Honoring Noel duPont At Sconset Square Stroll

In 1955, Francois duPont opened a jewelry store. Twenty years later, he took it to Main Street.

In 1980, Francois’ son Noel took over the business. It was one of Westport’s go-to places for beautiful items, handsome watches, and of course that quick replacement watch strap or battery.

Noel duPont

A few years ago, Noel moved around the corner to Sconset Square. “He lit up the square with his smile, and his weekly visits to each shop to check in,” says neighbor Tracey Heinemann. He was a constant and beloved presence — always accompanied by his Yorkie-poo Ollie.

Two weeks ago, Noel duPont died suddenly at home. He was 59 years old.

The Staples High School graduate had attended Berklee College of Music. A gifted drummer, he was passionate about the music of his idol, Frank Zappa. He also loved skiing, swimming and hiking in Maine.

He leaves behind his wife of 20 years, Julia, and sons Maxwell and Lucas.

A celebration of Noel’s life is set for Saturday, January 5 (Tavern on Main, 1 to 4 p.m.).

As is sometimes the case, a business cannot survive the death of its owner. Julia is liquidating Francois duPont Jewelers. This weekend and next, all jewelry is 50% off.

It’s a bittersweet time for Noel’s fellow merchants in Sconset Square. They’re busy preparing for next Thursday’s Holiday Stroll. From 5 to 8 p.m. on December 6, the popular shopping center on Myrtle Avenue — nestled between the Post Road, Christ & Holy Trinity and Church Lane — will be filled with holiday singers. The Little Red Waffle Truck will sell food. There are prizes too.

Each store has something special. Swoon offers festive English treats, and shows off seasonal floral deocrations. Bungalow serves aperitifs, along with tarot card readings. Bespoke Designs features champagne and savory snacks. Kerry Rosenthal has festive nibbles and toddies. Roots Salon gives discounts on artwork, and a chance to win a free service.

At Le Penguin there’s happy hour prices, complimentary bar bites, and singer Antoine Blech.

Francois duPont Jewelers, in Sconset Square.

Of course, Francois duPont Jewelers will be open too — for one of its last days.

Amid all the merriment, his many friends will be thinking of the popular, ever-smiling, aptly named Noel duPont.

9 responses to “Honoring Noel duPont At Sconset Square Stroll

  1. Jill Turner Odice

    Noel was such a special guy. He and my late husband Louis Odice were good friends back in the day. He always had a smile for everyone. It made me sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family.

  2. He was a great guy it will be a big loss to westport the loss off a great guys and a great store Noel will be missed

  3. Priscilla Hawk

    I will greatly miss this always pleasant and helpful, Noel. Fewer and fewer locals these days, that we could always count on to help out with a need. Very sad. Priscilla Hawk

  4. Dan- Thank you for this post. Noel was truly one of the good guys. I enjoyed chatting with him about Westport, how it has evolved over the years. Noel always made time for others, and deeply cared about our town and our residents. He was a friend to everyone and will be greatly missed.

  5. Mary Papageorge

    Such a sad loss! He was a great guy, always stopped by to chit chat. We would talk about the kids, my grandchildren and his dad and my late husband (Lee). He will be missed and I will surely miss our talks!

  6. This is truly a loss for downtown, and anyone who had the opportunity to know Noel. We knew each other briefly, but he was warm, funny and kind. He will be missed by our community.

  7. Audrey Hertzel

    I’m so, so sad about this for Westport has lost another great one. Whether you bought the most expensive item in his shop or not, he treated everyone equal. I recently lost my boss, Bill Selden, whom I worked for 28 years and wanted to buy something special to remember him by. Noel was so kind and empathetic to me for my loss and helped me choose the most perfect piece of jewelry to remember Bill. RIP sweet Noel — I’m sure you have met Bill on the other side as you are both very kind, special people (and animals lovers too!).

  8. Marsha Temlock

    Noel was a dear friend and neighbor. He was kind, generous and helpful. Love to his family. His absence will be a presence.

  9. Noel was a good friend to me. He loved talking about his trips to see Dweezil perform. His love for all things Zappa. His trips to Jewelry Conventions. His Family. I will miss him.