Obituary: Trefor Haydn Evans
The British Aggregates Association pays tribute following the loss of a friend and colleague
THE British Aggregates Association (BAA) regrets to inform friends and colleagues in the industry of the sad loss of Trefor (Tref) Evans who passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Saturday 25 April following a bravely fought battle with cancer which was diagnosed last November. Trefor was born and bred in Rugby and after leaving Lawrence Sheriff School spent all his working life in the quarry and minerals industry. He started with RMC in 1983, and after several years in commercial and management roles with Steetley, RMC and Redland, he launched his own merchanting operation in 1991. Trefor then started his own quarries from greenfield sites, obtaining all the necessary planning permissions, and also his own consultancy business. He had close links with the Institute of Quarrying and was the youngest member to receive a fellowship. For many years he was also chairman of the Midlands branch.
Trefor first joined the BAA in 2000 as a full operating member with his company Mirfield Sand and Gravel, based in South Yorkshire. He was a very active member and sat on the BAA executive for some years as well as representing the Association on the West Midland Regional Aggregate Working Party. Later he became an associate member with several of his companies supplying services to the quarry industry. In the summer of 2016 Trefor was invited to join the BAA team to strengthen its structure and prepare the Association for the future. He soon became a popular addition, making a significant contribution and forging strong links with members, industry bodies and parliamentarians. He also built up the number of exhibitors at the BAA’s increasingly well-attended annual meetings. An avid ‘petrolhead’, Trefor also enjoyed family holidays around Europe and spent time at his caravan in North Yorkshire – and always remained a firm fan of good beer! Trefor packed a lot into his 53 years and will be very much missed by us all. The BAA’s thoughts are very much with his wife Amanda and their four children and three grandchildren, and his parents and brother, at this sad time. Due to the current restrictions, there will be a private cremation at Rainsbrook Crematorium, in Rugby, on Thursday 7 May. The family are looking to hold a more fitting celebration of his life at a later date.