Joan Hocquard Biography Joan Hocquard Wiki
Joan Hocquard, born in 1908 to Edward VII, died yesterday at her home in Poole, Dorset
Joan drove ambulances in London during World War II.
After the war, she and her husband Gilbert moved to the south coast.
The couple traveled across Europe in a caravan and took a pleasure boat holiday until Gilbert’s death in 1981.
A few years later Joan met widower Kenneth Bedford, who was 20 years younger than the Bournemouth Gramophone Society and had lived with Poole ever since.
Joan has never had any children and her family said she “always tries to live her life to the fullest”.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) October 25, 2020
Grandson Paul Reynolds said:
“Joan came from a fairly wealthy family, her mother’s father ran a law firm in the City of London and she was born in a large house in Holland Park.
“His father was in colonial service, so he divided his childhood between living in Kenya and his grandmother in Lymington (Hants).
“She worked as a cook in a French hotel for nine years and drove ambulances in London during World War II before marrying Gilbert and moving to the south coast.
“He had no children, but he loved traveling around Europe in a camper.
“After Gilbert’s death, he met Kenneth and they lived with Poole.
“He had a fantastic concert and died peacefully at his home, that’s all you could ask for.
“She was a strong-willed character and loved to tell stories about how bad she was when she was a student.
“He was also a very hospitable and loyal person.
“She had an independent spirit and it was typical of her to turn down a card from the Queen for her 100th birthday because she didn’t want people to know how old she was.
“He always tried to live his life to the fullest.
“He loved to eat butter and cream and didn’t believe in the diet.
“There is no secret to his long life. I guess he had good genes.”
The oldest surviving British person was Charlotte Hughes, who died in 1993 at the age of 115.