T.J. was a big force in introducing the sport to his nephew, Liam McEvoy, who plays on the North Andover High golf team.
T.J. was also devoted to his family, eating dinner with his mother at least five days a week, and spending many hours helping his children, two of whom live locally in North Andover.
"If we ever had something wrong at the house, he always had a guy who could come fix it," said T.J.'s daughter, Jill Dufresne.
T.J. was very close to his only brother, Jack McEvoy, who also recently retired from the North Andover Police Dept.
"We have different personalities but we were best friends," said Jack. "I can't tell you how many hours I was up with him talking about everything. He was an incredible brother and an incredible son."
T.J. loved being an officer in North Andover. After retirement, he remained on as a special duty officer and continued to do road details, usually in a busy part of town.
He would tell friends, "I always think they got it wrong when they say a policeman's job is, 'to protect and to serve.' It should be, 'to serve and to protect.' I've always believed our job was to serve the community first and foremost."
Most people that knew T.J. didn't know that he was not only a Eucharistic Minister for St. Michael's, but almost every Saturday morning he would bring Communion to patients at Lawrence General Hospital.
T.J. was predeceased by his father, Thomas McEvoy; aunts and uncles Bill, Frank and Rose McEvoy; and brother-in-law, Stanley Hesketh Jr.
He is survived by mother, Irene McEvoy; brother, Jack McEvoy; and sister, Susan Hesketh, of Pennsylvania; children, Tommy McEvoy and wife, Stephanie, Brian McEvoy, and Jill Dufresne and husband, Andy, all of North Andover; nieces and nephews, Danny, Sarah, Matt, and Katie Hesketh and Kaila and Liam McEvoy; nine grandnieces and grandnephews; and many many friends.