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
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.