Sgt. Evan G. Wattles

July 13th, 2021

Evan G. Wattles, age 33, of Tewksbury, formerly of Billerica and Wakefield, passed away unexpectedly on July 10, 2021, at the Whidden Hospital in Everett.

Evan was born on December 16, 1987, in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of Jacquelyn Gaff and Gary Wattles. Evan was raised and educated in Wakefield; he was a stand out football player at Wakefield High School where he graduated with the Class of 2006.

Following graduation, Evan, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. on October 22, 2007 and soon found himself fighting the War on Terrorism with his deployment to Afghanistan. Evan’s unit was actively involved in lots of heavy combat; he lost a lot of fellow Marines and this would forever change him from the happy go lucky kid that everyone knew. Evan stood proud, finished his tour of duty, earned the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged on October 12, 2011; returning home to his family.

Evan had a talent for carpentry and he loved working with his hands; he went to work in the construction industry where he made many friends.

In his spare time, Evan, enjoyed reading, his favorite author being Jordan Peterson, he loved learning about philosophy and had a huge thirst for knowledge in many subjects.

Evan was outgoing and friendly with a great sense of humor; a gentle giant at 6′4″, with a heart of gold; he loved animals, kids, helping others and most of all he loved his family. He was fiercely protective of his family, friends and anyone he viewed as the “underdog”. Evan was loyal and kind towards everyone he met; he was truly a good person and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Evan is survived by his parents Jackie Gaff of Tewksbury and Gary Wattles of Cape Cod, he was the dear brother of Garrett Taylor and his wife Lauren, Uncle of Henry Taylor, grandson of the late Jacqueline and Edward Gaff, Sr. and Mary Fran and the late Benjamin Wattles, nephew of Thomas Gaff, Sally Wattles & husband Rob Dwyer, Benjamin Wattles, John Wattles, Peter Wattles and the late Edward Gaff, Jr., special Godson of Patty Nunley and Butch Marinello. Evan was also very special to his extended family, his cousins and his friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, July 17th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 1:00 p.m. which will conclude with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Evan’s memory may be made to the Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


13 Entries in Guest Book for “Sgt. Evan G. Wattles”

  1. Gary Wattles says:

    Am awesome human being he will be missed by many but mostly by me Evans Father!

  2. Olumbe Falú says:

    I knew him as Corporal Wattles at my first duty station, Okinawa. He was always someone who exuded congeniality amid the chaos – someone that everyone wanted to be around. He was an exceptional leader that I will always remember. I’m glad to have known him.

  3. Kevin Tucker says:

    The Lake Isle of Innisfree

    I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
    And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
    Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
    And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

    And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
    Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
    There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
    And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

    I will arise and go now, for always night and day
    I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
    While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
    I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

    Rest in peace my friend.

  4. Bo Miller says:

    I had the privilege of being one Evan’s leaders during our time based out of Okinawa, Japan aboard Camp Hansen, where we deployed from to Afghanistan in 2010. It breaks my heart that his has happened, and I pray that all of our comrades in arms know they can always call me or scores of others from our company of Marines, day or night, when those demons come knockin’, because they will, and all of us are just human. You will be missed by many, Wattles. I love you. – Gunnery Sergeant Bo L. Miller, (ret.)

  5. Todd Fucile says:

    Evan was one of the Marines I deployed with to Afghanistan. We had a special connection with both of us being from the Boston area. Evan was always smiling and laughing and would always have a group of Marines around him. He was an outstanding leader. You could give him a task or mission and not have to worry about it being completed or done correctly because he would ensure it was. Anytime thing got tough, Evan would make a joke to lighten the mood and to get all the Marines around him to laugh. Evan will be dearly missed and this breaks my heart and hits home a little more. Evan I say from the bottom of my heart you made my time in Afghanistan easier and I wish there was something I could. I love you and you will be missed. Now it’s time for you to guard the streets of heaven. Semper Fidelis. Till we meet again. I’ll miss you brother.

  6. Ashley O'Connell says:

    Evan is the most iconic person I’ve ever met. Truly genuine and loving to the core. His mindset intelligence and knower of all mysteries inspired and brightened my daily life. I will never forget him or the 8 years we had together. I will never forget the way he brightened the room. His hilarious tales and adventures. His big booming laugh and those big warm hugs. I am grateful and proud to have been by his side to the end. Thank you evan for loving me. I will always love you.

  7. Nika Nunley says:

    Evan, may you be at peace. My memories of you from childhood span from action figures, wrestling Garrett and our High School football coach’s dream player. You were smart and loved your family. You gave us your all. I’m grateful to have known you.

  8. Lou says:

    “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
    George S. Patton

  9. Tyler McDaniel says:

    You will be missed and remembered Evan.

  10. Nicole says:

    Rest in peace my friend and brother.

  11. The Marinello’s says:

    Our hearts are broken. We are grateful to have had you in our lives and will never forget you. So proud of you and all you have done. You will be missed. Love,

    Nancy, your godfather Butch, and Melanie

  12. Joanne Fafard says:

    Evan was and always wil be a hero in so many ways. He could comfort you when feeling sad and had the special gift to be able to bring a smille to your face and a chuckle in your heart. You will forever be in my heart and so sorely missed. Love you to the moon and back
    Semper Fi.

  13. Danielle Simms says:

    We never met but your dad (Gary Wattles), had told so much about you and I have always wished I got to meet you Evan, I pray your soul Rests in the lord. Amen ????

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