Community mourns the loss of ‘bubbly character’

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‘Bubbly and energetic’ is how family and friends will remember Janet César who died suddenly at her home in Towcester last week.

She was discovered last Tuesday by her sister Linda McMaster, who had been alerted by Ms César’s partner Ian Macdonald. Mr Macdonald had become concerned for Ms César after he had been unable to contact her following a weekend away.

Ms César was 52 and leaves a 19-year-old daughter Rukaya, who was away studying at Goldsmiths College in London, as well her partner Mr Macdonald.

Her father, David Thorne, of Towcester, paid tribute to his daughter. He said: “She was a very energetic and very nice person and we cannot believe she is gone.”

Ms César was well-known in the classic car community having been secretary of Silverstone Racing Club for seven years, from 2005 to 2012, and then going on to work at classic car insurance company Hagerty International, based in Pury Hill Business Park. She also worked as a driving instructor in her spare time.

Mr Thorne added: “It was people that she really wanted to meet. She was never happy unless she was talking to someone new and finding out about their life.”

Hagerty’s managing director and personal friend Angus Forsyth said: “Janet was probably one of the most vivacious, sincere, professional and above all bubbly characters that we have ever had the pleasure to work with. We are a small company and to lose such a valuable member of the team will leave a hole that we will struggle to fill.”

Ms César was also a well-known member of the racing club. Club steward Peter Coney, said: “Rarely have those of us who came into contact with her met anyone as committed with such a huge personality and generous, caring nature who lived a full life in her own way. She always found time to listen and usually made those around her laugh. Janet will be sadly missed by so many people, but has left us all with very fond memories.”

Ms César, who was born in Aldershot, had lived in Towcester for the past 15 years and moved to the town after her parents retired there. She also leaves her mother Joan Thorne, and brothers Ian and Stuart Thorne.

A coronor’s investigation into the circumstances of Ms César’s death is under way.