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Ourso Funeral Home

13533 Airline Highway, Gonzales, LA

OBITUARY

Andre' Paul Dugas

December 29, 1976November 15, 2019

God gave us Andre' on December 29, 1976. He returned to his heavenly home on November 15, 2019. Andre' died from a rare form of brain cancer, Gliomatosis cerebri. For four years he lived bravely with this disease, sometimes in great physical pain. He found the strength to do so with the support and prayers of his family and incredible friends. Throughout his illness he would tell them “I am so lucky.” He could say this because he felt their love. Andre' grew up in a noisy, competitive, fun-filled home with his parents, four brothers and two sisters. “He was the kindness, smartest, most athletic, tallest, and had the most friends of anyone in the family” according to his brother, John. Another brother noted John did not add “most handsome,” perhaps reserving that title for himself. From an early age Andre' excelled in all kinds of sports; playing football, baseball, track or soccer at the schools he attended: St. Thomas More; Catholic High; and LSU, where he was voted MVP when the soccer team won the national championship. He formed lasting friendships with the Baton Rouge United Soccer Club, under Coach Knighton. Coaches Marc Fournet, Roy Boiteaux and Ed Hardin were also favorites of his. Andre’s love of sports extended to a passion for supporting his nephews’ later successes in soccer, hockey, lacrosse, swimming and baseball. Andre' loved to spend time fishing in Dulac, watching Premiere soccer, taking visitors to see “the beautiful trees” in Mandeville, having a beer at the Old Rail, walking the Trace, going to the Dew Drop, shopping at the Farmers Market, and playing the piano. A week before his last seizure his family took him to see Meschiya Lake and Tom McDermott at the Chickie Wah Wah, (two of his favorite local musicians at one of his favorite venues). Through Andre’s influence, family and friends have become fans of James Booker, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint. We will long remember “Alexa…, play WWOZ.” Andre had a successful career in money management, starting with Janus Funds in Denver. He then worked with his close friend and mentor, Claire C. Friedrichs, at Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch and Raymond James. Andre' is survived by his parents, Jean and Pam Dugas; brothers Michael (Susu), John (Stephanie), Marc (Leigh Ann) and Ben (Jessica) Dugas; sisters Karen Haller (Gary) Gurtcheff and Kathryn (Jay) Podorsky; 19 nephews and nieces: Ted, Evan, Brennan, “Lil” Andre, Lawson, Allen, Bennett, Marilis, Sofia, Reyna, Addison and Hazel Dugas; Jean, Jaim and Jack Haller; Audrey (Stephen) Montgomery; Stephen and Robbie (Chelsea) Podorsky; Mary (Matthew) Avrill; and 1 great-nephew, Camden Avrill. He is also survived by his “other brothers,” Sascha Schnur and Mike Montalbano, as well as his loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Miriam and Allen Dugas, Tommy and (Andre’s friends’ favorite) Stella Martin, and by his brother-in-law Michael Haller. The family is grateful for the compassionate care he received from the staff at the NIH, in Bethesda MD, Dr. Jon Olson in Baton Rouge, The Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 5th floor OLOL, and The Crossing. Andre was very proud to be part of a study at the NIH that would further help the understanding and treatment of his type of cancer. Andre' also very strongly supported the work of the New Orleans Medical Mission Services (NOMMS). His family appreciates any donations in his name to this charity. The address is P.O. Box 6249, New Orleans, LA. 70174. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019 from 9:00 am until the funeral mass at 12:00 pm at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Prairieville. His bright smile, generosity, courage and kindness will live on in our lives. “Always, in all ways” we love you Andre.

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Services

28 December

Visitation

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

St John the Evangelist Catholic Church


Prairieville, Louisiana

28 December

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church


Prairieville, Louisiana

28 December

Funeral Mass

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church


Prairieville, Louisiana

Memories

Andre' Paul Dugas

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Margot Brignac

November 24, 2019

I am grateful that Andre crossed my path in 2016 at the Thursday night Farmers Market in Mandeville and every Saturday thereafter when he was in town. I looked forward to seeing him even though I was never sure if he would be coming to buy coffee that weekend. But when he did, he always had a smile on his face and a light in his eyes I will never forget and that made me forget any woes I may have been feeling. He introduced me to some his family members and shared my coffee with them and friends aplenty and even referred me for business for which I was extremely appreciative. He was well mannered, well spoken, gracious, warm and from what I could tell, loved life. If I have any regrets, it is that I didn't meet Andre sooner.

Caitlin Magbee

November 23, 2019

I’m deeply saddened to hear of Andre’s passing. His smile, kindness, and zest for life were infectious. I can easily define my life by before and after I met Andre. I’d always admired him in high school but it wasn’t until a friend’s wedding in 2013 when we reconnected. We hit it off right away and kept in touch long distance from Montana to Louisiana.

He was an extraordinary person and unlike anyone I’d ever met. I loved seeing the world through his eyes. He made the world a kinder and more gentle, yet exciting place to be. In the time we spent together, he spoke with love and pride of his family, friends, and career. I only wish I’d gotten to spend more time with him. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I will never forget him. His light and spirit will continue to guide the many lives he touched. Thank you for Andre. May he rest in peace.

Michael Fahr

November 21, 2019

I will never forget Andre’s smile. It was intoxicating. Whenever I ran into him over the years, He always made me feel better, even in his times of hurt . Please know, He was loved and will never be forgotten by the many of us who had the pleasure of knowing and befriending him.

Jennifer Boudreaux

November 21, 2019

I am so lucky to have had Andre as a neighbor. He will be missed by our family. Love and peace to all who knew and loved him.

Vincent Cutrera

November 21, 2019

Second grade sleepovers. We were friends just because we sat next to each other in homeroom class. Kindness and friendship were always just that simple for Andre.

Claire Friedrichs

November 20, 2019

Andre came to interview with me in the worst stock market in a lifetime. He was such a remarkable young man, I begged to hire him ( in a hiring freeze). He made the cut and was hired...for the next 16 years he was a valuable, loyal team member, friend, and became like a son to me. I spent more time with Andre than my own boys! Even after he was diagnosed, he continued to ask how he could help ME. I always called him “ Grasshopper” and he told me “ you need a little lipstick” when conditions were difficult at work. We loved each other. He referred to me as his Co-Mama. Through thick and thin in the stock market... we stood together. God Speed, Grasshopper! You are in a better place. Come visit often, you are our Guardian Angel now!

Marc Fournet

November 20, 2019

Andre was a great athlete and even a better student and human being. He was a joy to coach and a fierce competitor . I will never forget we were playing Redemptorist at their field and we were winning handily so I put in the 7th graders including Mark and they kept their first team in the game and kept blitzing . Andre wanted back in to protect his brother.
God Bless

Jean Dugas

November 20, 2019

He was such a wonderful son. Thank you, all of you who posted, sharing your memories and love of Andre. You have helped us carry our cross and we are forever grateful.

Beth Utterback

November 20, 2019

Sending love from the WWOZ Family. We are so happy that Andre found so much enjoyment in being a Guardian of the Groove.

Gretel Jack

November 20, 2019

Dear Jean, Pam, John, Kathryn, Karen, Sacha and family,
I am certain I have never read a more beautiful or fitting obituary for your courageous and loving son, brother, uncle and friend. I had the privilege of sharing the NIH journey as you know with André, and always looked forward to spotting his radiant smile somewhere in that massive and clinical place, he stood out a mile and I always enjoyed spending time with him, whatever state we were in. I loved meeting you all, what a wonderful team you made. I was looking forward to your victory tour to New Zealand once we’d been cured, but that didn’t happen for either of us, or our friend Melinda, committed though we all were. Hopefully we helped Dr G, Dr Wu and team even if only in knowing what doesn’t work... My family and I are sending much love to you all from New Zealand, and thank you so much Jean and Pam for getting in touch, it feels like a really bright light has gone out in the world , though I am relieved for André that he is no longer in pain. Arohanui

FROM THE FAMILY