Boulevard mourns passing of beloved hobbyist

Kenmore lost a one of its most eclectic and dedicated hobbyists on Aug. 22 with the passing of Howard Evans, owner of E&S Hobbies & Trains.

According to his family and friends, Howard – or “Hutch,” as they called him – was a lifelong tinkerer and lover of all things electronic. Even before graduating from Kenmore High School in 1965, Howard got his hands on an amateur radio license, and – as they say – the rest was history.

Before retiring from the City of Akron’s Communications Division in 2004, Howard opened E&S Hobbies & Trains at 980 Kenmore Blvd, enabling him to share his deep knowledge and love of model trains, remote-control airplanes and more with the families and hobbyists of Kenmore and the greater Akron community for 30 years. It was a fitting transition for the former McDowell Pharmacy building, which drew children to the Boulevard for penny candy and sodas for decades.

E&S Hobbies & Trains will remain open on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and evening and weekend hours as family is available. They are also available for appointments, pricing and inventory availability by calling 330-745-0785. For visitation and funeral details, or to leave a note for Howard’s family and loved ones, visit

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