John E. Gaidry (’55)

John Gaidry Obituary
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for John Edward Gaidry at 10:00 AM on Monday, June 24, 2024, at St Pius X Catholic Church. John, passed away peacefully of natural causes on the 20th of June 2024, at the blessed age of 96, at home in Lafayette, Louisiana. Visitation will be held only on Sunday, June 23, 2024, from 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM at Martin & Castille’s Southside location, 600 E. Farrel Rd, with a recitation of the rosary at 6:00 PM. Reverend James Brady, JCL, Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church, will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass. Entombment will be held at Lafayette Memorial Park Mausoleum. Left behind to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 74 years, Pearl Broussard Gaidry; his son John Edward Gaidry, II MD and his wife Kim; his former daughter-in-law, Billie Green; his daughter Mary Elizabeth Gaidry Young and her husband Clay; his grandchildren, Elizabeth Gaidry Cervantes and her husband Ricky, Kathryn Della Gaidry, and Camille Marie Young and her fiancĂ© James. He was preceded in death by his father Edward John Gaidry and his mother Jeanette Richard Gaidry, and grandson Dylan Clay Young. John was born on February 21, 1928, in Maurice, Louisiana, to Edward John Gaidry and Jeanette Richard Gaidry. His journey was one filled with love, dedication, and family. John shared a beautiful and enduring love with his wife. Their love story began at a school Halloween party in 1942 and continued unbroken through seven years of courtship and countless adventures thereafter. Their total time together, 81 years, was not enough declares Pearl. An alumnus of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics, John, a true scholar, humbly carried the title of high school valedictorian. His fervor for knowledge was paralleled only by his dedication to his country, having honorably served in the Navy during World War II. His career in the oil industry as a geophysicist and an engineer was marked by innovation, notably obtaining a flow control patent. John retired as the screen shop manager of Baker Hughes in Broussard, Louisiana. He was revered by all his colleagues, earning admiration for his contributions and work ethic. Outside of his professional endeavors, John was an avid runner, belonging to the Cajun Road Runners Club, a hobby in which he excelled, winning countless medals well into his sixties. His triumphs included completing the Pensacola Blue Angel Marathon in 1993, and then, the Houston Marathon in 1994, an impressive feat where he outpaced his son-in-law. John was also celebrated for his diverse talents, including his knack for woodworking, painting with water colors, and his passion for music. The stereo systems and short-wave radios he built were emblematic of his talent and patience, and they stand as a testament to his creative spirit. A few of the items he created that are cherished by the family include an exact replica of the destroyer ship he was on in the Navy, USS Wallace L. Lind DD703, the painting of the African Ringneck Parrot that his daughter enjoyed overseas and the Mickey Mouse themed table and chair set built for his grandchildren. Together with Pearl, he enjoyed the experience of live music, especially big band performances that brought back precious memories of an earlier era. As a history buff, he often immersed himself in stories of the past, keeping his mind as active as his body. A man of deep faith, John practiced his religious beliefs with devotion and found strength and solace in his spirituality. John’s legacy is one of love, laughter, and the pursuit of knowledge – a life well-lived that will continue to inspire those who knew him best. His family members note that they have never seen a love as deep as what he and his wife Pearl have shared throughout their lives together. His grandchildren will never forget that their PawPaw gifted them each with their best childhood memories and that he truly was the best grandfather ever. As we share stories of his life, his generous spirit, and his enduring love for his family, let us remember a man who was truly remarkable in every endeavor. John Edward Gaidry lived fully, loved deeply, and leaves behind a world that is infinitely richer for his presence among us. He will be sorely missed, but he will be celebrated in the memories that shine brightly, reflecting the life of a man who was truly one of a kind. Special thanks to all of his caregivers, especially Jacqueline Brown, for her dedication and most compassionate care given to John. Also a very special thanks to Jamie Baudoin and the caregivers at The Vincent and also Audubon Hospice. View the obituary and guestbook online at Martin & Castille – Southside, 600 E. Farrel Road, Lafayette, Louisiana 70508, 337-984-2811

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