John "Coach Menard" Louis Menard
June 25, 1974 – June 7, 2019
The family of John Louis Menard, known best as Coach Menard, sadly announces the passing of their loved one on Friday, June 7, 2019 after a courageous battle against cancer. Coach Menard was 44 years old and left a beautiful legacy of family, love, and laughter.
Coach Menard was a graduate of Berwick High School and later began his career there as a math teacher and coach. With hard work and dedication, he later became the Assistant Principal at that same school. Coach Menard loved his professional career of guiding students and would share his talents with the recreational sports in St. Mary Parish. Coach Menard also taught at both New Iberia Senior High and Morgan City High, until his illness. In both sports AND life, Coach Menard guided and taught the students of our area for 20 dedicated years. Coach Menard adored teaching young men and boys all sports, especially baseball. However, one year he did share his talent with BHS Girls Basketball. Coach Menard passed his love for sports and baseball to his son who is following in his footsteps. Quiet until you got to know him, Coach Menard had a beautiful spirit and personality that drew others to him. His laughter and wit, brought many smiles to those around him. His strength and his faith made others stronger. His compassion and presence brought comfort. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, brother, and friend to so many people and leaves a legacy that will continue forever in the lives he touched.
Those left to cherish Coach Menard's beautiful memory are his loving wife of 18 years, Nichole Lemoine Menard; his cherished children, Clay Thomas Menard and Mallory Claire Menard; his furbaby, Sport; his father, Herbert Menard; his two sisters, Cindy Dugas and her husband, George, and Doris Barbier and her husband, Brian; his brother, Nathan Menard and his wife, Denese; his mother-in-law, Ellen Lemoine; ten brothers & sisters in-laws, Shawn, Denise and her husband, James, Amy and her husband, Tristan, Bernadette, Kristen and her husband, Jade, Philip, Felicia and her husband, Jason, Patrick, Rachel and her fiancé, Seth, and Mark. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an unborn child; his mother, Winifred Menard; his nephew, Casey Galloway; his father-in-law, Glenn Lemoine; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
The family requests that a time of visitation be observed on Monday, June 10th, 2019 from 6pm until 9pm with a rosary being prayed at 7pm at Hargrave Funeral Home. Visitation will resume at Hargrave Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 8am until time of dismissal. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Coach Menard on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 11am at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with Monsignor Douglas Courville officiating. Following services, Coach Menard will be laid to rest in the Berwick Mausoleum.
Acting as pallbearers will be Neil Barbier, Earl Galloway, Brian Barbier, Nathan Menard, Greg Grizzaffi, Kenny Williams, Paul Guilder, and Brandon Bravata. Honorary pallbearers will be two of his godsons, Reid Perkins and Hayden Menard.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers that his family, friends, and community please bless others, as Coach Menard & his family were blessed, by paying it forward in his memory to other individuals battling cancer.
- In Coach Menard's Memory bless others who are battling cancer by paying it forward.
- Visitation Monday, June 10, 2019
- Rosary Monday, June 10, 2019
- Visitation Tuesday, June 11, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, June 11, 2019
- Graveside Tuesday, June 11, 2019
John "Coach Menard" Louis Menard
June 10, 2019
So sorry to hear the news. My heart aches for the family. Prayers being sent to help you and the family through your time of great sorrow. Love you all . Haven't seen you since that Thanksgiving but think of all of you often.
June 7, 2019
Thoughts and prayers for his family friends and coworkers at this difficult time.. Coach Menard will always be remembered and have a place in everyone's heart who knew him.. He was such a great coach, teacher, and mentor.. I remember being in his math class years ago.. Such a happy and funny guy..
June 7, 2019
John is squarely tied into some of the best memories of my life, and I'll always remember him fondly for that. I'm thankful that our lives crossed paths and that he had a part in showing me how to love, coach, and be coached.
He was able to positively effect so many through his coaching - probably more than any of us will ever fully understand - and I think that's one of the greatest things we can ever say about someone.