OBITUARY

Arthur Andrew Bertucci, Jr.

October 28, 1935June 7, 2021
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Arthur Andrew Bertucci, Jr. (better known as “Bud” to his family, “Spivy” to Audrey’s family, and “Pops” to the rest of the world) passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Bud was the beloved husband of the late Audrey Stubbs Bertucci, son of the late Arthur Andrew Bertucci, Sr., and beloved son of the late Clara Newman DesForges.

Bud is survived by his loving sisters, Judith Bertucci Ulm (Frank), Mary Ann Bertucci Muscarello (late Peter), and Sue Ann Bertucci Lacour (Michael), and brothers, Robert Bertucci (Judith) and Ronald Bertucci (Lisa). He is also survived by his devoted friend, Debbie Dorand, his loving nephew, Christian Frost, and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins, and a multitude of loving friends.

Bud was pre-deceased by his sister, Barbara Bertucci Duncan, brother-in-law, Warren Duncan, brother-in-law, Peter Muscarello, mother-in-law, Elizabeth (Mama Liz) Bayer Stubbs, and brother-in-law, Leo Stubbs.

Bud was born and raised in the Carrollton section of New Orleans, moving to Metairie in the 60’s where he resided until his death.

Bud was a man of deep faith who was tough on the outside, but soft on the inside. His heart was double the size of his huge stature – a generous guy who helped scores of those who needed his assistance throughout his life. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him!

Bud/Pops truly lived his childhood dream of becoming a police officer. He was a member of the New Orleans Police Department for 37 years retiring at the rank of Lieutenant. Upon his first retirement, he immediately joined the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Harry Lee where he worked as a Nighttime Supervisor for 15 years retiring as a Colonel in 2010. Those 52 years were not a job; they were his passion. He was an incredibly young man when he began his career; however, as his career progressed after many, many years and the men under him became younger and younger, he was tagged with the nickname “Pops” which was his most treasured nickname!

Bud was a proud veteran who treasured his memories of serving his country in the U.S. Army. During his lifetime, Bud/Pops was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Police Mutual Benevolent Association (Vice President and Board Member), Veteran Police Officers Association, Municipal Police Officers Association, Retired and Disabled Police of America, New Orleans Police Department Credit Union (Board Member), Elks, Louisiana Horseman Breeder’s Association, Horseman’s Benevolent Protection Association, Police & Firemen’s Insurance Association, and Masons (Perseverance Lodge #4 and Dante Lodge #174).

During his police career, Pops served as the Police Security Coordinator for: the Louisiana Super Dome, the University of New Orleans (UNO) Arena. UNO Baseball, UNO Basketball, Zephyrs Stadium, and the Theatre for the Performing Arts. His expertise in the field of security was unparalleled.

Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home on Monday, June 14, 2021, from 5:00PM until 7:00PM. The visitation will continue on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 beginning at 11:00AM. The Funeral Mass will follow in the chapel of the funeral home at 1:00PM. The interment will follow the Mass at Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

To view and sign the guest book, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 14, 2021

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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Kathleen Bourdet Shields

June 19, 2021

My sister Marilyn and I grew up next door to ‘the Bertucci’s.’ We lived at 8708 Oak St. , they were at 8706. What a wonderful place to grow up! There’s not a time in my memory of Buddy as a kid when he wasn’t wearing that happy-go-lucky smile. Those were care-free days!
After they moved away, over the years I’d hear from Barbara of Buddy as well as many other friends who had lived on Oak St and in the old neighborhood.
The last time I saw Buddy was many decades later. He was an older man, in Mater Dolorosa Church attending his sister Barbara’s funeral. In spite of all the years in between, when he turned at my calling out “Buddy” he was still wearing that boyish grin from ear-to-ear. I know it came from the inner, loving man who walked life’s journey well.
My heartfelt sympathy to Judy, Mary Ann and all of you, his devoted family and closest friends for your loss. May he Rest In Peace.
Although he lead a full life and was happy elsewhere, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not living in his mansion up yonder - on a street called OAK!
Sincerely,
Kathleen Bourdet Shields

Mary Fleetwood

June 18, 2021

Pops was a Good Man always ready to help other's when he could. Henry & Mary Fleetwood thought the world of Pops.

He will be missed.

Mary Fleetwood

Lance Bayer

June 15, 2021

Spivey was one of very few positive male role models in my life. At 54 I still often remembers the fun times with him and Audrey at their house for the summers. Will always cherish those memories. You will be missed by many. Love you Spivey and rest in peace.

Alan Raphael

June 15, 2021

Pops headed security at the Superdome, UNO Lakefront Arena, and Maestri Field for more than a thousand events I put on during my career including Ringling Bros. Circuses, Disney on Ice shows, UNO Basketball, UNO Baseball, early Zephyrs baseball, and Winn-Dixie Showdowns with excellence and flair! That was his profession. But, when I somehow lost my cell phone in the dense crowd at Pat O's on a Saturday before Mardi Gras, who got it and brought it to my door....none other than Arthur Andrew Bertucci, Jr.! Yes, the "AA" helped...it was the first name listed on my phone, but few would have made the extra effort to return it! He was truly one-of-a-kind! REST IN PEACE, POPS!!!

Alan Raphael

Henry Aschebrock

June 14, 2021

Pops “Buddy” Bertucci my friend and brother for almost 50 years. We were as close as brothers. I cant begin to express how close we were over the years and can’t express my gratitude to Debbie for the kindness and care she bestowed on Buddy during some of the roughest years of his life. Linda and I will never forget him or Debbie for the sacrifices she made to take care of him. You are so missed but I know you are in a better place without all the pain. All our love

Jean Dimak

June 12, 2021

Buddy was the dearest friend that the Dimak family had. He was one of a kind in many ways. May you Rest In Peace. I know Steve, Sr. (Foots) will be so happy to meet you in Heaven. You will be missed not only by us but hundreds of people who loved you. You will always have a special place in my heart Buddy. I will always love and miss you my dear friend. Jean Dimak

Jack Woodruff

June 12, 2021

Buddy:

It was a joy and a pleasure just knowing you, not to speak of the
Pleasure working with you. Our joyous memories will remain with me, as though it were yesterday.
My deepest condolences to Debbie and the Family.
Jack Woodruff

Eddie Compass

June 12, 2021

Pops
The memories Henry, Jack, and I shared with you were some of the most special of my life. You were a man that gave more than he took and loved unconditionally. Your love of life was contagious and you made all of us better. You were a lifelong friend who I will miss , but the memories I shared with you will last a lifetime. May you Rest In Peace my friend much love and respect.
Eddie Compass

Raymond Genovese

June 11, 2021

Pops,

our memories of you shall never fade. You always spoke up for your subordinates, coached us and disciplined us when needed. We are forever grateful of your leadership.

Rest In Peace, Good Sir!

Rachel Glover

June 11, 2021

I remember "Pops" from such a long time of go. We met when he was NOPD and I worked the DMV. He always had a smile and always thanked me every time he came in. I worked the Zephyrs as a ticket taker, part time, so imagine my surprise at seeing him there. We hugged and talked a few minutes until the gates opened. He was also so kind and generous. He would sometimes tell me a joke and he always had a good hearted laugh. I always made sure to pick up the phone when he would call. I will miss Rachel, this is Pops! I hadn't realized how long it's been since I first met him. My prayers to the family that they find peace and know that we will all see him again.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

1937 Bud's love for horses began!

FROM THE FAMILY

1938 Bud & Barb - only 18 months apart!

FROM THE FAMILY

1940 Bud with our mom peeking behind him. She was ahead of her time - photobombing this photo. Bud was recovering from an eye injury. They had taken in a stray to find its owner, and the German Shepherd bit him in the eye. Thankfully, his eye was spared!

FROM THE FAMILY

1945ish Mardi Gras - Bud (the sailor), Barb, Aaron (our brother-in-law's brother) in back row with Frankie (our cousin) and Judy in the front row.

FROM THE FAMILY

1945 - the Oak Street gang! Bud is in the back row middle with all of his neighborhood friends and sisters (Judy in front row with the short dress : ) and Barb directly behind her). LOTS of great memories in our Carrollton neighborhood!

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1946 - Bud peeping through the iron fence. His friend, Malcolm, is holding the dog with Judy sitting on the chair.

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1948 - Bud in the middle of Priscilla Hidalgo (who also lived in the 8700 block of Oak St and remains Judy's lifelong friend) and Judy. Bud is holding his Easter Rabbit!

FROM THE FAMILY

1949 - Bud with sister, Mary Ann, in front of our home at 8706 Oak Street.

FROM THE FAMILY

1940 - Bud photographed on a pony. Everyone who grew up in the 40's has a photo on one of those ponies!