Paying tribute to the ‘grande dame’ of the battery industry ADVERTorial

2015-07-21 06:00
Bully de Ricquebourg, Happy Mbogazi, Greg de Ricquebourg and Jean de Ricquebourg.

Bully de Ricquebourg, Happy Mbogazi, Greg de Ricquebourg and Jean de Ricquebourg.

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A GREAT tribute was paid to the ‘grande dame’ of the battery industry at the Durban Country Club on the 9 July which was attended by all the Enertec staff, family and friends and some of Jeanand#039;s customers

Jean de Ricquebourg joined her son Greg in 1986 at the then Deltec Power Distributors and latterly at Enertec Batteries.

Jean came from a teaching background at which she spent most of her career at the Maidstone Primary School on the North Coast.

She endeared herself to pupils and parents alike often inviting the whole class to spend weekends on the farm where she resided. Her thoughtfulness and care for her pupils have ensured that she has lifelong connections with many of her pupils who still stay in touch with her to this day.

In addition Jean is a dedicated wife and mother, raising a family of four children and then still adopting another three in 1976 when they lost their parents - this is the stuff that legends are made from.

With all of these wonderful qualities, she started in the battery industry with Greg in 1986 and has earned legendary fame since then.

She would travel all the way from Westbrook on the North Coast to Trotter Road, Pinetown on a daily basis - a return trip of about 118km - until 2012 on a full time basis (26 years) and she is currently on a part time basis. Jean is now 84 years old.

Wow, one might say but, this is no ordinary lady. She quickly got into the swing of things getting her product knowledge to an extremely high level and interacting with customers at the highest level.

She would often run the business single-handedly while Greg was away on business or holiday.

Her meticulous manner, attention to detail and her friendly disposition quickly endeared her to all who came into contact with her.

Her positive outlook on life and her cheery greetings always left her customers and friends feeling upbeat and ready to face the world.

Greg says: and#034;If youand#039;re having a bad day, give Jean a call - she is sure to put your mind right and a smile on your face.and#034;

It is to this end therefore that the function was held last Thursday to pay homage not only to a loyal and devoted work colleague, but also to one who has inspired, encouraged and mentored most people who have come into contact with her.

As Greg mentioned in his thank you speech, and#034;Jean has not only been a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, colleague and friend, she has been our HERO in all departments.and#034;

We salute you Jean for a life of integrity, devotion, commitment and loyalty to all you have attempted in your lifelong quest. You are a LEGEND and a HERO to all that know you.

Our sincere congratulations to you on all you have achieved and continue to achieve in your remarkably full and successful life.

You have left an indelible mark on all who have had the pleasure to meet you and all of this with the utmost humility and grace.

You can truly be proud of all you have achieved and to the way you have dedicated your life to others, always putting their needs before your own.

Your personal sacrifices have not gone unnoticed and we commend you in the highest order. You are truly ONE OF A KIND and a shining example to all that know you - beyond compare. - Supplied

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