David Richard Rodrigue, beloved husband of Lynn Doize Fitzsimmons Rodrigue, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at his home in Destrehan, Louisiana. David was born in New Orleans on December 4, 1924, and resided in the New Orleans area his entire life.
David served in the European Theater in World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant B-17 navigator in the 8th Army Air Corps. After the war, David attended Tulane University on the G.I. Bill and received his B.S. in Physics in 1949. Following in the footsteps of his father, Elmo N. Rodrigue, David established the Rodrigue Insurance Agency, Inc. in 1947. He was joined in the agency by his daughter Ronni Rodrigue Walker in 1977 – the third generation in the insurance business. He retired in 1997.
David was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Vicknair Rodrigue, with whom he shared a devoted marriage of 55 years until her death in 2004. David is survived by his three daughters, Renee Rodrigue (Jim), Ronni Rodrigue Walker (John, died in 2009), and Robin Coffey (John); his five adored grandchildren, David, Paula, Scotch, William, and Katie; and eight great-grandchildren.
David married Lynn Doize Fitzsimmons in 2007 and is survived by Lynn and her children, Sharon Verret (Roy), Bonnie Ford (Tim), Jan Fitzsimmons (Sue Gay Viccellio), Brian (Karen), Kevin (Kim); an additional 13 grandchildren, Linda, Laura, Kelly, Keith, Timothy, Stephanie, Linda, Brian, Brad, Megan, Jordan, Rachael, and Blair; and 14 great-grandchildren. David and Lynn enjoyed 10 years of marriage as parishioners of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Destrehan.
David was the patriarch of a very large extended Rodrigue family. He was predeceased by his brother Robert, but leaves behind his siblings, sisters Julie, Petie, and Evelyn; nieces, nephews, and their families; actual and honorary godchildren; and numerous close friends, neighbors, and business associates of his many years.
A beloved nephew, expressing the sentiments of his generation, offers these thoughts:
“After death, we come to recognize one’s greatest gifts, illusive, invisible, lurking, ubiquitous, and often ignored intangibles that bind families and friends throughout eternity: selflessness, patience, unconditional love, perseverance, and courage.”
The family offers special thanks to David’s caregiver, Cherie, and Notre Dame Hospice for their comfort in the last months of his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of David to the SPCA, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are appreciated. A Memorial Mass will be held at JACOB SCHOEN & SON, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 11:00am, with visitation beginning at 9:30am, followed by burial in the Assumption Catholic Church Cemetery, 5604 Royal Street, Plattenville, LA.