St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens

701 W Virtue ST, Chalmette, LA


Allen "Gator" Bienvenu Sr.

August 20, 1942July 29, 2020

Allen ‘Gator’ Joseph Bienvenu, Sr. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at the age of 77. He is the beloved husband of 54 years to Rose Marie Gilbert Bienvenu. Loving father of Michele Bienvenu Cimino (Anthony) and Allen Joseph Bienvenu, Jr. (Patricia). Brother of Hazel Mitzi McCarthy (Jimmy). Proud grandfather of Katie Bienvenu Guidroz (Chris), Molly Marie Bienvenu, Paul Allen Cimino, Kyle Francis Cimino, Morgan Elizabeth Cimino, Ashley Lauren Nelson (Richard) and Courtney Blair Saulsman. Great grandfather of Blayklee Blair Nelson and Christopher Trey Guidroz, Jr. (on the way). Beloved uncle of Charles L. Bienvenu (Kim), Lawrence A. Bienvenu IV (Jill), James P. McCarthy, Jr (Paul), Kenneth B. Tresch (Kim), Thomas E. Gilbert, Kevin T. Gilbert, Barbara B. Wall (Joe), Elaine B. D’Aunoy (Gerard), Tracy M. Laiche (Brian), Evelyn T. Rodriguez (Bobby), Dora T. Kennedy (Billy) and Tammy M. Gilbert. He is also survived and fondly remembered by host of great-nieces, great-nephews, and friends, both near and far, along with his faithful, furry companion, Beau. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel Suarez Bienvenu Phelps and Lawrence A. Bienvenu, Jr.; his brothers, John R. Bienvenu and Lawrence A. Bienvenu III; his nephew, John R. Bienvenu, Jr.; and his niece, Donna M. Tresch.

Allen was born in New Orleans, LA on August 20, 1942 and was a lifetime resident of Arabi, LA where he worked many years in family businesses as a young man and over 20 years for Tulane University Medical School Maintenance. He truly enjoyed life through his simple pleasures of cooking, fishing, traveling, joking, telling stories, and could ‘Never wait for Monday to get here!’ since he retired post- Katrina. He will always be remembered for his loyalty and dedication to his family, his laughter and spoiling the grandchildren. He was a wonderful example of what it means to care for others and will be deeply missed by us all.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2320 Paris Rd., Chalmette, LA on Saturday, August 8th from 10:30AM – 12:00PM, followed by a Funeral Mass in Allen’s memory beginning at 12:00PM. He will be laid to eternal rest in a private ceremony.

Due to COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are required.


8 August


10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Our Lady of Prompt Succor

2320 Paris Rd
Chalmette, LA 70043

8 August


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Our Lady of Prompt Succor

2320 Paris Rd
Chalmette, LA 70043


Allen "Gator" Bienvenu Sr.

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Janet Babin

August 5, 2020

Rose, Allen and Michelle: So sorry for your devastating loss. Sorry that I can't attend the service, but I send my love.

Sandra Gauthier

August 5, 2020

Steve Prather

August 3, 2020

I was sorry to hear this news. I had the privilege of working with Gator and did a lot of fishing with him also. He was a million laughs and had a big heart, and he'll be missed. My sympathy goes to Miss Rose and their children, may he rest in peace.

Deborah Lavender

August 2, 2020

Gator and Rose have been my next door neighbors for years and his loss is an awful one. I will miss him a lot - especially watching him tinkering on everything from a water fountain to an odd piece of machinery. He was funny, and a rare person indeed. He was also an excellent cook - I’ll miss his over-the-fence exchanges of goodies. I don’t think he ever met a shrimp he couldn’t cook, and had recently added cream and chopped green onions to his fare. I will really miss him. Rose, you are a brave and wonderful lady. Blessings upon both of you.

Paula Licciardi

August 1, 2020

Dear Michelle and family
Please accept our sympathies on the loss of your father. May he Rest In Peace
Paula licciardi
Family health wellness

Trudy Ferguson

August 1, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy to Rose and family for your loss. Praying that you will find comfort in the Lord.

Barry Lemoine

July 31, 2020

Katherine and I are so very sorry for your loss. He was a great and fun loving man and we will miss seeing him. Sending love and prayers to you all.


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