Bayeux: Collet Assurance, 100 Years of Family History

In front of the window, Bertland Collet traces the life of his insurance company's ancestors for over a century.
In front of the window, Bertland Collet traces the life of his insurance company’s ancestors for over a century. © Renaissance

Bertland Colette has a showcase in his office that traces the history of his family, and it’s commendable that he likes to talk about it. There are unique items such as one of the first friendly discoveries, a certificate of honor, a photo of all the collets who worked for the company … it’s 100 years of family history.

“Grandma Cocotte”

It all started with “Grandma Cocotte”, an ancestor with an extraordinary temperament, as Bertland Colette likes to call. In 1916, she took her husband, Albert, then Secretary of the City Hall of Bayeux, on her adventure, and in 1925, with her son Pierre, leaving the bank where she worked in Saint-Loe. Forced to work. She. His wife Elene joins him. At that time, we were parental authority and did not do the little things!

In 1956, his son Eve, almost reluctantly, named his cabinet pediment, “I wanted to be a sailor, but I couldn’t because I was injured by the keel in my eyes.”

To make up for this, Eve will collaborate a lot with the maritime world and develop the company in this area. And on May 5, 1987, his son, Bertland Colette, who was destined for the bar, picked up the torch. The 4th generation of Colette Belay is underway and it’s not trivial, it must be acknowledged! However, Bertland performs a shift from his foresight as “Grandma’s Cocotte” and chooses to mediate.

I have an independent personality and look like Margaret! I negotiate the best price for the best guarantee.

Bertland Collet

The end of the dynasty

After more than a century of contract, Bertland claimed the right to retire at the end of the year. He will be the last guarantor of the Colette dynasty. His son Nicholas, he never takes over, he realized the dream of his grandfather Eve. He is a merchant Navy officer and his daughter Elene is a pediatrician.

The ancestors of a friendly report issued by an insurance company in 1958
The ancestor of a friendly report published by an insurance company in 1958. © La Renaissance

The pages of the family ledger have been turned over, but when Bertland Collet retires, much more awaits. A Bayeux city council member, community councilor, and first vice president of Celoc, he is passionate about cars as beautiful as Margaret and loves to play golf.

Medal of Honor of Sylvie Hardel

Sylvie Hardel wanted a minimalist ritual to receive the Medal of Honor for work, the level of silver, proving her 20 years of service. Patrick Gomon, Mayor of Bayeux, presented him with this distinction of honor.
As Bertland Colette says, Sylvie Hardel was “stuck” in the Bayeux Cabinet on July 2, 2001. With a solid experience of her insurance, she was quickly integrated into the team and “became an essential cog” of the structure through hard work. Bertland Colette describes his collaborators as follows:
She knows her customers from the bottom of her heart. I am completely confident in her.
Bernard Collet

Being important to Colette, enjoy life, stay in touch, and above all, continue to be useful and useful to others. “We know policyholders in family life and intimacy. It can be forgotten, not because we return the keys at the end of the year. »»

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