Longtime Thoroughbred racing writer/editor and horse racing mystery novelist John McEvoy passed away Monday at the age of 83.
McEvoy served as the Midwest editor of the Daily Racing Form for 15 years starting in 1979 and continued as a correspondent when the Chicago DRF office closed in 1994.
“John was a student of racing,” former Chicago Tribune horse racing writer Neil Milbert told DRF. “Although most of his career at the Form was spent as an editor, he was an excellent writer.”
McEvoy used his skills as an author in other ways, penning seven mystery novels, featuring the character Jack Doyle, a former boxer and ad man who makes a new career at the racetrack solving mysteries.
“John's great versatility showed when he began writing novels with racing storylines,” Milbert said. “His creativity was remarkable.”
McEvoy is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judy; their three children, Michael, Sarah, and Julia; 10 grandchildren; and two sisters.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held on June 29 at at St. Mary's Church in Evanston, Ill.
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