A Francophile and regular at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for more than 40 years, Timothy Evans knew how to make an entrance.
"He could dress up with the best of them," said Harris Ferris, the executive director of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. "There was definitely a little bit of a Liberace factor for Dr. Timothy Evans."
Whether it was for a night at the ballet or just to hang out at his favorite coffee shop, Mr. Evans often stood out.
"Nights at the ballet without his fur coat would be a no-no," Mr. Ferris said.
Holding a Ph.D. in sociology, Mr. Evans spent 10 years as a Benedictine monk and taught at the Community College of Allegheny County.
He was fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese.
He died Wednesday of complications related to multiple myeloma. He was 62.
Sally Evans, Mr. Evans' sister, said they grew up in Mt. Lebanon, where he excelled as a student.
He enjoyed traveling to France and Mexico and raved about Paris, Ms. Evans said.
"He had planned at some point after he retired to move to Paris," Jay Marano, a 17-year neighbor of Mr. Evans, said. "That was his dream. That was before his cancer."
But he liked nothing more than ballet.
"We've lost one of our most ardent dance fans," Mr. Ferris said. "He was always elegant and quick-witted, and traveled all over the world to see ballet."
Mr. Ferris noted that Mr. Evans' support of the company includes a $125,000 donation in 2011.
"You just saw him at everything," said Patricia Wilde, a former artistic director at the company between 1982 and 1997. "He was interested in the young dancers, he was interested in the new choreography and the new productions of older works."
In the final weeks of his life, dancers would stop by and visit, according to Mr. Marano.
But Mr. Evans was also known for his sense of humor.
Mr. Marano recalled an occasion where Mr. Evans was part of the show "Cleopatra." "He was in full costume ... he left the costume on and knocked on my door at like 11:30 at night, a full Egyptian costume, and scared the daylights out of me," Mr. Marano said. "He got a kick out of that."
Brent Boss, a co-owner of Buena Vista Coffee in the North Side, said he first met Mr. Evans about three years ago.
"Not long after it opened, I started to notice him as a customer. He's very hard to forget," Mr. Boss said.
"He would pull up in a really shiny Cadillac and ... walked with a cane or two; they were often really decorative and flashy."
Mr. Boss, 32, said Mr. Evans used to endlessly mock him, "If I was talking to someone else at the register, he would just eavesdrop and make fun of what I said. And I would yell something back at him like 'shut up I don't want to hear something from the peanut gallery.' People looked surprised that I was yelling at a man with a cane ... He would giggle mischievously."
Mr. Evans would invite Mr. Boss over to his table to work on crossword puzzles, and often, the entire coffee shop would help solve them.
Because Mr. Evans was such a fixture at the coffee shop, Mr. Boss set up a special reserved hook for Mr. Evans' hat.
He has no intention of taking it down.
Mr. Evans is survived by his son, Xavier Evans of the South Side.
Friends will received at Laughlin Memorial Chapel at 222 Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
The family suggests donations to The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
Alex Zimmerman: email@example.com or 412-263-3909.