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de KERVOR, JACQUES EDOUARD August 13, 1928 to June 24, 2010 Born in Vichy, France. Jacques was 11 years old when the Germans invaded France. He fought in the French Resistance during World War II. He immigrated in 1948 and served in the American Army Reserve for seven years. While in America, he continued to spend time in his beloved France where he always hoped to reside. Jacques was an inventor, artist, an owner of a French restaurant in Newport Beach, a fashion designer, photographer, and predominately, an industrial designer and developer. He worked tirelessly at designing models and prototypes for new products or redesigning and improving existing products. In the last few weeks of his life, he was working on a new sink faucet design for Delta, combat protective eye wear for the U.S. Military, and, while himself a hospice patient, he worked on developing hospice equipment for improving patient comfort. Jacques had many accomplishments. He designed one of the first single handle faucets used by Delta, marine equipment for Jacques Cousteau, a Jet diving fin for Voit, farm equipment for John Deere, models for Disney land, office equipment, televisions, and toys, including a walking talking robot. Apart from his freelance work, Jacques worked for Carolina Industries designing decoy tanks and airplanes for the armed forces and other military equipment, worked for C.B.S. toys designing toys, and worked for Ford designing one of the original Thunderbirds. Jacques split much of his time between an artist studio in New York and France. Later, he lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, and two years ago he moved to San Diego. Jacques was a proud member of the La Mesa Rotary Club. He is survived by his children, Jacques, Jean Paul, Marc, and Diane de Kervor, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many friends in France, Mexico, and the United States. A Celebration of Jacques' Life will be held on August 8, 2010, at 9:45 a.m. at St. John's Garabed Armenian Church, 4473 30th St., San Diego, California.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 6, 2010
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