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Joined Mar 2006
I've been asked by the DH of Agnes, known to us as "Salacia", to let the Cunard board know that his wife died unexpectedly in the early hours of Thursday, September 7.

He said "She loved sailing on the QM2... and she greatly enjoyed the camaraderie of the message board, especially the spirited debates".

Her Cunard Platinum Pin was placed in her casket by her family.

He went on to say "She was diagnosed with cancer in March 2015, and with great courage and determination underwent chemotherapy, radical surgery and radiation over the balance of that year. Her recovery was very slow, and only last April, with a new oncologist and a better anti-cancer drug, did she start to feel significant improvement".

He also said "She told me long ago that she wanted only three things from death: that it be quick, that she be buried in her family plot in Brooklyn, and that everyone have a good time at her wake, funeral and luncheon. She got all three".

Today, 19th Sept, would have been their 36th Wedding Anniversary.

I had the honour and pleasure of meeting Agnes in the Commodore Club on board Queen Mary 2 in November 2016 a day after leaving New York. We had corresponded for a few years previously, but it was coincidence that we found we had booked the same Caribbean cruise.

Meeting Agnes was a real, genuine pleasure. She was elegant, gracious, witty, wise, intelligent, great in conversation; listening intently and then responding with exactly the right comment. I had sincerely hoped that our paths would cross again one day soon on board a Cunard ship. It is not to be.

A member of the family described her thus: "She was beautiful. She was smart. She was funny. And she was tough!"

Salacia, Agnes, R.I.P.
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I'm so sorry to hear this, her contributions will be greatly missed.
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So sad. Like a lot of people on this forum, she gave sound advice. I wish I had had the opportunity to meet her to say 'thank you' in person.

Condolences to the family.
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It is shocking and sad to learn this news. Her postings never gave any hint of the battle she had ongoing. While I never met her in person her personality and class always shone in her posts. Her presence here will be missed. May she rest in peace.
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I'll always remember Salacia as one of the more spirited debaters. May she rest in peace.
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How said. Thanks for letting us know, pepperrn. I never met Salacia although we have had quite a few conversations on this forum over the years, especially some lively discussions concerning Cunard deck plans. She will certainly be missed here.
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Joined Dec 2011
Very Sad to hear. Condolences to all.
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Joined Feb 2008
Salacia struck me as a woman who knew her own mind, and one who always was willing to provide valuable information on this site. She clearly was intelligent, based on her posts, and generous with her time and her thoughts. I had no idea she was experiencing a serious illness. Wouldn't have guessed that from her posts. She will be missed on this forum, that's certain. Best wishes to her family.
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Very sad to hear this. I always enjoyed reading her posts and know she will be missed on CC. Condolences to her family.
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So very sad to hear the news. Salacia was not only a QM2 fan but a tremendous Brooklyn advocate as well. I used much of her advice on my recent pre-crossing day in Brooklyn. Condolences to her family.

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Joined Mar 2013
Very sad news. I hope DH gets to read this thread and will know how much she was respected on this forum. Salacia was guaranteed to come up with the answer to any query regarding QM2. She will be missed by us.
Condolences to her family and friends.
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I enjoyed reading her contributions. Very eloquent.
Sincere condolences.
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San Francisco, CA
1,209 Posts
Joined Nov 2002
Sad news. I always looked forward to her posts. (Even when she was correcting me about something in NY, and about which I would always defer to her knowledge and experience.) My deepest condolences to her family and friends. And happy to hear that she got her wish.

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Joined Apr 2005
Originally posted by Trevor Fountain
I enjoyed reading her contributions. Very eloquent.
Sincere condolences.

Hear Hear... i know she locked horns occasionally on here but she was respected for it.

fair winds and following seas Salacia.

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3,640 Posts
Joined Aug 2002
Very sad news. I always made it a point to read Salacia's posts because there would be, either some informative information, or something lively.

Goodbye, Salacia R.I.P.

Thank you Pepper, for posting.
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Joined Apr 2011
Thank you for posting.

It is always sad when a great contributor to the forum passes. Salacia had great knowledge of all things Cunard.

Thoughts are with those left behind but memories that will always be treasured.
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Joined Feb 2011
This is sad news indeed. Salacia was a wise and witty contributor to this forum whose encouragement helped me make up my mind to make my first transatlantic crossing. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by us all. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. And may her voyage take her to a brighter shore.

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Wow this news hits hard. I never met her or spoke with her but she is a main reason we are sailing QM2 next May.

Her posts made me fall in love with this idea.

I will toast to her in the Commodores onboard.

May she Rest In Peace.