John E. Everson [1952-2017]

In tribute to a limitless spirit for exploration and achievement.

John Everson, longtime CIRI board member, shown here against the backdrop of his coveted Extra EA 300/L aerobatic plane.

On July 13, longtime CIRI board member John Everson was the victim of a fatal plane crash, while flying solo over the woods of Winchester, NH. He is remembered as a man who loved his family and valued hard work — and a man with an undeniable passion for flying.

John’s fascination with aviation began with flying gliders at the age of 14. The son of a World War II combat fighter ace, he amassed over 3000 hours in the cockpit. This included 1000 hours at the controls of his Extra EA 300/L — a two-seat unlimited class aerobatic plane — which he guided to a first place finish in his skill class at a recent competition.

A lifelong desire to learn, invent and achieve.

Joining his family’s time-honored business in 1970 at the age of 18, John Everson rose to the position of President in 1992. Under his leadership, Narragansett Improvement Company — a pioneering company birthed in 1893 during the infancy of the asphalt paving process —  continued its ascent to become one of Southern New England’s premier contractors in the field.

John’s crowning achievements included the oversight and direction of the growth and modernization of the company’s manufacturing plant. Today, his innovative approach to leadership is being carried on by his son, Dustin J. Everson, who represents the fifth generation of leadership at Narragansett Improvement.

Expanding his horizons to serve both industry and community.

During his tenures as Secretary then Treasurer of our Board of Directors, John Everson’s steady demeanor and clear thoughtful advice have been invaluable to our organization. John also served as RI Director for the National Asphalt Pavement Association, and as a trustee for the New England Laborers’ Pension Board. His philanthropic interests included the National Multiple Sclerosis and the United Way, along with both charitable and hands-on involvement with Habitat for Humanity.

All of us at CIRI, and across the transportation construction industry at large, owe John E. Everson a massive debt — for both his commitment to his work and his efforts above and beyond. We already miss him greatly.


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