Cecilia - A Funeral Service was held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at St. Joseph Catholic Church for Patrick Thibodeaux, 80, who passed away on Friday, February 10, 2023, at Ochsner St. Martin Hospital.
Deacon Ken Soignier officiated at the funeral service. Interment followed at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Patrick Thibodeaux was a son, a rebel, a brother, a soldier, a husband, a crane operator, a world traveler, a father, a knife maker, a grandfather, a friend, a storyteller.
He was a son who loved his parents, time spent with his parents was precious to him. He was also a son to Mommom, he never hesitated to have mom live with them when she got sick. He must've made a huge impression on her because she recognized "Pat" till the very end.
He liked to fancy himself a rebel, he loved motorcycles and fast cars, he loved guns and knives, he had a collection from all over the world. He loved to have a good time. He liked to do things his way. He worked really hard but played even harder. He loved telling stories, and he was good at it.
He was a big brother, he liked being a big brother, he was a natural leader, and his sisters and brother adored him. He got a bonus brother when his little sister married Pearly, he became his brother, his best friend, his confidant. He loved all of you and took the job as a big brother very seriously.
He was a soldier, he was a very proud veteran, but didn't really like telling stories about that, even though it was one of the things in his life that he was most proud of.
He was a husband . . he was the most romantic and I grew up in a house of hugging, and smooching and dancing and loving. He loved flowers . . flowers and trips and things that sparkled, he was the best! They lived a wonderful life.
He was a crane operator and a damn good one and he knew it too. He did not lack self-confidence. His career choice gave him the gift of being a world traveler, he traveled the world for work and loved every minute of it. He missed us, but he loved what he did for a living. Oh the places he did go . . The North Sea, England, Germany, Amsterdam, India, Egypt, Nigeria, Brazil, Singapore, Antigua, The Bahamas. He loved talking about his travels, he had an adventurous soul.
He was a father who loved his children. His priority was always providing for his family. He worked a lot, but we always knew where he was in the world and we knew that he loved us. As we got older, he was always there if you needed him. In recent years he enjoyed coming to our homes to visit, we'd cook, he'd tell stories, he loved hearing what was going on at work and school with The Boys.
He was a knife maker. Later in life he picked up a hobby, knife making and like everything else, he did it with extreme confidence. His knives are perfection.
It was more of a talent than a hobby. If you've seen his knives, you know what I'm talking about, they are literally art. I love that he did that.
He was a grandfather, known to Kannon and Cole as Gramps. He found patience and mellowed as a grandfather. He was so proud of any achievement, bragging any chance he got. Started watching football as they got older because it's one of the things the boys love. Always there for The Boys.
He was a friend . . he did not have very many friends but those he did have were life long and he loved them.
The stories, I loved listening to his stories over and over it didn't matter.
He came alive and his eyes sparkled talking about all kinds of things, old times, his work, his travels, history (he loved history), stories of his childhood. He was witty and funny and charming and smart and sweet and strong and brave and hardworking and talented and stubborn and exasperating and fearless and loving and now he's gone, and our hearts are broken but I know he'd want me to be proud of his life and celebrate the wonderful man who was Patrick Thibodeaux.
He is survived by wife of 57 years Janice Thibodeaux; daughters, Kendra Thibodeaux (Byron) DeVille and Kiisha Thibodeaux (Ryan Thibodeaux) Cooper; son, Joel Patrick Thibodeaux; brother, Mikey (Teresa) Thibodeaux; sisters, Patsy Thibodeaux Calais and Judy Thibodeaux (Pearly) Dupuis; grandchildren, Kannon Patrick DeVille and Cole Christopher Cooper.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Rosenbert and Palmire Courville Thibodeaux.
Pallbearers were Byron DeVille, Ryan Thibodeaux, Kannon DeVille, Cole Cooper, Mikey Thibodeaux, Pearly Dupuis, and Joel Patrick Thibodeaux.
Pellerin Funeral Home, 2238 Bushville Hwy, Cecilia, LA 70512 (337-332-2111) is in charge of arrangements.
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Starts at 2:00pm (Central time)
St Joseph Church
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
St. Joseph Cemetery