Evan Michael Soukup

Evan Michael Soukup

In loving memory of Evan Michael Soukup, who passed away on July 7th, 2021 at Eastern Maine Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family, following injuries suffered as a passenger in a car accident.

Evan’s is a story of love. He was born in Alexandria, Virginia, just a few minutes before his twin sister Jessica. Evan was sweet boy and maintained an endearing innocence. He was so easy to raise, since he and his twin were inseparable and had their own playworld and easy companionship. He was shy, avoiding places with “too much children”, but made friendships easily and deeply. He was homeschooled for five years, and often was found during school hours upside down on his recliner, under a blanket, lying next to his beloved dog Daisy, or in the woods, one of his favorite places. He rode horses for five years and was a graceful equestrian. He attended the Bay School for one year to transition to high school, when he attended George Stevens Academy. Evan was a varsity swimmer for four years, setting school records despite hating swim meets, and attended the University of Maine for two years, studying Marine Biology, despite disliking reading and having attention challenges.

Since leaving college Evan was continuing his passion for fixing up anything with a motor. He liked to design things and was learning carpentry, enabling him to renovate his own home. He also worked as a sternman year-round and was described by his captain as the best he’d ever encountered—always on time, always working hard, and always in a good mood. Evan loved the water and the freedom and stunning beauty of the ocean and Maine coast.

Evan was loving and full of gratitude. He was polite, thoughtful, wickedly funny, and optimistic. He was independent and sometimes exasperating, but never to cause his family distress, but only because he could only follow his own path and be himself. He never followed a trail, but blazed his own way.

Evan is survived by his parents, Michael Soukup and Linda Soukup of Blue Hill; his twin sister Jessica Soukup, also of Blue Hill; his older brother Mark Soukup and his wife Kimberly Soukup, and their sons Nicholas, Connor, Colin and John, of Lincoln, MA; his older sister Rebecca Eiler and her husband David Eiler, their son James and their daughter Lauren, of Hanover, NH; his aunt Donna Brennan and his Uncle James Brennan of Estero, FL; his uncle John Blessing and his aunt Angie Blessing, of W. Lafayette, IN; his girlfriend, Haleigh Hanscom, of Blue Hill, and countless other family members and friends too numerous to mention.

Evan’s memorial will be held on Saturday, July 17th, at 3:00 p.m. It will be held behind Rockefeller Hall at the Schoodic Institute on Acadia Drive in Winter Harbor, ME, and will be followed by refreshments. All who cared about Evan and his family are welcome. His family requests that each person wishing to, can bring a written reflection about Evan, as well as a photograph if possible. The reflections can be read at the memorial, or can be read by a family friend, and will be kept by his family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, which manages so many of the special places where we hiked together as a family. (https://bluehillheritagetrust.org/donate-2/. Please note there that your gift is in memory of Evan).

His family also wishes to gently suggest, to everyone reading this obituary, that if anything has been left unsaid or undone, between you and your loved ones, with the belief it can be said or done tomorrow, say or do it now. “Time and chance happeneth to us all” (viz. Eccl. 9-11), and no one is guaranteed tomorrow. Finally, Evan chose to be an organ donor and saved and enhanced many lives. His family honors that choice and wishes to let others know it was the first ray of light in our darkest time. Evan will be terribly, terribly missed.

Arrangements by Acadia Burial and Cremation Direct.
Condolences may be expressed at www.acadiacremation.com.

16 Condolences

  • Bruce and Wendy Sheaffer Posted July 14, 2021 8:24 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mike, Linda and Jessica.

  • Kerri Holt Posted July 14, 2021 9:00 pm

    Prayers for you all, during this heartbreak

  • Alison, Eric, Ellen, Laura, and Susie Johnson Posted July 15, 2021 8:18 am

    We are all deeply saddened by this loss of a life ended far too soon. Evan brought many smiles to our faces any time we we’re with him. He was so polite and had a quiet way of inserting humor into the conversation that, if you weren’t paying attention, might slip right by. Our family sends love and healing to your family as you navigate your grief.

  • Dorothy and Gary E Davis Posted July 15, 2021 5:06 pm

    Please know that our thoughts are with you, Mike, Linda & Jessica. Words don’t seem enough right now…but we hope you can feel the sincere caring and deep sympathy that we send you. We also share fond memories of our times together in Maine and of California, pancakes and a Jaguar convertible with Evan and Jessica. So much sharing and love–wonderful memories we will always cherish.

  • Caroline Richards Posted July 16, 2021 3:15 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Evan was such a sweet and funny and curious guy. He was very engaged with the world. I really enjoyed teaching both Evan and Jessica when they were my students at GSA. You are all in my thoughts.

  • Steve Cinnamon Posted July 16, 2021 6:53 pm

    Mike. I am sorry to hear of your families loss. I recall the announcement when they were born. I hope you find comfort knowing your friends share in your pain. Peace to you. Wife and daughter.

  • Julia (Julie) Thomas McNamee Posted July 16, 2021 10:26 pm

    Mike & Linda, and Jessica,
    I am so sorry to hear this news. I still remember the twins as 7 or 8! But it doesn’t matter what age you lose a child; he’s still and forever yours and the pain of that loss so, so hard. My heart and thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
    Julie Thomas McNamee

  • Keith Langdon Posted July 17, 2021 12:06 pm

    Oh Mike,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your tragic loss. I did not know Evan, but those who have worked with you during your career in the NPS know how important family is to you.. We are all thinking of you and hope that you and your extended family can, through your love of Evan find peace and perspective – in time.

  • Robert Rector and Laurie Rothenberg Posted July 17, 2021 4:25 pm

    Michael, Linda and Jessica,
    Evan was clearly a remarkable, unique young man so full of indepedence, industry, strength, promise and love of life. You must have great pride in the young man he was and became. The world is so diminished by his loss. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you now.

    Robert and Laurie

  • fran mainella Posted July 17, 2021 7:00 pm

    Prayers for you Mike and the entire family.

  • Don Driscoll – GSA Swimming Posted July 20, 2021 6:32 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.
    My deepest sympathies to the Soukup family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Evan was a wonderful young man and will be remembered
    for many years by the swimming community at GSA.

  • Phyllis & John Morris Posted July 21, 2021 5:57 pm

    We were so shocked and saddened by the loss of your dear son, Evan. We send our deepest sympathy, love and prayers to you and your entire family.

  • Rob & Elvira Arnberger Posted July 21, 2021 10:43 pm

    Mike, Linda, Jessica and family…thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Jon Putnam Posted August 9, 2021 11:11 am

    Dear Mike and Linda and family – I was so saddened to hear about Evan’s tragic passing. He was clearly a special young man who meant so much to his family and friends. I remember meeting him years ago and always enjoyed hearing about his latest adventures. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and I sincerely hope that your happy memories of Evan will bring you some comfort in time.

  • David Reynolds Posted August 31, 2021 10:08 am

    Mike, I’m so sorry for this devastating loss to you and your family. Evan was a special person to so many. I hope as time passes the pain will ease and thoughts of Evan will bring warm memories.

  • Susan M Leary Posted May 24, 2022 12:38 pm

    You don’t know me or my family but I read of Evans tragic death today in the newspaper. You don’t have to know whose child to know that the loss is nearly unrecoverable to the parents and thei grief is bottomless. I send my deepest, most sincere sympathies to your family and I hope you are doing the tiny bit better now. I suspect any recovery will be in very small increments. Evan sounded like a marvelous boy, full of life and love and optimism. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope there are less stressful days ahead.

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