This year's Jam Cruise was indeed a stellar one (cool new boat, kickass bands, good folks) though some sorrow did find its way into the trip - on the last night, we were notified that our great, good friend Andy Cole had died back home in New Orleans.
My Better Half, Frank, and I had met Andy and his lovely wife Lynne on our first-ever Jam Cruise in 2011 and their continuing friendship after they moved back here to NOLA from South Carolina was like the Jam Cruise gift that kept giving. They made it back on the ship last year and were hoping for more cruises in the years to come; we never dreamed that last year's would be Andy's final cruise.
I am posting this for fellow Jam Cruisers who know Andy and Lynne and would like to send condolences her way - we are having a memorial tomorrow to wish him safe travels over the Rainbow Bridge (and to cheer on his beloved Saints, as he would want). You can sign the online memorial book here: http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?n=jonathan-andrew-cole-andy&pid=168994262
and if so inspired, make a memorial donation in his name to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic (there's a link on the obit page).