Patrick Durand (1953 – 2014)

Patrick arrived at CERN in January 1994 on a temporary contract in the Finance Department (previously FI), where he worked on the packaging of items for the Meyrin self-service stores (located at the time in Building 113) so that goods could be identified using barcodes, just like in a supermarket.


His hard work and initiative were recognised by CERN’s service provider, ISS, who gave him a permanent contract.

Following the closure of the self-service stores, Patrick joined the Recuperation and Sales Service, still within the FI Department, where he worked on dismantling many different installations and the disposal of various goods. Here too he impressed his supervisors and departmental managers and became a team leader and, soon after, deputy to the Head of the Sales Service.

Patrick’s sociable nature led him to become a member of the CERN Pétanque Club, where he put his talents as a chef to good use by supplying and organising the post-competition meals.

He is survived by his partner Andréa, who helped and supported him to the end, as well as his son, his daughter and his three beloved grandchildren, who are all in our thoughts at this time.

Thank you Patrick.

His colleagues and friends