Jacque Collyer-Smith dies
The UK sailing community has lost a popular member and successful businesswoman following the death of Jacque Collyer-Smith.
Ms Collyer-Smith, known for boat repair, maintenance and restoration company Collyer Smith Marine and Country, spent more than 50 years in the UK maritime trade in addition to being a keen racing and later, cruising sailor.
Having joined the Essex-based Boat Centre, Brightlingsea, as a chandlery assistant in 1966, Ms Collyer-Smith saw the business bought by the Morgan family in 1972 and become LH Morgan & Sons, occupying a prominent position adjacent to the site of the former Brightlingsea Shipyard, James & Stone.
By now married to Peter Collyer-Smith and having progressed to clothing department manager, Ms Collyer-Smith’s business talents were spotted by Candor Motors’ Norman Norfolk, who hired her to set up and manage a new venture, Candor Marine.
Successfully launched, Candor Marine soon prospered and the chandlery business was moved from Ipswich Road to a larger site at Magdalen Street. During 1989-90 the chandlery business was sold by Candor Motors to the Collyer-Smith family, becoming Collyer Smith Marine and Country in the process. When Candor Motors was sold, the chandlery shop moved once more, this time to Brightlingsea.
Recognised for her award-winning charity work and work during her time as Lady Deputy of Brightlingsea, Ms Collyer-Smith was also a member of Wivenhoe and Brightlingsea Sailing Clubs and the Colne Yacht Club, with yacht Lady Outlaw well known around the Essex rivers.
She is survived by husband Peter, son Simon Collyer and daughter Ruth.
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