It is with great sadness that the family of Kevin Paul Egan, age 90, formerly of Upper and South Nyack, Ho-Ho-Kus, Marble Dale and Torrington, announces that he passed away on June 6, 2020, in Southbury, Conn., after a brief battle with Covid-19. He was born in the Bronx on November 4, 1929, to Eugene and Léonie Egan. He attended the Lycée Français in New York and Brooklyn College before being drafted into the Army in 1951. He served in Texas and in Germany, rising to the rank of sergeant. Returning home, he and an Army buddy accepted jobs at the Harbor House Hotel in Nantucket for the summer before getting back to regular work. It was there that Kevin met Amy McAvity, a college sophomore from Larchmont, N.Y., who had taken a summer job at the same hotel. According to Amy it was love at first sight. They kept up their relationship while Amy finished her degree at the University of Michigan, including a year that she spent as an exchange student in France. They were married the June after her senior year, in 1956.
For a number of years already, Kevin had been working at A. Sulka & Co., a men’s haberdashery on Park Avenue. Now he commuted into the city from Westchester and the family expanded to include a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Kate. In 1963 they all moved to Upper Nyack, N.Y., where a second son, Justin, was born. In 1966 Kevin followed a school friend into the fragrance industry, at the sales department of Lautier Fils, in Parsippany, N.J. In 1970 he took a job with another fragrance manufacturer, P.F.W., in Middletown, N.Y., and he stayed for the rest of his career, even as P.F.W. was bought by Haarmann & Reimer, a division of the Bayer corporation. He retired in 1995 as the director of customer service in the U.S. Fragrance Division of Haarmann & Reimer. During the last few years of his career, his job took him to Paris and to the U.K. for several months at a time. He appreciated being able to use his French again, updating the vocabulary he had learned in the thirties and forties.
Around the same time, the couple’s life took a new turn when Amy enrolled in the General Theological Seminary on her way to being ordained as an Episcopal priest. They sold the house they were living in in South Nyack and moved to married student housing in New York City. A move to New Jersey followed Amy’s graduation, and Kevin enjoyed taking watercolor classes, doing volunteer work at different churches, and fishing in local lakes from his blue kayak. Amy served as an assistant rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ramsey, N.J., before being called to be the rector of St. Andrew’s Church in Marble Dale, Conn. Again Kevin enjoyed participating in the life of the parish and exploring the lakes and ponds of northwestern Connecticut. When Amy retired, they moved to Torrington, Conn., and following Amy’s death in 2010, Kevin moved to Southbury.
He is survived not only by Chris and his wife, Lorri, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Kate Norris and her husband, Mike, of Teaneck, N.J.; and Justin and his wife, Patricia, of Bethlehem, Conn., but by his grandchildren, Sara Egan, Alexandra Bracken-Frazier (and her husband, Ryan), Connor Norris, and Grayson Egan; his brothers, Antony and Brian (and his wife, Ana); and his two great-grandchildren, Juniper and Jayden. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law Carolyn.
Because of the pandemic, plans have not yet been made for a memorial service, but they will be made available as they arise. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lycée Français of New York or to the Steep Rock Association, a land trust in Washington, Conn.
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