Dr. Jean Daniel (JD) Pointet, 79, left this earthly plane on April 19, 2021 after a short battle with cancer at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. He was of Protestant faith, baptized in an Anglican Chapel in Wengen, Switzerland. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, step father and a friend to many who knew him. He was the life of the party and many a tale was told and wine imbibed. He loved life to the fullest and that included his family, friends, colleagues and individuals of many cultures. He was bigger than life and he leaves a big hole in our universe. Intelligent, beyond measure, a true trove of knowledge and entertainment. He travelled the world over as an International Attorney, as trained in the "Old Country" (Switzerland) and as a Real Estate Broker in Naples, Florida when he immigrated to the United States in the early 1990’s. He was a dual citizen and loved both Switzerland and the United States equally. He spoke four languages (English, French, German and Spanish), but needed help with Southern. He loved the sports of soccer, hockey, skiing and tennis of which his children and grandchildren enjoy today.
JD was born on February 10, in the winter of 1942, a cold hard time in the middle of World War II in Zurich. Neutral Switzerland was encircled by countries under Nazi control. His father, Pierre Jean, who was from the French speaking part of Switzerland, spent many months guarding the frontiers while his mother from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, Rosa Buehlmann from a hotel-owning family in Wengen which is now a popular ski resort remained in the home. JD was the oldest of three boys born to their union.
Later JD would have two sisters born of the second marriage to his father and Marianne who he lovingly referred to as his ‘other mother’. JD spent his entire childhood in Zurich but was sent to study law at University of Neuchatel, where he received his Doctorate of Law. During his studies he met and married Vivian, the mother of his three children. They moved to Argentina where JD not only learned more languages but got a taste in legal systems of other Countries. He spent several decades practicing International Law for companies such as Swissair and the Swiss Hotel Association. JD attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Swiss Army, Artillery Division and served Switzerland proudly.
After immigration to the United States with his wife, Heidi, JD became a Real Estate Broker in Naples, Florida and maintained a vacation home at Fontana Lake Estates in Bryson City, N.C. After Heidi’s passing in 2011, JD remained in N.C. where he later met Jonni Cecilia Medford. They married in June of 2015 and he lived out his remaining days being a loving husband to her and a step father to her son, Casey Medford Holscher in Bryson City, N.C. and Weaverville, N.C. He spent several years representing abused and neglected children of Western North Carolina as a Guardian ad Litem with his wife.
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