Obituary: Jean “John” Paul Bourgoin

john-bourgoinJean “John” Paul Bourgoin made his last flight west on September 14, 2016 at his home in Boca Grande. He was 94 and had been in failing health since a hospital stay in February.

He was born in Jouan Les Guerets, France, just west of Normandy, on September 28, 1921 to Ada and Colonel Andre Bourgoin of the French Army.

The family relocated to Fez, near Casablanca, Morocco, where Ada played the violin for the silent movie industry.

Jean Paul began flying at an early age and ran a flying school in Casablanca prior to World War II. Due to his father’s relationship with Brigadier General Bill Donovan he was assigned to Patton’s 7th Army as a pilot flying the P-40 and as General Patton’s interpreter as he spoke 5 languages including Arabic.

He remained with Patton in Algeria, Sicily, Italy and Germany. He met his wife of 66 years, Jane in Toulouse, France during WWII. She was a nurse, allegedly with the French underground, and a ambulance driver.

They married in early summer 1947 in Casablanca at Le Lido on the beach and drove in his light blue Buick to their honeymoon at La Manounia in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Jean Paul and Jane lived in Chicago, Latin America and South America. He was also a sales representative and demonstration/instructor pilot for French helicopters and eventually the Caravelle and the Concorde.

John and Jane were introduced to Boca Grande, FL by his aunt, Nathalie Pierpont Morgan of New York in the early 60’s. They purchased three lots and built a home in the late 60’s and spent as much time on the Island between assignments until full time residence following Jean’s retirement.

Jane predeceased John in April 2012. He is survived by a sister, Alice of Dijon, France, a brother, Richard of Normandy, France, a brother, Girard of Paris, France and two nieces, Isabella in San Francisco and Agnes in France.

Jean has been cremated and a service will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Church at a future date to be announced.