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01 March 2013

A correspondent writes:
TO REMAIN in charge of a shipping company for more than 25 years is an incredible achievement; for a woman to do so in what is still very much a man's world is an even more astonishing feat. Yet Ethel Everard, who died on St Stephen's Day 2012, did so.

She was managing director of the family-owned firm F. T. Everard & Sons, from 1963 to 1990. She was a formidable personality, and a driving force in business. Yet she also found time to take part in several committees of the Missions to Seamen (now the Mission to Seafarers). She always had great care and concern for the seamen and their families, and set an example in honesty and integrity. She was highly respected, and, indeed, had ships named after her.

In 1983, aged 59, she married a family friend, the Revd Ronald Casebow, at Burnham-on-Crouch Parish Church in Essex, where he was then Vicar. Some years later, they moved to Suffolk, where she died. Her requiem mass at Eye was attended by representatives of all parts of the shipping world.

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