Emile Bouchard, 75, who was a cook and driver for prominent Washington residents and for the French Embassy here until his retirement in 1970, died Monday at his Washington home after a heart attack.
Mr. Bouchard was born in Pointe-au-Pic, Quebec. After his marriage in 1927, he came to Washington where he and his wife, who were popularly known as "Bea and Emile," began working for a series of wealthy and well known Washingtonians, including Dwight F. Davis, secretary of war under Calvin Coolidge; Cissy Patterson, publisher and editor of the old Washington Times-Herald, and Catherine Filene Shouse, patron and director of the Wolf Trap Farm for the Performing arts.
The couple subsequently joined the staff of the French Embassy here where Mr. Bouchard alternately worked as a cook and driver and had served as a bodyguard and driver during the last visit to this country by French President Charles deGaulle in 1969. Mr. Bouchard received a citation from Gen. de Gaulle for his services at that time.
Following his retirement, Mr. Bouchard and his wife served as caretakers for the Vanderbilt estate on Massachusetts Avenue NW.
Mr. Bouchard attended Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington.
In addition to his wife, of the home, he is survived by a son, Joseph E., of Springfield; a sister, Blanche Dollaire, of Pointe-au-Pic; a brother, Joseph E., of Quebec City, Quebec, and four grandchildren.