Marquis Jean-Louis de Ganay passed away on 13 April 2013, aged 91.
He was born on 6 February 1922, son of Marquis Hubert de Ganay and of his wife, née Maria Bemberg.
He was married since 1946 to Philippine de Noailles, daughter of the 7th Duke of Mouchy and 7th Prince and Duke of Poix and of his wife, née Marie de La Rochefoucauld. Jean-Louis and Philippine became parents of four daughters, one of whom predeceased her parents.
Jean-Louis de Ganay - Telegraph
extracts from the Telegraph obituary
[Marquis] Jean-Louis de Ganay, who has died aged 91, was an aristocratic agent of the Special Operations Executive in France before and after D-Day, narrowly avoiding arrest to blow up a railway line and a canal lock transporting vital supplies to German forces.
He returned to Paris in March 1946, and married shortly afterwards, dedicating the rest of his life to restoring and modernising the family estates and the chateau at Courances. He inherited the chateau on the death of his father in 1974 and, with his brothers, farmed and revived the hunting. During his time there he hosted several members of the British Royal Family, including Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Prince Charles.
Active in local politics, Jean-Louis de Ganay was mayor of Courances for more than 50 years. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for his work with SOE. .