A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 13, at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cut Off for Roman Antoine Guidry, 89, born May 26, 1926, a native and resident of Cut Off, who died at 9:35 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2016.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Falgout Funeral Home in Galliano on Friday, February 12, and from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday. Burial will be held in the church cemetery.
Roman is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mabel Autin Guidry; son, Chris (Debra) Guidry; daughters, Donna (Richard) LeBlanc, Mary Breaux, Jenny (Barry) Halbert, and Carol (Ron) Miller; 10 grandchildren; 1 step-grandchild; 5 great grandchildren; and 3 step-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis and Julie Guidry, and two brothers, Joseph and Roosevelt “Shorty” Guidry.
Roman graduated from Cut Off High School in 1943, then went on to serve in the Army Air Force as a belly gunner in a B-17 for 2 years.
He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion for over 60 years. Roman was the owner of RAG Hardware for 60 plus years. He was one of the first members of the Cut Off Volunteer Fire Department; worked with the Boy Scouts of our area; first president of the Cut Off Youth Center, serving as president for 7 years. One of the founding members of the Cut Off Fishing Club, he served as treasurer for at least 25 years.
He was very involved in community affairs at the local, state, and national levels. He served as the Chairperson for the Lafourche Parish Red Cross for a number of years then was named as Chairperson for the Southeast Louisiana Red Cross in New Orleans for 2 years—the only one ever to hold this position from Lafourche or Terrebonne Parishes. He served on the Louisiana State Democratic Committee for a number of years, attending many presidential nomination conventions.
Roman was named “Outstanding Member of the Year” in 1966 from the Young Men’s Business Club and also received the “1980 Pioneer Award for Community Service” from the South Lafourche Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding service and achievement in the field of community service along with numerous awards and commendations from various state and local organizations.
He was most proud of his children and grandchildren’s college degrees.
Roman was always ready to give someone in need a helping hand and was a great asset to the South Lafourche Community. He will be greatly missed.
Special thanks and deep gratitude to St. Joseph’s Hospice, especially Cathy, Angel, Michelle, Dori, and Shona, and his wonderful, devoted caretakers, Belinda, Gail, Vivian, Shirlene, and Desi, who took such loving care of Roman during his final days.
In lieu of flowers, a tribute/memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org, the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org, or the National World War II Museum at www.nationalww2museum.org/ in Roman Guidry’s name is greatly appreciated.
Falgout Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Posted on Wed, February 10, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette