Leroy Joseph Falgoust, at the age of 84, passed away on October 19, 2021 with all of his family at his side. He was a native of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward and the first son of the late Enola Savoie and Claude "Grandpa" Falgoust, and brother of the late Paul Falgoust, Robert Falgoust, and John Falgoust.
Leroy is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Rose Falgoust; his brother, David Falgoust, David’s wife, Susan Falgoust and sister Claudia Falgoust Cresap; his sons, Lee Falgoust and Paul Falgoust and his daughters, Christine Falgoust Remy and Jeanette Falgoust Hardy; his daughter in law, Isnaya Duarte Falgoust; his sons in law, Mark Remy and Lonnie Hardy Jr; his 11 grandchildren Nicole Falgoust, Lindsay Falgoust Weirich, Devin Falgoust, Jordan Falgoust, Cameron Falgoust, Corrin Remy, Kelsey Remy, Andrea Remy, Brittany Creel, Faith Hardy, and Lonnie Hardy III; and his 3 great grandchildren (soon to be 4) Skye Falgoust, Wren Falgoust, and Parish Falgoust.
Leroy attended St. Cecilia Elementary School and Holy Cross High School before joining the United States Marine Corp Reserve at the young age of 18, where he received an honorable discharge. In 1960, he was sworn into the New Orleans Police Department at the age of 23. During his 17-year police career, Leroy received several commendations including “Keys to the City” for service above and beyond the call of duty, both on and off duty. Leroy retired from the NOPD in 1977 at the age of 40, but remained an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police for all of his life.
Leroy and Mary Rose then moved to Philadelphia in 1980 to become Tupperware Distributors. Together, they built a successful business there before moving back to New Orleans in 1985. A few years later, Leroy retired from Tupperware and began working as a Private Investigator, and was appointed by the governor of Louisiana to the Crime Victims Reparations Board.
Leroy met the love of his life, Mary Rose at a St. Joseph’s high school dance on November 16, 1956, at the age of 19. He was completely smitten, and they were engaged to be married 18 months later on May 24, 1958, in a formal ceremony at St Joseph’s Catholic Church. They were then married nearly a year later on April 18, 1959, honoring his vow of “til death do us part” 62 years later. For nearly 65 years, Leroy and Mary Rose were best friends, and they leaned on each other through thick and thin.
Leroy was a passionate fan of LSU football and baseball, and the New Orleans Saints and he spent his Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons glued to the television with his brothers, sons, and son in laws. He loved good seafood, especially chargrilled oysters and fried shrimp and oysters. He was a self-made “meteorologist” and the master of hurricane forecasting, a student of history, and a charter member of the World War 2 museum. He loved telling stories….over and over and over again.
But above all, Leroy will be forever remembered for his unwavering love of family, a legacy started by his father Claude, and his mother in law, Stella Poleto Piazza, and it is that legacy of impenetrable love of family, which is the cornerstone for all of us build upon. He loved his family.
All of his family and friends will be gathering at St. Ann’s Catholic Church on Transcontinental Blvd in Metairie, LA on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 beginning at 10:30am, followed by a funeral mass at 12:00 noon led by his longtime friend, Father Billie O’Riordan. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, 5190 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, LA, immediately following the mass, and all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bishop Reed Catholic Television Network, PO Box 9196, Watertown, Massachusetts 02471. To view and sign the guestbook, please visit schoenfh.com.
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