Tony Everard

1922 – 2011

We record with great sadness the death on Sunday 18th September of Tony Everard, our fellow member, good friend and colleague in aviation. He was 88 years old and passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Leicestershire.

Tony joined the Air Squadron in 1966 and was an active member for almost all of his time, a huge supporter of what the Squadron did and what it stood for. In particular, we remember him as the founding father of The Helicopter Club of Great Britain in that year and his regular participation in events flying his Brantly B2. (See page 17 in ‘Far Horizons’)

Upon leaving school, Tony joined the army in 1941 and went to the RMA Sandhurst before being commissioned into the Royal Horse Guards. When his father, Sir Lindsay Everard, became ill in 1947, he resigned his commission and joined the family brewing business Everards Brewery. In 1948 he became a Director of John Sarson & Son Ltd, wine merchants. Upon the death of his father in 1948, he was appointed Chairman of both companies, elected President in 1978, a position and an interest he held to the end. He was appointed High Sheriff of Leicestershire in 1964.

In the 1950s Tony was deeply involved in sports car racing with Aston Martin cars and became a member of the British Racing Drivers Club. Skiing was a favourite sport and he held Gold K with the Kandahar Ski Club. He was a life-long motor cycle enthusiast, founding the Donington 100 Motorcycle Group, serving as Chairman and later as President.

In business life, he embodied the best of family custodianship, steering his company through the turbulent aftermath of WWII and the plethora of brewery takeovers during the 60s and 70s. He transformed Everard pubs into becoming more family friendly, oversaw a massive corporate move to Castle Acres in 1982 and guided the transition from one generation to the next with considerable foresight. When he handed over control, he put a sign on his desk facing the entrance that said – “A company prospers when its former Chairman turns up as infrequently as possible”

Tony will be fondly remembered by all those people whose lives he touched – but he never wanted anyone to mourn his passing. “Do not grieve, just rejoice for a full life” is a message from his personal papers. He requested his funeral be in private and there be no memorial service.

Tony never married. He leaves his long time companion Tineke Lenting.

Simon Ames
19th September 2011