A retired squash coach who taught a sporty teen tragically killed in the Canadian plane crash said he had “great potential”.
David Hall says he read about the seaplane disaster in a newspaper, but was “devastated” to be told it was the Hewitt family from MK yesterday.
Mr Hall, who had taught young Harry at Shenley Leisure Centre since he was seven, said the 14 year-old was a “fantastic lad” who was “sporty and bright”.
He said: “I am absolutely shocked.
“I do not have any children, but if there was somebody you would want as your son, then it would be Harry.
“And if you wanted good neighbours, it would have been his parents.
“Harry had great potential and would have had a good future playing squash.
“I know his school had great hopes for him as well.”
Harry, along with sister Felicity, and parents Richard and Fiona, died instantly during a 20-minute sightseeing trip on the last day of their holiday.
The seaplane crashed in the Les Bergeronnes area of Quebec province, killing the pilot and another passenger.
Mr Hall added: “There is not a nice way to find out about something like this. I was reading the papers just a couple of days before - I never for one second thought I would have known the family.
“I shudder to think what his grandparents are going through. How do you get over losing four members of your family all at once?
“Life can be very cruel.” Mr Hall says that he will be getting his squash players together to attend Harry’s funeral. “Wild horses couldn’t stop them from going”, he said.