Lester "Black" Joseph Bourque

May 17, 1929August 31, 2021

NEW IBERIA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted for Lester Joseph “Black” Bourque, age 92, at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Fr. Garrett Savoie will officiate. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home on Thursday from 9:00 am until the service time. A rosary will be prayed by the Men’s Rosary Group at 11:00 am.

A native and resident of New Iberia, Mr. Bourque passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Iberia Medical Center.

Born on May 17, 1929 to the late John and Ada Desormeaux Bourque, Lester was one of 11 children. Black, as he was better known, was a kind and loving man who enjoyed the simple life of country living. Black liked being outdoors and could often be found outside camping or crawfishing. He loved having gatherings that centered around family, friends, and good eating-especially if it gave him a chance to have some BBQ or a crawfish and crab boil! He was a loving husband, a great father, and an adoring grandfather and great grandfather and will be truly and deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Shirley Comeaux Bourque; children, Ronald Bourque, Larry Bourque (Rachelle), and Katherine Bourque Menard (Stephen); grandchildren, Michael Trahan, Craig Bourque, Justin Bourque, and Charlie Odom (Paige); and great grandchildren, Callysta Jade Bourque, Mark Bourque, Daniel Bourque, Tara Bourque, Ace Bourque, Gemma Odom, and Emersyn Odom.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael James Bourque; ten siblings; and grandchildren, Ronald Bourque, Jr. and Kevin Bourque.

Pallbearers will be Larry Bourque, Craig Bourque, Justin Bourque, Michael Trahan, Charlie Odom, Stephen Menard, and Allen Boudreaux.

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Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.


  • Shirley Comeaux Bourque, Loving wife of 63 years
  • Ronald Bouque, Son
  • Larry Bourque (Rachelle), Son
  • Katherine Bourque Menard (Stephen), Daughter
  • Michael Trahan, Grandchild
  • Craig Bourque, Grandchild
  • Justin Bourque, Grandchild
  • Charlie Odom (Paige), Grandchild
  • Callysta Jade Bourque, Great Grandchild
  • Mark Bourque, Great Grandchild
  • Daniel Bourque, Great Grandchild
  • Tara Bourque, Great Grandchild
  • Ace Bourque, Great Grandchild
  • Gemma Odom, Great Grandchild
  • Emersyn Odom, Great Grandchild
  • John Bourque, Father (deceased)
  • Ada Desormeaux Bourque, Mother (deceased)
  • Michael James Bourque, Son (deceased)
  • Ronald Bourque, Jr., Grandchild (deceased)
  • Kevin Bourque, Grandchild (deceased)

  • Larry Bourque
  • Craig Bourque
  • Justin Bourque
  • Michael Trahan
  • Charlie Odom
  • Stephen Menard
  • Allen Boudreaux


  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 9, 2021

  • Rosary

    Thursday, September 9, 2021

  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, September 9, 2021


Lester "Black" Joseph Bourque

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Cheryl Harris DiBenedetto

September 7, 2021

I've had the opportunity for one reason or another, we had to spend the night. I remember waking up to the sound of French music. I couldn't understand the words but the music was very "Coonass" oops Cajun.
That's my favorite memory. Thank you for making a memory for me. Rest in Peace Uncle Lester. Your loving niece Cheryl 💕