Donald McEvoy, co-founder of the Donald McEvoy Ltd. showroom at the Dallas World Trade Center, died on Sept. 28 after a long battle with illness. He was 79.
McEvoy had been in the home furnishings business for more than 45 years, ever since he and his wife, Helen, started their showroom in 1964. But longtime employee Tawn Held says the job never got old for McEvoy, who was passionate about both the people and the product.
“With Don, every day was a new day. It wasn’t monotonous to him,” Held says. “There was always something that he saw beauty in, and he was quite a visionary.”
Nowhere was this more apparent than in McEvoy’s Dallas Market Center showroom, where he was very active.
“Don had an eye for product and what looked good and what didn’t,” Held says. “The showroom aesthetics always looked great, and that was his forte.”
He was also a leader in the industry, having served several terms as the president of the Dallas Market Center Board of Governors, and a founding board member of Gift for Life, the gift and home industry AIDS charity now supporting DIFFA: Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS.
In January of this year, McEvoy was given the ARTS Academy of Achievement award by the Dallas Market Center and the Accessories Resource Team (ART).
“Don McEvoy was a wonderful person, and I’m so glad that we had an opportunity to honor him during his lifetime, for his expertise and all he’s given to this industry,” says Sharon Davis, ART Executive Director.
McEvoy was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and is survived by his two children: John, who has taken over the company, and Laura.