Chef Jacques Pépin announced this past weekend that his wife Gloria had died at age 83. The couple had been married for 54 years.
In a post on Jacques’s Facebook page, the family confirmed that she “passed peacefully in her own bed in Madison, CT, with Jacques, her daughter Claudine, her son-in-law Rollie, her granddaughter Shorey, close friends Tom Hopkins and Reza Yavari, and her beloved pup Gaston, by her side.”
The post paid a beautiful tribute to Gloria, calling her “a strong, resilient, ‘spill-no-tears’ woman” and recounting her life, including how she met her husband Jacques. They called their meeting “infamous,” saying that despite being a skilled skier, she signed up for lessons he was teaching at Hunter Mountain in New York because she thought he was so handsome.
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They continued by highlighting her love of the French sport Pétanques, her own talents in the kitchen, especially in cooking Puerto Rican and Cuban food, and her love of animals. The whole post features her remarkable life and is absolutely worth reading in full. The post went on to say that in “lieu of flowers, Gloria wished condolence gifts should be made to the food insecurity or animal welfare charity of your choice.”
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