Whitney Baccigalopi

October 3, 1927January 11, 2014
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Whitney Baccigalopi 86 passed away, with his wife at his bedside, Saturday, January 11, 2014.

He was born October 3, 1927 in Oak Grove. Whitney loved life, his family and his community. He was a long time resident of Grand Chenier where he was actively involved in Farm Bureau (Past Cameron Parish President, La Board of Directors), JP Boudoin Sr Council #3014 Knight of Columbus (Past Grand Knight), Msgr Cramers Assembly Council #1207 4th Degree Knights, Mosquito Control Board (over 30 years, Past President), Cattlemen Association, VFW, American Legion, and St. Eugene Catholic Church (Council Board). He was a WWII Army Veteran where he served in the Philippines as part of the 2868th Engineering Utility Detachment. He was recently featured as a “Hometown Hero Patriot” on KPLC. For many years he worked in the oil industry and in 1967 he went to work at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge until his retirement in 1993, where he was instrumental in transporting the endangered brown pelican from Florida to Louisiana costal area.

After retirement, he was able to devote more time to the joys of his life: cooking for community and family gatherings where his barbecue and rice dressing became legendary, growing vegetables and raising chickens and ducks, and sharing his bounty with friends and neighbors who seldom departed without a bag of vegetables or a dozen eggs. Whitney was also known for his great sense of humor and could be quite the prankster. He took great joy in cooking for his family and for others, especially his rice dressing.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Lorine Sturlese Baccigalopi. His surviving children include his sons Adam Gooch Baccigalopi and wife Cathy of Manvel, Tx; Robert Emile Baccigalopi and wife Frances of Houston, Tx.; JC Baccigalopi and wife Nancy of Grand Chenier, La; daughters Dorothy Louise Falkenberg and husband Henri of Liege, Belguim; Mary Katherine Basco and husband Francis of Creole, La; Elougia Laurana Myers and husband Billy of Youngsville, La; Joyce Ann Baccigalopi of Lake Charles, La; Tina Marie Baccigalopi of Lake Charles, La. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren: Scott Baccigalopi, Stephanie Baccigalopi Wilds, Dodie Baccigalopi Resendez, Angel Baccigalopi Lozano, Skeeter Baccigalopi, Jeremie Falkenberg, Noemi Falkenberg, Dr. Angela Guidry, Nickie Guidry Blakley, Obra Baccigalopi, Kristin Baccigalopi Saltzman, Karrie Baccigalopi, Lanette Baccigalopi Prejean, Alecia Myers, Corey Myers, Megan Hiatt, and Morgan Hiatt and 17 great-grandchildren: Corynne Baccigalopi; John, Benjamin, and Kate Wilds; Robert and Riley Resendez; Sophia, Joshua, and Matthew Lozano; Dalton Guidry; Ryan and Ethan Blakley; Colton, Amberlee, and Aiden Saltzman; Trystanlee Baccigalopi; Lillyan Baccigalopi; and Harlie Hiatt. He is preceded in death by his parents Clopha and Louise Baccigalopi; siblings Anna Mae Miller, Lydia Guillory, Joseph Baccigalopi, Marie Bertrand; and Sidney Baccigalopi; and an infant son.

His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Grand Chenier. Rev. Richard Uche will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Sweet Lake Grand Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will resume at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Julie LeBlanc

March 27, 2014

Elougia I came across your Fathers Obituary so sorry for your lost... Your old friend from Camp Maryhill Julie Broussard LeBlanc

Roger & Angel Baccigalopi

January 15, 2014

Mr. Whitney was a great man and will be missed by many people. Our prayers go out to his family.

Betty, Thomas & Sandra McCall

January 15, 2014

Our condolences to the whole family. Mr. Whitney was a great neighbor and freind. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Justin Olguin & Family

January 15, 2014

Our condolences & prayers go out to the Baccigalopi family in their loss.

Carolyn Hebert

January 14, 2014

I know God will comfort the family. I feel bad for Megan, Morgan, and Harlie, for they are my grandchildren and grandparents are so special to them. God bless and comfort all the rest of the family, especially Loraine, It is truly hard for the wife. Carolyn Hebert

January 14, 2014

Our condolences to all the Baccigalopi family and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. May he rest in peace. So sorry for your loss. Janie & Jimmie Resendez Houston,Tex.

Karen Mhire Burchfield

January 14, 2014

God has another angel and I have fond memories of a great man. It is with regret that I am unable to be there to bid him good-by at his final resting place. Mrs. Lorine and family may God wrap his arms around you at this difficult time. My heart hurts for all of you.

Edith Rutherford Gauthreaux

January 14, 2014

Please accept our condolences on the passing of Mr. Whitney. Your family is in our prayers. He was a great man and a giving person. R.I.P. Sir..

Diana (Miller) Pursel

January 14, 2014

Miss Loraine, I am so sorry you have lost your partner in life. My Mom, Martha Mhire Miller probably was there with others to greet him at the gates. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

Norma Guillory

January 13, 2014

My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family. I will always remember when Tina brought me to meet you.