Remembering Evelyn Joan Lesley Hustwit (nee Fulton)


Remembering Evelyn Joan Lesley Hustwit (nee Fulton)

Evelyn Hustwit died suddenly on August 13, 2022, at the Ottawa General Hospital.

Evelyn was born on 1 December 1936, the eldest daughter of John and Lesley Fulton. She was educated at Wakefield Girls High School and Anstey College in England. She married Peter Hustwit on 19 August 1960, and they had two daughters, Kay and Lynne. She worked as a physical education teacher before emigrating with her family to Canada in 1966. Since that time, she lived in Ottawa where she was a well-respected tennis coach.

Evelyn was a top-class tennis player from an early age, eventually playing internationally for many years. She was a three-time North of England Junior Champion. She played in the Championships at Wimbledon in 1957,1958 and 1961. Evelyn won many times in the local National Capital Tennis Association Championships -- singles champion five times, ladies doubles champion 13 times and mixed doubles seven times. After reaching 'senior' status she added a further 39 NCTA titles. She was the Canadian Seniors Champion on several occasions in doubles and singles in age categories from Over 40 to Over 80. Evelyn played for Canada in the International Tennis Federation Seniors and Super-Seniors Championships from 1985 to 2018. Her Canadian team reached the final on four occasions - each time losing narrowly to the USA. She was twice a semifinalist in the World Seniors Individual Championships, and her highest world rankings were 5th in Mixed Doubles and 8th in over 80 Singles. She also won the Over 80 European Seniors Championship in Austria in 2016. On one occasion she was the over 40 Canadian Squash champion and was a member of the Canadian Squash team at the World Championships in Australia in 1976.

Evelyn was a most kind, warmhearted and generous person, with not a harsh word for anyone. She was well-known for her integrity, her energetic and ever optimistic character, and her ability to nurture her family and friends. Evelyn was respected and loved by her numerous friends around the world. She was a stalwart member of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE), an excellent bridge player and she loved travelling the world, whether to compete for Canada, or to vacation with her beloved Peter.

Evelyn will be terribly missed by her family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, sister Kay and daughter Kay. She is survived by Peter, her husband of 62 years, daughter Lynne, sister Joyce, brothers Sandy and David, brothers-in-law Roger and Robert, sister-in-law Christine and son-in law Kevin. Evelyn was a proud and devoted grandmother to Dillon and Zeke.

A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at a later date.

Evelyn would have wished for any donations to be made to the Laurentian Chapter of IODE, e-transfers may be sent to, or a charity of your choice.

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