OBITUARY

Louis Henry Bergeron II

September 21, 1960July 1, 2018

Louis Henry Bergeron II, 57, of Valrico Florida passed away from pancreatic cancer at home on Sunday, July 1, 2018; Louie entered into his eternal life with Jesus surrounded by his family, whom he cherished dearly.

Uncle Louie, or the “Big UL” as he was fondly called by his numerous nieces and nephews, was a loving and generous man. He would often help strangers in distress on the side of the road, and would literally give the shirt off of his back to anyone in need. He loved animals and took care of strays and pets alike. If a family member ever needed any help- with moving, burying a kitten that was accidentally run over, dealing with a snake in the living room, or doing “crash tests” in the car while driving toddlers- Louie was the man for the job. He was unparalleled in his drive for giving happily to others, and in his love for his family.

Louie is remembered by his family as a political man with strong convictions, passionate about world events, who could hold his own in any political debate. He loved the Lord, read the Bible daily, and spoke of it to others. He was exceptionally humorous, and was known by his family for his sometimes corny jokes that he would repeat over and over, laughing just as hard each time he told one.

Louie was a catcher for Little League baseball in his youth and also loved playing football. As he got older, Louie became an avid duck hunter and fisherman, and was a member of the Kissimmee Duck Club for almost 38 years. He also enjoyed snow skiing and taking vacations with his family. Louie was an entrepreneur, owning his own business and partnering with one of his childhood friends.

Ultimately taken from his family much too soon, his relatives are still grateful for the many times Louie evaded death in the past. He was known for having used up most of his nine lives, although his family was still hoping for a tenth: he survived a head-on collision on his motorcycle and walked away; he survived a major heart attack; he survived a near-drowning when he was alone on his boat, got tangled in a rope, and fell overboard, while his boat continued traveling in circles; he survived a fall from a 20-foot scaffolding which shattered both his legs. He was a fighter and one of the strongest men his family knew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Henry and Marie Elizabeth Bergeron, and his mother-in-law Muriel Preziosi. Louie is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Luanne Bergeron; a brother John Bergeron (Deborah); sisters, Cheryl Bergeron and Daniella Bergeron Crays (Dave); father-in-law, Louis Preziosi; brothers-in-law, Mark Preziosi, Anthony Preziosi and Louis Preziosi Jr. (Chantell); sisters-in-law, Michelle O’Madigan, Maria Slowey (Tom) and Paula Brice (Tom); and many loved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

The family invites friends to a memorial mass at Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E Brandon Boulevard, on Thursday, July 5, 2018 beginning at 1:30 p.m., and to a gathering in the social hall immediately following the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity close to Louie’s heart, the Nativity Food Pantry, at 705 E. Brandon Boulevard, Brandon, Florida 33511.

Services

  • Memorial Mass Thursday, July 5, 2018
REMEMBERING

Louis Henry Bergeron II

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Tim Riecke

July 16, 2018

Louie and I have been friends since 1974 when we played Brandon Bronco football together (Louie is #40, and I am #77. We made the all stars and played in the "big Sumbrero"! We learned that we shared birthdays in the same year. 9/21/1960. Every year we make a point to call each other on that day as well as Christmas and new years. I will find these days empty going forward, but I know that I will see Louie again. He will be there with a big smile waiting for me, and he will say as he always did, "Hey Timmy" and he will add "bout time you got here". It is rare to have lifelong friends, but Louie was mine. I have been very fortunate in that regard. Mark Preziosi, Jim Guilford, Luanne, Maria, and Michelle are all like siblings to me as are Johnny, Cheryl, and Dede. In fact Louie and I referred to each other as "mon frère" which means "my Brother" in French. We played sports together, lived together, worked together, and fished together for 43 of our 57 years. I will miss him greatly. I can't imagine life with Louie to talk to. Love to Louie and Luanne and all the Preziosi and Bergeron family members during this tough time.

Gary Moye

July 6, 2018

Louie was a friend I played baseball with. His dad was my coach. He and his brother were good players that always played hard and would never give up. I was saddened to hear the news of his passing. He had a great sense of humor and a smile on his face. My condolences to his family and the memories will always keep Louie with you.

Terrie O’Hanlon

July 5, 2018

My brother Tim Riecke and Louie shared a birth date and a lifelong brother-friend bond. Losing Louie is like losing a piece of himself, and so we are mourning not only Louie’s passing, but the passing of what he created by his presence in those who knew and loved him. As a childhood friend of LuAnne’s younger sister Maria, my memory is that there was no “LuAnne” or “Louie.” There was an entity always referred to together as “Louie and LuAnne,” or “LuAnne and Louie.” There was no doubt in our childhood minds that this would always be so, and as the years passed it came to be. I can’t imagine the shock and pain that Louie and LuAnne’s families are experiencing. I do believe that God delivers to us the strength we need to endure, and the comfort we need to find peace, even through the most impossible and unjust of trials. I pray for that strength, endurance, comfort and peace for all who cherished Louie on this earth, until they, too, are united with him in heaven.

Cindy Sampson

July 4, 2018

I had the privilege of meeting Louie and Luanne about 7 years ago through becoming friends with Luanne's sisters, Maria and Michelle. Louie and Luanne immediately welcomed me and my special needs daughter,Lois,into their lovely home. We spent many fun times with them,partaking of Luanne's superb cooking skills and swimming in their pool . Lois went to heaven unexpectedly in 2014 and Louie and Luanne, along with Luanne's entire family have provided me with ongoing support and comfort ever since. I am so sorry that Louie left us so soon but am grateful to have been a part of he and Luanne's lives. They are a couple to be admired for their steadfast love and devotion to each other. I am sure that my daughter,Lois, who is now 17 in heaven is making Louie give her rides on his back and saying," Go faster,Uncle Louie, we don't bother with cancer or any of that nonsense up here." Everyone's hearts and prayers go out to you,Luanne and to the rest of the family.

Love &Prayers,
Cindy &Lois (sending Heavenly Love) Sampson

Jamie Pollard

July 4, 2018

As a long time member of the Kissimmee Duck Club I have to say that Louie's corner of of our camp (affectionately known as "camp Louie") will never be the same. He will be sorely missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go up for you all.

Amy Powers

July 4, 2018

Dear Luanne,

We are so glad that we were able to see you and Louie at Cristmastime last year and that our boys were able to meet him. They loved playing football with him and have been praying every night for “Uncle Louie”. We have so many happy memories, from playing games at your house to receiving Louie’s wise marital advice. He was so warm, funny, but most of all kind, and we are so happy to have known him for so many years. We are so sorry for your loss.

With much love,
Amy and Andy




martha pettell

July 4, 2018

just saw you 2 yrs. ago in Mass. R.I.P. cousin martha

Chuck Twente

July 4, 2018

God speed Louie. I remember the many good times we played baseball together. You are a class act and a wonderful man. Prayers and condolences. RIP brother 🙏🙏🙏

Tammy Sievenpiper Van Loan

July 3, 2018

I'm so sorry at the loss of your brother Cheryl. May peace be with you and your family.

Mark Preziosi

July 3, 2018

Louie was a close childhood friend and a generous brother-in-law that earned his way into heaven. We played little league baseball together. Louie was a catcher and when I played 2nd base, I would take his throws as runners tried to steal second. I often dropped the ball and would frustrate Louie. Louie and his brother John were homerun hitters but would get excited for me when I was able to hit the ball out of the infield for a single. One time I was asked to pitch while Louie caught. He put two fingers down for me to throw a curve ball. I had to call him to the pitchers mound to tell him I only had a fastball. After I threw a fastball, he would throw the ball even faster back to me! We once dated identical twins at the same time (sorry Luanne). He was a great friend to have. So many memories that are all good. We all miss you Louie and love you Luanne! Mark