UL's Dave Comeaux dies â€" 'He was the most unselfish man I ever met' + Obituary 2/16/2019
Kris Wartelle, The Advertiser, Feb. 21, 2019
Comeaux died Saturday morning at his residence in Lafayette after a long battle with cancer. He was 54.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette.
Dave Comeaux and Josie Young attend the UL Lafayette distinguished professor awards. (Photo11: Kris Wartelle)
"He was so very kind and someone whose bright and joyful smile and personality will be missed," wrote his friend Troy Leger in a Facebook post.
Comeaux was a native of New Iberia but lived in Lafayette most of his life. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette B.I. Moody III College of Business and earned a degree in higher education administration at Vanderbilt University.
Comeaux was a huge UL supporter and was employed in the Development Office as the senior director for planned giving.
Dave and Cindy Comeaux with Nanette and Joe Heggie at a Krewe of Bonaparte party. (Photo11: Kris Wartelle)
Longtime friend and colleague Dan Hare knew Comeaux for more than 30 years.
"He was just a genuinely nice person, very thoughtful in the way he spoke to people," Hare said. "He was very dedicated to UL and his family and friends."
Comeaux had a talent for mixing business and pleasure and was involved in numerous civic and social activities.
He was the owner of Dave Comeaux Photography and served as the historian for the Krewe of Bonaparte. He also served on the royal court in 2013.
Former Bonaparte King Cliff Lane knew Comeaux and called him a close friend of more than 20 years. Lane said he never met a more unselfish man, who always thought of others before himself.
"He had just a huge heart and was always there to help anybody," Lane said. "And, incredibly, the whole time he was fighting this disease, he never once complained. It was always, 'What can I do to help somebody else?' He'll be missed by a lot of folks."
Comeaux was known for his involvement in Mardi Gras activities as well as his time raising money and working for UL. Hare said Comeaux had many talents that he shared with the community.
"We enjoyed being involved in the Krewe of Bonaparte," Hare said. "He had so many friends from a variety of the parts of his life. He was a photographer as a sideline and very good at documenting all the activities. We will miss him being with us and his kindness."
On a personal note, I knew Dave as a consummate gentleman who always made sure I was invited to the Bonaparte events and was so helpful in every way. He made my job easy. He will be missed.
Comeaux's family said he also loved grilling and playing golf, as well as being involved in his son's sports activities and other UL sporting events.
Lane said no matter what, friends and family will do what Comeaux would have wanted and follow his legacy of loving life.
"He loved his university; he loved this whole town," Lane added. "He just loved people. I can't say enough about him — just a fabulous person. We will continue to celebrate his life."
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy Uhall Comeaux, and one son, Austin David Comeaux. Comeaux also is survived by his parents, two sisters, a brother and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions can be made in David Comeaux's name to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
David Paul Comeaux
Published in the The Advertiser on Feb. 17, 2019