Monty recalled as ‘one of a kind’
Last Modified: April 26. 2013 9:42AM
EILEEN GODIN, Times Leader Correspondent
It is rare in life to meet someone who brings out the best in people, and Monty Evans, formerly of the Back Mountain, had that kind of charisma.
Evans, former owner of Monty’s Toby Creek Inn, now known as Dugan’s Pub in Luzerne, passed away in Savannah, Ga., Sunday, April 15, 2012. A full obituary will follow in a coming edition.
His son, Jim Evans of the Back Mountain, said his dad was well known by many for his marketing and sales knowledge, style, love of photography and humor.
Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Monty Evans moved to the Back Mountain area in the 1960, his son said. Evans married Joan Ondish Evans of Luzerne, and they had one son.
Jim Evans said his dad was a unique character, always dressed to the nines, and he played up Halloween by dressing like Charlie Chaplin or handed out coal at Christmas as Scrooge.
“He had a love for classic old Hollywood,” Evans said.
Prior to opening his own business, Monty Evans was a salesman for some European camera companies and traveled the East Coast and into Europe.
Evans said his dad could take apart a camera and put it back together easily, but did not master social media.
A man before his time, Monty Evans “twittered” through a classified ad in The Times Leader, marked by a tuxedo logo, Evans said. The ad usually was an ambiguous message, Evans said.
“Sometimes others would use the logo to send messages to him,” he said. “He had a talent for words, very engaging.”
The messages were meant for a specific person, Evans said.
Monty Evans was often asked to be a master of ceremonies, his son recalled, including by Al Boscov for an event with Sophia Loren, who was visiting one of his stores to promote her newest fragrance.
Monty Evans opened Monty’s Toby Creek Inn in the 1980s and stayed in business until the early 1990s. Charlie Dugan, owner of Dugan’s Pub, remembers him as a great self-promoter and businessman.
“He was one of a kind,” said Dugan. “He would accept a bar chip from other establishments.”
Monty Evans suffered a stroke in the mid-1990s. After recovering, he moved to Costa Rica and spent time in Havana, Cuba, before settling in Savannah, Ga.
Inspired by author Graham Greene’s novel “Our Man in Havana,” Monty Evans set out to become the man of Savannah, Jim Evans said. Dressed in his best, his dad drove a Crown Victoria for the Yellow Cab Co., providing top-of-the-line customer service.
“He was a taxi concierge,” Jim Evans said.