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Mr. James Moreau (Deceased)
|Jim's basketball tenure at USL was twice interrupted by military service.
Knowing him and Coach Shipley as I did, especially our Top 28 visits, they genuinely cared for each other. The heightened respect and admiration for each other were apparent. In the reunion team photo taken in Long Gym on Nov. 3, 2001, Jim is standing on the far left and next to him with his arm over Jim's shoulders, is Coach Shipley.
Posted as part of Jim's LM for Coach Shipley's Tribute by Dr. Ed Dugas on Aug. 30, 2017.
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Obituary: James "Jim" Moreau, Basketball 1957, 1958, 1960
James "Jim" Morris Moreau
LAFAYETTE - Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., September 5, 2009, at a Mass of Christian Burial at St Pius Catholic Church, for James Morris Moreau, 70, who passed away Tuesday after a courageous fight with complications from pneumonia.
Internment will be in Lafayette Memorial Park on Pinhook Road. The Rev. Steve Leblanc will be the celebrant of the funeral Mass along with Deacon Reggie Bollich.
Survivors include his devoted and loving wife of 48 years, Lora Venable Moreau, of Lafayette; one son, Andre' and his wife, Angie Bradley Moreau, of Lafayette; his daughter in law, Debbie Stelly Moreau; his three grandchildren, Tyler, Camille, and Joel Moreau, of Lafayette; one sister, Janet Meuleman, of Lafayette; and two brothers, Ray Moreau and Terry Moreau, both of Lawtell, Louisiana.
He was preceded in death by his son Jeffery Neal Moreau of Lafayette and by his parents Freeman and Versie Moreau of Lawtell.
Jim was reared in Lawtell, Louisiana where he was a standout high school basketball player. After graduating from Lawtell High in 1957, he was recruited by USL to play basketball, but was soon drafted into the army where he served as a medic. He returned to Lafayette after his first tour and planned to return to USL. However, he was called back a second time due to the Berlin Crisis.
After completing his military service, Jim returned home to start a family with his high school sweetheart and began his career as a right-of-way agent. He worked many years for CLECO and Dow Chemical until his retirement and was also co-owner of Cosmetology Training Center. Jim was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and a friend to all who knew him. He lived his life to the fullest. Many knew Jim as an avid fisherman, poker player, and a great Cajun cook. Jim had been retired for 13 years and spent most of his time with his wife and family traveling, fishing, and playing poker with his friends. He was especially devoted to his grandchildren spoiling them with much love and attention.
Jim had a sense of humor like no other. He was always telling great stories, kidding around, or teasing relentlessly. He was an amazing man and leaves a remarkable legacy. Jim will be deeply missed but will certainly never be forgotten.
Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, is in charge of all funeral arrangements. The family requests that visiting hours be observed Friday from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. and again from 8 a.m. until time of service on Saturday Morning.
Pallbearers will be Richard Helmer, Tyler Moreau, Bob Hedrick, Ray Moreau, Terry Moreau, and Keith Maillet. Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews Damon, Blaine, Chris Moreau; Ben Mouton; Raphael, A.J., Grant, Josh Venable.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Charlene Richard Orphanage in Thialand known as FTOA: 307 Keeney Ave, Lafayette, LA 70501 or Acadian Oaks Catholic Youth Retreat Center: P.O. Box 51888 Lafayette, LA 70505
The family would also like to thank everyone for their prayers and support over the past few months with special thanks to the ICU and medical staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.
Published on September 04, 2009.
Athletic Network Footnote: Jim played for Coach Beryl Shipley in 1957, 1958, 1960. Click here for a picture of Jim at the 2001 Shipley Basketball Reunion. Jim is at the far left, next to Coach Shipley. http://athleticnetwork.net/picpopup.php?piclibID=246
From Gerald Reaux, one of Jim's friends and basketball teammates:
Jim Moreau served in the Army from '59 to '61. He was in special services & played on the All-Army team. Updated Nov. 10, 2014.
Jim was 2 years younger than I but we became close friends especially after we both returned from the service. He & I played guards together for Service Chevrolet for several years. He was a great competitor & we both pushed each other to several City championships.
In college he wore a cage over his thick glasses & had a rainbow arching jump shot. Will never forget that.
Updated on Aug. 30, 2017 by Gerald Reaux.
|Basketball- (M):|| 1957, 1958, 1960|
|Military Veteran:|| 1959, 1960, 1961|
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