It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that Lady-Jacqueline Maude Aster, known to many of us as Jacqui, passed away quietly on 7th January.
Jacqui was a pillar of the K&A boating community for many years, being one of the first liveaboard boaters to successfully negotiate ‘reasonable adjustments’ from CRT under the Equality Act on the grounds of disability, as the result of becoming ill with cancer. Jacqui will be remembered for her friendly and generous nature, for baking delicious cakes, for her colourful clothes and sense of style, and for her historic narrowboat Aster which she lived on until 2017.
Aster is a 72′ wooden motor boat built by Fellows Morton & Clayton in 1932 and later used by the Salvation Army as a floating classroom.
In 2014 Jacqui successfully did a sponsored hitch-hike by boat along the K&A to raise funds for Dorothy House Hospice. Dorothy House had supported her over many years and it was there that she spent her final days. We will miss her.