David was a very fine gentleman. Sincere condolences to Margaret and the family. R.I.P David.

  • Marsha Lomis

    Deepest condolences to Margaret, and family. Your loss extends to the whole Psychology community for his many contributions, along with those of Margaret. David was an integral part of my training and early psychology career at UWO and in practice, as my Supervisor for my registration as a psychologist in Ontario. He set the standard for being a contributor to the profession for all to aspire to, but few have achieved. May his memory be a blessing.

    With deep gratitude and appreciation for knowing David as a mentor, colleague and friend, along with Margaret,
    Marsha Lomis

  • Nick Kuiper and Joan Olinger

    Dearest Margaret, Jacqueline and Bart, and family,
    We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your much loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother. Nick and I heard about Dave’s passing on Tuesday, February 16th. We then spent the rest of the day remembering experiences we shared with Dave. Nick told me how important Dave was in Western’s Clinical Psychology Program. Nick also told me how wonderful Dave was to all his graduate students, always giving them the time and academic guidance they needed to complete their degrees. Students who had him as their thesis Supervisor were indeed very fortunate.

    Then Nick and I shared memories we had of how you Marg and Dave were there for us during
    special times, like our wedding, and the birth of our baby Heather. We appreciated all the wonderful things you did for us and the fun times we spent with you at your home or cottage. Thank you for being a very important part of our lives. We remember both of you with great fondness, appreciation, and best wishes.

  • Susan Herman

    We have lost a truly, truly nice man . May God give him every blessing in heaven.

  • Ester Cole

    So very sorry to just learn about Dr. Evans’ death. To those of us in the psychology world, he was a star whose name was always associated with the guiding -The law, Standards of Practice, and Ethics in the Practice of Psychology, and with his numerous fine publications. David’s leadership in the profession, and his research on the “quality of life and health promotion” are needed now more then ever. With sympathy to his family, and to the many who were enriched by him over time and place. Ester Cole

  • Fr. Dean Henderson

    Saddened to see David’s obituary this morning and offer prayers of gratitude for him, his example of fidelity, and for Margaret and the whole family. Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him O Lord!

    Fr Dean N Henderson (former St. Andrew’s Assistant)

  • Gloria M. Grace

    Dear Margaret and Family,

    I just wanted to offer my deepest condolences regarding the passing of David. Many, many years ago, I worked with Dave on many articles regarding legislation affecting psychology which were then published in the OPA newsletter. I remember David being a patient and kind mentor for me in this regard, and he was such a highly respected psychologist and academic. Marg – I hope you are OK in this very difficult time. You will always stand out to me as an unrivaled, wonderful and kind leader. Thinking of you through this time. Take good care. xo

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