A 34-YEAR-OLD woman who played an instrumental role at Bury St Edmunds’ arc shopping centre has died in a horrific car crash.
Jane Forster, of Raedwald Drive, Bury, suffered fatal injuries after her car collided with a barrier on the A14 last weekend.
Her family have described her as the ‘smiliest person in the world, whose charm and honesty made everyone she knew feel loved’.
The former County Upper School pupil was involved with the arc from its inception – working on the project before it was built and later landed the post of centre administrator.
A popular figure in the town, Miss Forster studied at Cambridge University and started her career at Cablenet Training, where she performed admin tasks and organised employment skills courses for former service personnel.
She later worked for Taylor Woodrow, which built the arc and then took on the administrator role. At the centre, she met her partner Nigel Dunkerley who fitted out some shops.
The couple were travelling to Birming–ham on Saturday and had reached the westbound carriageway of the A14 in Brampton when tragedy struck.
Mr Dunkerley, 52, who survived the accident and was treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, said: “She was the smiliest person in the world. People would come to her because she was approachable and would speak to them on their level. She hated it if anyone put anybody else down.”
Her sister Tanya, 36, said: “Everyone knew her for her smile. She was so charming, made everyone feel loved and would do anything for anyone. She loved spending time with friends and liked music and dancing so we used to go clubbing in London.”
Mum Penny Hodgskins, 62, said: “She was a social person and had the gift of the gab. She also loved cats.”
Dad Peter, 72, added: “She was very popular and a lovely daughter.”
Paul Haynes, centre manager at the arc, said: “She was a fantastic, warm and friendly girl. She was so proud of the town and the arc. The team and tenants are devastated at her loss and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”
Miss Forster’s funeral will be held at West Suffolk Crematorium on November 1 at 2.15pm. All are welcome.