Barbara Joan (Nee Le Cornu) duJardin
Barbara Joan duJardin( nee Le Cornu) was born on March 5, 1933. She was born in Guernsey, Channel Islands . Her parents were John Thomas and Joan Le Cornu from Guernsey. She had 2 sisters and a brother who predeceased her.
She was married in 1957 to the late Percival James duJardin from Manchester, England.. She is survived by her loving son James and his wife, Elaine of Quincy, Ma. She is also survived by 3 step –children Ann Sylvestre, Robert duJardin and Gary duJardin and their many children and grandchildren who still reside in Guernsey. Through her many trips to Guernsey, Barbara remained beloved by this extended family.
When the Channel Islands were occupied by Germans in WWII, Barbara was among a group of Guernsey children sent to London for their safety. She spent the blitz being rushed to London underground stations during bombings. She was twice buried under rubble and had to be dug out by the civil brigade. Not surprisingly London was never her favorite city! She did however learn sewing and tailoring from the primary seamstress to the royal family. These skills served her family and her neighbors well, as she would make original Halloween costumes and christening gowns, wedding dresses for all who asked .
Sewing was not her only skill. Barbara was also a skilled hair stylist who owned and operated her own shop, Babs Coiffeurs in North Quincy for many years.
‘No matter how talented, rich or intelligent you are, how you treat animals tells me all I need to know about you .’ All you need to know about Barbara was that from ants to zebras, she never met a critter she couldn’t love and care for. Dogs and cats petitioned the courts to be adopted by her. She met her best friend, Jean, when she stepped in to nurse Jan’s dog Puto after his fight with a pit bull. She was a familiar figure at the local markets buying chicken and the occasional T-Bone steak on sale for her dog Fenway.
The family is eternally grateful to Debra Beaton who provided such compassionate care to Barbara in her final days, Barbara loved her dearly.
Barbara will never be forgotten by those of us who experienced her kindness and generosity. Her credentials as a mother and an advocate for all animals cannot be faulted.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours Wed 4-7p.m. in the Lydon Chapel for Funerals, 644 Hancock St. Quincy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to South Shore hospice or the Milton Animal Hospital.