Calvin James Leleux

January 20, 1945April 13, 2019

Calvin James Leleux, a native of New Iberia and a long-time resident of Berwick, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 13, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 74.

Calvin was an avid golfer, outdoorsman and excellent cook. He was a devoted father, husband, grandfather and friend. He loved playing poker with his Monday night poker pals and loved the companionship with Dennis, Nick, Jimmy, Dwalyn, Mike D and Mike T. He was an avid LSU, Saints, and Los Angeles Dodger fan for 50+ years. Calvin loved spending time with his family and having cook-offs with his sister-in-law Helen and brother-in-law Sonny. Calvin was a brilliant engineer and boat builder at both Sewart Seacraft and Swiftships for over 50 years and loved his coworkers and employees. His business partners, Shehraze and Khurram, were like adopted sons that he cherished like his own son. He began his career as an engineer and worked his way up to ownership through his hard work and dedication. He developed relationships around the world traveling to over 70 countries and placing marine vessels in over 50 countries. Prior to his career in shipbuilding, he was a member of the United States Air Force and worked in the space program.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 51 years, Barbara Leleux, his son Jeff Leleux and spouse Angelique, his daughter Michelle Denning and spouse Sean. He also leaves behind three beautiful grandchildren that he loved very much, Anna Marie Leleux, Luc Joseph Leleux, and Jacob Lee Denning, one brother, Donald Leleux and one sister, Dorothy Oubre.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Anna Leleux; and two brothers, Doris Leleux and Earl Leleux.

Pall bearers will be Sonny Baudry Jr., Rene Baudry, Vernon Overturf, Sean Denning, Ibrahim Aglan and Dennis Taylor.

The family requests that a time of visitation be observed on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 9:00am until time of services at 12:00pm at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Berwick. Following services Calvin will be laid to rest in the Morgan City Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Carmelite Monastery 1250 Carmel Dr. Lafayette, LA. 70501, St. Stephens Catholic Church, Berwick Junior High School or Berwick High School.

Arrangements under the direction of Hargrave Funeral Home.


  • Barbara Leleux, Wife
  • Jeff Leleux, Son
  • Angelique Leleux, Daughter-in-law
  • Michelle Denning, Daughter
  • Sean Denning, Son-in-law
  • Anna Marie Leleux, Granddaughter
  • Luc Leleux, Grandson
  • Jacob Denning, Grandson
  • Donald Leleux, Brother
  • Dorothy Oubre, Sister
  • Francis Leleux, Father
  • Anna Leleux, Mother
  • Doris Leleux, Brother
  • Earl Leleux, Brother


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Calvin James Leleux

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Russell Creppel

April 16, 2019

Just heard of Calvin's passing and if not living as far away as Pam and I are now would have made his services. Pam and I have always thought highly of Calvin, Jeff and all the fine people of Swiftships. He will definitely be missed.

Duval Arthur

April 16, 2019

Berwick has lost a good friend, his family has lost a great Husband, Father, and Grandfather. May the Lord please Bless Calvin and his family as they share this great loss. Rest In Peace Calvin.

Debi Busbice

April 15, 2019

Barbara, I'm so sorry for your loss. Calvin was a great man who now is at peace with his Lord. Prayers for you and your family. I know Roger would be more eloquent, but you know why he's unable to respond.

Ken Blount

April 15, 2019

I am saddened by the loss of a dear friend. In knowing this was our mission in life as practice for the time that God calls for a final sailing, I see thankfulness in knowing one of the kindest gentlemen I have had the joy of knowing. This man was a motivator and a essential part of the fabric of that City called Morgan, and he will be sorely missed. His mentor of those new to ship and boat building was one of patience, and he proved that patience was indeed a great virtue to have, weathering world events, and the evolution of technology in boat building. I admired his tenacity in business as well as his resilience in the fickle river that brought flood and the occasional feast to the city. Calvin's history lessons from the wood planks in the wall of the Shipyard office, to the reason there is an 'x' in Leleux were repeated with the calm-in-a-storm voice that I am sure was honed by years of patience walking the fairways. Such a man played such a round at Atchafalaya it was easy to see how he enjoyed life's events, and how we met the challenges. Calvin met his life's adversaries and adversities with the same sureness as the seasoned Captain he became. It is fitting Calvin finished the Final Round of his life on Masters golf weekend, on a day with a few surprises, and Calvin's walk up Life's 18th Fairway is greeted by his Lord with many tasks ahead. I will miss the wit, humor and certainly wisdom of my good friend Calvin, This will be a common message to hear i am sure on Tuesday in this Easter week, and the other word shall be God blessed us with a very nice man, for too short a time, but it was in fact a true pleasure to know Calvin Leleux. God give you Peace and Rest.