OBITUARY

Lee Gerard Babin

January 7, 1940March 14, 2020
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Lee Gerard Babin passed away at the age of 80 on Saturday, March 14, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Nathalie Scaffidi Babin for 56 years, devoted father to Barbara Babin Vado and Donna Babin, loving grandfather to Brittany Boehm Whitfield (William, III), and proud great-grandparent to Blakely Grey Whitfield. Lee is also survived by his dear sister, Kathy Babin Decedue (Kenny, Sr.) and sisters-in-law Kathleen S. Nichols (Kenneth, Sr.) and Helen Scaffidi. Son of the late Preston G. Babin and Dorothy S. Babin, he will be greatly missed by nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends and neighbors. A native of New Orleans and former resident of Chalmette, Lee called Slidell home for the last 26 years. He graduated from Alcée Fortier High School in 1959, was honorably discharged from the US Army Reserve in 1965, and retired from a nearly 40-year career as an award-winning salesman for the Seven-Up and Pepsi Bottling Companies. Lee enjoyed a lifetime of activities, such as fishing and camping – bringing home his catches to feed family and friends; bowling in a successful league – proudly displaying his many trophies; traveling near and abroad – including frequent trips to his favorite spots along the Gulf Coast and marveling at the sights of Europe; watching football and horse racing – cheering on the Saints and LSU Tigers and following the road to the Triple Crown; and spending time with loved ones – talking on the phone with old friends, visiting with neighbors, celebrating with relatives, or playing with his beautiful and lively great-granddaughter. Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Grace Funeral Home, 450 Holy Trinity Dr., Covington, on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. An online guestbook is available at www.gracenorthshore.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Nathalie Scaffidi Babin, Wife
  • Barbara Babin Vado, Daughter
  • Donna Babin, Daughter
  • Brittany Boehm Whitfield (William, III), Granddaughter
  • Blakely Grey Whitfield, Great Grandchild
  • Kathy Babin Decedue (Kenny, Sr.), Sister
  • Kathleen S. Nichols (Kenneth, Sr.), Sister-in-law
  • Helen Scaffidi, Sister-in-law
  • Preston G. Babin, Father (deceased)
  • Dorothy S. Babin, Mother (deceased)
  • Mr. Babin will be greatly missed by nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends and neighbors.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Martin & Sandra Schmidt

March 19, 2020

Nat,
We met You & Lee (The Weaver) back in the 60's when we use to have monthly parties with the group of friends at different homes.
Those were fun days, especially when "The Weaver" and you arrived. Then Cathy & Kenny starting coming as well and the group grew to about a dozen couples. We also went to "dances" together down in St Bernard Parish. with our gang all attending, and having such good times. Lee went rabbit hunting with my Brother (John deceased 2018) & I back in our younger years. Finally, year's later I had a Big Party at the Old Buzzards Hall and most all of the Old gang was able to make it, including Lee & Yourself.
Nat, always remember the fond memories, and good times that You & Lee shared for 56 years of Love !
Our Sympathies,
Martin & Sandra

John & Karen Wyseman

March 19, 2020

Through the years, my neighbor Lee became a part of our family and the brother I never had. He was always ready to help with a project, but even more importantly, he was their for my wife and I in times of illness or trials giving us encouragement, and his faith by lighting candles and saying Novenas. Although he barely was able to speak, in his final days, his last words to me were "How are you doing". That's Lee, always thinking about others even when he was the one suffering. I believe Lee gave to each of us his friendship through his humble serving heart and a spirit that uplifted everyone who knew him. I will forever thank the Lord for putting Lee in our lives, and will never stop missing my friend and my brother, Lee. Remember Lee by continuing his ways of simply caring for one another. He is and always will be a friend of friends. Natalie, know that we are here for you and your family.

Ronnie Sanchez

March 18, 2020

Kenny Oster

March 18, 2020

We have been Lees neighbor for over 20 years. Needless to say he will be greatly missed! Lee always watched over the neighborhood!! We had so many interests in common, LSU,SAINTS,HORSERACING,BOWLING, FISHING!! Will pray that Nathalie and family find GRACE and PEACE!! Will miss you our dear friend! Kenny and Donna Oster

Charlie Beary

March 18, 2020

I knew Lee as a childhood friend, and lived around the corner from him and his family. it is with sadness that I heard of his death, and wish his family a heavy heart and deep condolences. From the obit, it sounds as Lee had a wonderful life, being married for 56 years is a great blessing. On another note if Kenny Nichols is the same Kenny Nichols who attended OLGC grammar school, tell hem hello for me as we had spent several years together at OLGC.
Regards and my deepest sentiments,
Charlie

Jimmy and Patricia Jackson

March 18, 2020

We were so sorry to hear about Lee's passing. So many years have passed, where do they go? He was Best Man at our wedding, and we have fond memories of him. Please know that you, Natalie, and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Covington, LA

John Iennusa

March 17, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family of Lee. I met Lee as a teenager many years ago when seeing him in my neighborhood around St Joseph’s Church on Tulane Ave.
Many years later as an adult I started working for Nabisco in St Bernard Parish and ran into Lee. We reminisced about those many years ago and he was always very nice to be around. He as I were great salesmen and how much he enjoyed 7-up.
I know what it is to lose your spouse as I lost mine 17 months ago after being together 57 years.
May he Rest In Peace there in Heaven. I will keep him and your family in my prayers.
John Iennusa
Madisonville,La.

Stephen Frught

March 17, 2020

We have been Mr. Lee and Mrs. Nathalies neighbors since Hurricane Katrina. He was the very first person I spoke to when we were looking at the house. We could not ask for better neighbors. He was affectionately known as the Mayor of Driftwood. Whenever I was working on something in my driveway he was the first to offer a hand. I will forever miss my friend. Mrs. Nathalie, do not hesitate to call me when you need someone to look at something that's giving you trouble or need a few things from the store. I will be there for you.

Steve and Cheryl Frught

Brittany Whitfield

March 16, 2020

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