Jean Dieudonné - An Appreciation by Bill Taylor 

Jean with Annabel Taylor, and Huguette (on right)

Jean and Huguette with Bill at Brigadoon

Jean Dieudonne was a former president of the twinning committee in Villeneuve-sur-Lot. He died on Friday 9th July 2010.

Although not originally from Villeneuve-sur-Lot Jean Dieudonne cared passionately about the town's twinning with Troon. He became president during the 1990's and applied himself to the job with characteristic thoroughness and energy. During that time, he and his wife Huguette paid several visits to Scotland. They stayed with us on a number of occasions and he enlisted my help in arranging coach tours of the Scottish Highlands for two quite large groups of Villeneuvois who had never previously visited Scotland. His enthusiasm for our country and our customs was infectious and many of those who came on these trips continue to visit Scotland to this day.

Jean was also of great assistance to me in organising trips to Villeneuve for pupils of Marr College. He arranged for exhibitions of paintings by the pupils and also of performances in Villeneuve and the surrounding area by Marr College Brass Band. He arranged for the work of professional artists from Troon to appear in the town's Centre Culturel for the summer months of 1992, and then in 1995, he took great delight in welcoming about 35 members of Troon Pétanque Club to Villeneuve. He arranged a vigourous programme of outings, a civic reception, and matches with various clubs in Villeneuve itself as well as in the surrounding area.

Although his domestic regime ran with military precision, his sometimes gruff demeanour hid a heart of gold. Along with his wife Huguette, Jean was the most generous and genial of hosts. He believed passionately in the importance of bringing the people of our two countries together and he never spared himself in his efforts to support and nurture the links between our two towns.

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