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In Memoriam: John C. Evans (1947 - 1949)

You are warmly welcomed to leave a message below, share your memories and celebrate the life of John C. Evans (1947 - 1949) who we sadly lost in 2023
21 Jun 2024
Written by Robin Knight
Obituaries
John C Evans
John C Evans

John Colin Evans (47-49) died on 11 th May 2023 aged 90 as we were informed in 2024 by
his widow Liz.


John arrived at the Nautical College in January 1947 from Harrow County School. Lent Term
1947 is probably the coldest term ever recorded at the school. No hockey was played after the
middle of January and outdoor activities were confined to inter-divisional walking matches,
snow balling and skating. For a fortnight the thermometer never rose above freezing; the
lowest-ever temperature at the College of 9F/-13C was recorded in this period.
John survived this, perhaps because he had family connections in Canada. He was a member
of Harbinger Division (then based in a large freezing house on Bowden Green). At the end of
the summer term 1949 he left the College having reached Form V1 Science, passed his
School Certificate exam and become secretary of the Wireless Club.


Crossing the Atlantic aged 17 with a view of joining the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), he
was informed that he was too young. So he spent three terms teaching at St. John’s College,
Nassau in the Bahamas. The headmaster at the time was another OP, the remarkable RCW
Llewelyn (22-24) who later became a priest and in 1994 won the Templeton Prize for his
contribution “to the advancement of religion in the field of spirituality.”


On joining the RCN in June 1951 on a short service appointment, John was selected for flight
training. The Canadian Navy Lists for 1952 show him as a Midshipman training to be a pilot
at various RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) Stations. In October 1952 he was appointed to
an RCN land base in Nova Scotia called HMCS Shearwater, transferring soon after to the
RCAF base at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Here he flew a mixture of Swordfish, Anson V and
Harvard aircraft. He went on to have a varied career in the Canadian forces, flying off
Canadian aircraft carriers, serving in Korea and travelling extensively.


In the late-1950s John was seconded from the RCN to help create, organise and train the new
Tunisian air force as the French withdrew from Tunisia in 1957-58. This led on to a long
career in civil aviation, starting out as the personal pilot of Habib Bourguiba, Tunisia’s first
president.


John’s time in civil aviation subsequently was to take him to many African countries and
finally to the Greek islands. At one stage or another he lived in Greece, Spain and Canada. He
retired to the U.K. and London where he kept fit by walking and gardening, travelling and, in
the words of his widow, “remaining intellectually curious – an interesting and stimulating
companion, a loyal friend and a loving husband.”

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