Tributes as brother and sister killed in Canadian seaplane crash

Flowers were placed outside the Hewitt family home in Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes
Flowers were placed outside the Hewitt family home in Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes

A brother and sister who attended Aylesbury schools have been confirmed dead in the Canadian seaplane crash which killed their entire family.

Harry, 14 and Felicity Hewitt, 17 attended Aylesbury Grammar School and Aylesbury High School respectively.

Hewitt family home in Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes

Hewitt family home in Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes

Harry was just about to start year 10, and Felicity had just received her AS level results.

The siblings, together with their parents Richard Hewitt, 50 and Fiona Hewitt, 52 died instantly when the seaplane they were sight seeing from on the last day of their holiday crashed into a mountain side in the Les Bergeronnes area of Quebec province.

The pilot and another passenger were also killed.

A joint statement from Aylesbury Grammar School and Aylesbury High School, read: “It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the loss of the Hewitt family in the air crash on Sunday 23 August in Quebec province Canada.

“Harry Hewitt was moving into year 10 at Aylesbury Grammar School and Felicity Hewitt was due to start year 13 at Aylesbury High School.

“Both school communities are devastated by this loss.

“Harry was a quiet, humble and unassuming young man who excelled academically, he was a talented squash player and made a hugely positive contribution to the life of the school. He was due to start his GCSE courses in September and had a very bright future ahead of him.

“Felicity was a happy member of the school community. She had just completed her first year in the sixth form at Aylesbury High School, and had just gained an excellent set of AS results.

“Her contribution to the wider school was valued by all who knew her. She had an infectious smile and was well liked and respected by all who came into contact with her.

“Both will be missed by everyone within the two schools and the wider community.”

Headmaster of Aylesbury Grammar School Mark Sturgeon said: “We are all deeply saddened by this tragic news. To lose a young family in such circumstances is devastating for all who knew them.

“The two school communities are coming to terms with this terrible loss. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Hewitts.”