Book of Remembrance of


Ewan Jefferies

This remembrance book has been compiled by Ewan’s colleagues and friends from within BAE Systems and further afield. Its prime purpose is to share thoughts and memories of a truly wonderful man with his family Emma, Caitlin, Edward, Brian, Lesley, Robert and Millie. Those contributing may also use the opportunity to reflect on the loss of the man who touched our lives in so many ways.

Ewan was a brilliant engineer who contributed enormously to the success of the Hawk aircraft that has been fundamental to the training of thousands of pilots worldwide. He was equally successful during spells working on the Typhoon and the US TX bid where I know his efforts were greatly appreciated.

Ewan was able to forge fantastic working relationships with everyone at all levels in our organisation. He was a great manager and a particularly skilful mentor who guided many young people into successful careers in the company.

Above all, Ewan was a flawless friend to everyone who knew him. For that, we will love him and remember him forever.

Owner :Robert Hayes
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Bob Hayes

I have worked with Ewan for almost 30 years and I have always had the utmost respect for his engineering ability. Over the years, he developed a breadth of knowledge way beyond what most people ever achieve. Ewan was generous with his knowledge and he used it wisely to develop other people and to …

Bob Hayes

Melanie Moxon

Professional, kind and considerate are words that I automatically think about when Ewan’s name is mentioned. A thoroughly decent chap who will be missed by us all for a long time to come. …

Bob Hayes

John Adamson

I have taken so long thinking about what to write here about my friend Ewan, sadly I know only too well how much special messages from friends mean to family, we have kept every message written about Leo and although nothing helps to make the pain go away, knowing how much friends loved Ewan …

Bob Hayes

Nathan Hobson

I met Ewan when we started at BAE back in 1990, we went through college together and that alone creates a sense of fraternity.  But the mark of a true friend is someone who’s there in a time of need, Ewan was exactly that to me providing real friendship and support through a difficult …

Bob Hayes

Richard Sabberton

Hi Ewan, I can’t believe it has been almost a year since you have been gone. You were a great friend and colleague, always had a smile and time to listen and chat. …

Bob Hayes

Paul King

I had the honour to know Ewan as a friend and on occasion have him as a boss. I cannot believe it has already been a year. You continue to be missed and the world is a sadder place for your absence. …

Paul King

Alexander John Metcalfe

Like many people I am sure, it is extremely difficult to put in words what Ewan meant to me as I don’t think anything I write here will do him Justice.  He was an amazing person who was taken from us far to soon.  I consider it a privilege to have worked with him …

Bob Hayes

Simon Conlon

I had the honour to work with Ewan for quite a few years on a number of projects and can honestly say I could not have asked for a better boss, colleague or friend. To sum him up, he was such a top bloke who loved his family 110%, his gadgets, lego and had …



Heaven gained an angel when you left us, taken too soon.  …

Bob Hayes

Dave Senior

Ewan was a Great Colleague, a Great Manager and, above all, a Great Mate. Having worked with and for Ewan across various roles it is obvious that his success at Brough (and abroad) was thoroughly deserved. He was also a proud family man, that was always evident. Support to his friends and colleagues was …

Bob Hayes

John Quigley

I will always remember spending an evening having a meal with Ewan an Italian restaurant in Lytham St. Annes whilst away on company business. We’d both been exiled to Warton to bring back much needed offload packages of work to supplement the dwindling Hawk engineering work at Brough. He was the life and soul …

Bob Hayes

Loyde Settle

I’ve worked closely with Ewan for a number of years both in the UK & USA. I can honestly say it was a blast! From the first trip to Farnbrough air show at the outset of the TX programme to our daily visits to the Starbuck’s coffee shop in El Segundo when we worked …

Bob Hayes

Chris Robinson

I first met Ewan at British Aerospace in the 1990s whilst we both studied for our degrees. Throughout the next few years, we became good friends, spending lots of social time together and making many great memories. I’ll never forget the time when Ewan introduced me to kebab pizza whilst on a night out …

Bob Hayes

Mark Heinzman

I first met Ewan in the early 90’s when we were both new to our roles. He was always upbeat and enthusiastic and remained so for all the time I worked with him. He was a real people person, very approachable and loved his music and gadgets which were always a good topic for …

Bob Hayes

John Bailey

It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since Ewan’s passing. After Covid 19, it will be good to get together with his friends over a beer and a curry and raise a glass in his memory to a well loved and respected friend and colleague, whose life was sadly cut short …

Bob Hayes

Jordan Hunter

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Ewan through 2015-2017. Though we mostly knew each other over the phone during his time in the US, his infectious and warming personality was apparent from the start. We did eventually get the opportunity to meet on a few occasions and I was glad to …

Bob Hayes

Neil Lockett

I first met Ewan on an Engineering Developing You course, not long after I joined the Company. What first struck me was his effortless ability to get on with people and set them at ease. This first impression was quickly followed up by an awareness of what a superb engineer he was. More than …

Bob Hayes

Jane and Richard Lenton

Ewan was just a great person, he was funny, thoughtful and always had time for everyone, whether it was for a friendly chat or offering help and advice.  Everyone who knew him became a friend.  I have many good memories of Ewan, his constantly stocked crisp drawer, his unnatural love of Tangfastics, his brilliant …

Bob Hayes

Andy Wellings

I met Ewan through a typical daily catch up at one of the favoured coffee vending machines scattered around Brough.  The coffee was terrible but the world would regularly be put to rights.  We worked on a few big jobs together, and was always impressed at Ewan’s technical competence, integration skills and an ability …

Bob Hayes

Pam Secker

I met Ewan through going over to work at the Brough site from Warton. Ewan always took the time to talk to me and definitely had the patience to explain the world of engineering to a commercial person ! During his visits to Warton Ewan always came to say hello and spoke about his …

Bob Hayes

Dave Jefferson

I was really saddened to hear the news. I have known and worked with Ewan for many years at Brough, he was an exceptional engineer, work colleague and an inspiration to all. Ewan always seemed to be in a good mood and everyone warmed to him, I’m sure it has been said many times …

Mark Chalmers

Ewan was a truely great friend that never had anything bad to say about anyone, and would alway listen and take me under his wing.  I so dearly miss our Friday night bike rides putting the worlds to rights.  He was a certainly a great colleague and beyond all a fantastic friend.  You are …

Bob Hayes


I worked with Ewan in the US. He is very intelligent and wanted the best for our program, but more than that…he was great to work with. We had some good laughs, especially to break the stress. I am not the funniest guy naturally, but I enjoyed the challenge of trying to make him …

Rachael Metcalfe

Ewan was a true gentleman and a genuinely nice guy.  I remember him at BAE as kind and respectful.  He always had time for a chat and a giggle and invariably had a smile on his face.     More recently, I was lucky enough to get to know Ewan socially, and my memories …

Bob Hayes

John Searle

Ewan was a pleasure to work with, a pleasure to travel with and had a brilliantly dry sense of humour. He will be missed. …

Bob Hayes

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