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Basketball: Ralph Menard Passing Leaves Void in Fan Base -Jim Champagne email &(obituary included)

This message on Ralph Menard was provided by Jim Champagne.

I am saddened to inform the Athletic Network that the ULL Basketball program lost a dear friend yesterday, when Ralph Menard was killed in a farming accident.  He represented what you would like to think a program should do for the community.  His love for USL begain as a young boy working in the feilds with his Dad and dreaming of playing someday for the Ragin’ Cajuns when he graduated from Acadiana High.  That dream was never fulfilled but his love for ULL never left his soul.  I would bet my last penny that after asking God for forgivness his last thought was that he would not see this young ULL basketball team mature into a Winner.  To all the fans who have been to the Cajundome to watch UL play, I can only say that no game will ever be the same without Ralph Menard in the stands.

Ralph James Menard
The Athletic Network extends its condolences to the Ralph Menard family.

MAURICE – Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 22, 2008, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Maurice, for Ralph James Menard, 52, who passed away Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2008.

The Rev. O. Joseph Breaux, Pastor of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church will conduct the services.

Interment will take place in St. Alphonsus Cemetery.

Ralph, the son of John Percy Menard and the former Mary Baudoin of Maurice, LA, was a native of Maurice, LA and a resident of Lafayette, LA. He was an avid fan of UL basketball. He loved farming, and was very passionate about it. He was a North Vermilion Golf Team supporter. He was proud of his children and grandchildren, who will miss him greatly. He loved his family and had a huge heart.

Survivors include his parent, two daughters, Alaina Bergeron and husband, Jarrod, of Abbeville, and Adrea Menard, of Maurice; one son, Ross Menard, of Milton; two grandchildren, Ayla Bergeron, and Aly Zumbek; two sisters, Patricia Cramer, and Cerelle Abshire, both of Maurice; and two brothers, Carlos Menard of Lafayette, LA, and Jeff Menard of Milton, LA.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Alyssa Brandie Menard.

The family requests visiting hours be observed Friday from 2 pm until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until the time of service.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. in the Delhomme Maurice Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ross Menard, Jeff Menard, Carlos Menard, Stevie Menard, Sandon Menard, and Paul Huval.

Personal condolences may be sent to the Menard family at www.delhommefuneralhome.com.

Delhomme Funeral Home, 200 Chief H. Fred Avenue, Maurice is in charge of all funeral arrangements.

Published in the Daily Advertiser on March 21, 2008.