In memory of Maurice Goyard, who I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with during my 2010 visit to Essoyes, France, I am sharing Janet Hulstrand’s interview with him on the occasion of his 95th birthday. Please take a minute to read about this man’s life.

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Maurice, notre bien aimé doyen du village, in 2011

The purpose of this post is to wish a happy ninety-sixth year of life to the wonderful doyen of our village on the occasion of his 95th birthday.

Our oldest citizen is thankfully in good health and good spirits. His cheerful, gentle smile brightens everyone’s day whenever they see him, as he makes the rounds of the village shopping for bread and groceries, always ready with a kind word, often with a mischievous quip and a twinkle in his eye.

A few years ago, he kindly took the time to share with me some reminiscences of his long life. Apart from time spent in Paris in his youth for professional training as a coiffeur, and a few months in the South of France at the time of the invasion of France in 1940,  Maurice Goyard has been right here in…

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