Obituary: Warren Joseph Fortier – Football 1943 & 44 – Jul 2, 2015
Warren J. Fortier
August 25, 1924 – July 2, 2015
Warren Joseph Fortier, died peacefully at his home on July 2 2015 at the age of 90. He was born in Jeanerette, Louisiana and was raised there and in New Orleans. He attended St. Paul’s School in Covington, Loyola University in New Orleans, and Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he played football on one of the great service teams of World War II.
His Southwestern days led to a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps where he proudly served for four years. He returned to Lafayette and trained with his father at Hub City Ford. In 1950, Warren came to Morgan City to become owner and president of Tri City Motors. In addition to the dealership, he formed Tri City Broadcasting, owners and operators of KMRC/KFXY radio stations, Tri City Leasing, Astro Credit and several real estate corporations. Warren was also one of the local businessmen who organized the Morgan City Bank and Trust sixty years ago and was the youngest member of its original board.
Warren also served as a past president of the local Rotary Club and member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Church and supporter of Holy Cross and Central Catholic Schools.
Warren is survived by his wife of 48 years, June Kristicevich Fortier; three daughters, Kathryn Norman, Ann Kelly and her husband Pat, Renee Fortier; one son, Jaime Fortier. Five grandchildren, Heather Vallilee, Josh Kelly and his wife, Amy, Phil Kelly and his wife, Lesleigh, Jennifer Jackson and her husband, Clay, Grace Fortier, Macie Fortier; and fifteen great grandchildren; his sister Marcelle Fortier Citron as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Brown A. Fortier; his mother, Leita DeGravelle Fortier; and two brothers, Brown "Mickey" Fortier, Jr. and R. Jarvis Fortier.
Visitation will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Monday, July 6, 2015, beginning at 10 am until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at noon. Interment will follow at the Morgan City Mausoleum. Hargrave Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morgan City.