Perry Guidry said Gary Robichaux was not only his big brother but also his hero. The two had a close bond, and Robichaux and his friends always let Guidry hang out with them. They were altar boys together, and Robichaux was Guidry's sponsor for Confirmation.
They both joined the Marines and Air Force Reserves, and they went to Germany and Denmark together. When Guidry became Lockport Police Chief, Robichaux was his first hire.
"Anytime anything went on in my life, I called him to get advice," he said. "I have never known anyone that didn't like him or had cross words for him. When you're in the police, it's hard to find a guy that's that well-liked and respected. Even the people he arrested liked him," Guidry said.
Robichaux died February 21 at age 60. He worked for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office for 11-1/2 years and as a Lockport Police officer for 28, serving as police chief from 1997 to 2004.
He served in the Marine Corps from 1974-80 and Air Force from 1981 to 2002.
Guidry said Robichaux was professional, sharp and to the point. He didn't say much, but if you wanted an honest answer, you asked Robichaux.
"He wasn't the type of guy that would sugar-coat something," Guidry said. "If he had to tell you something, he would just tell you."
Darlene Robichaux said she and her husband worked well as a team.
"When he came home from the military, he said, 'You know my least worry was you because you're strong,'" she recalled. "I said, 'My strength is you.' He was my everything."
She said what happened in the military or at the police station stayed there, as her husband never took his job home.
"People would call me on the phone and say, 'What's happening at such-and-such?' I'd say, 'I have no idea,'" she said. "He didn't like the gossip part of it. We never had a police scanner in my home. He said that wasn't for me to worry about, that was for him to worry about. And I was grateful for that."
She said Robichaux treated their daughter like a queen. They gardened together and, each Halloween, carved pumpkins.
The family enjoyed camping at Grand Isle and Jellystone Park, and they'd even take their RV to Disney World. Fort Wilderness was one of Gary Robichaux's favorite places to stay, and he also loved roller coasters.
"When he laughed, he laughed from deep inside," she said. "He had a really dry sense of humor, but he had that smile that you can't forget. He didn't smile much because that wasn't who he was. He loved a good movie, though. 'Smokey and the Bandit' was his favorite," Darlene said.
She said they watched the film a few weeks ago, and he laughed at all the same parts.
Warren Vedros worked for Robichaux and succeeded him as police chief. He said the two were childhood friends and used to camp out in their backyards.
"He backed me 100 percent and always was the guy to say, 'Good job,'" Vedros said. "He used to go out of his way to help people. ... It was his belief in me that got me where I am today. I'm grateful for him."
Vedros said Robichaux was a great man who loved his country and community.
"Do your job, and do it professionally" is what Vedros said Robichaux taught him. "Nothing could happen to you as long as you did it professionally. People are always going to find something to complain about ... but, he said, the most important thing is be professional and do what's right."
-- Staff Writer Bridget Mire can be reached at 448-7639 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @bridget_mire.
Posted on Fri, March 3, 2017
by By Bridget Mire Daily Comet Staff Writer