René "Buddy” J. Lazare, Jr.

March 18, 1927June 9, 2021

Rene J. “Buddy” Lazare, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at the age of 94. Beloved husband of the late Paulette Lazare, father of Kim Faught (David) and Bryan Lazare (Sandra). Grandfather of Bailey Faught, Peyton Faught, and Samantha Rousset (Robert). Great-grandfather of Clifton Rousset. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Gay Lazare and numerous nieces and nephews. He graduated from Jesuit High School and Loyola University. Buddy served in the Army during World War II. He was an employee of Wesson Oil Company for more than 30 years. He also served as the Business Manager at Archbishop Hannan High School and the Business Office Manager at Stuart Hall School for Boys. For more than 35 years, Buddy was the Business Manager at Ecole Classique – a position he held at the time of his passing. He was a proud graduate of Jesuit – Class of 1943. Buddy was an avid and passionate supporter of Jesuit’s athletic teams. He was present at a large majority of the Blue Jays’ athletic events for more than 50 years until his death. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 6500 Kawanee St. in Metairie on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will begin at St. Philip Neri at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Lake Lawn Park. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in remembrance of Rene J. “Buddy” Lazare, Jr. to Jesuit High School. The family invites you to share fond memories and condolences online at


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Barbara & Ronald Mc Donald

June 29, 2021

Had known Rene several years before starting to work with him at Wesson Oil in 1954. He was always a special friend and person and had many good laughs, even after office closed in 1980. Many employees met every month and had great Christmas luncheons, Paulette would joins us which was very nice. Enjoyed knowing him and he will certainly be missed! My sympathy, love and prayers to Bryan, Kim and families! May God Bless - Barbara Satterley Mc Donald

Ray Decedue, Jr,

June 18, 2021

Heartfelt condolences to Mr. Lazare's family. He was always so upbeat whenever we interacted. I always laugh thinking about his response when I would ask him how he was doing. He would reply, "Ray, you can't kill bad grass." Obviously, he was high quality. We are witnessing the end of a unique generation that can never be replaced with the loss of the Federicos and Mr. Lazare.

wally scott

June 16, 2021

My condolences go out to the Lazare Family. I have many fond memories of sitting in his office listening to his sports stories during my time at Ecole Classique. He will truly be missed by the Ecole, Jesuit, and New Orleans sports community.

Gary Gandolfi

June 15, 2021

If son Bryan, a gifted reporter and writer, did the obituary for Mr Buddy, it seems he left it brief for us to help. Therefore, in addition, here has passed the longest living Blue Jay sophomore in our Alma Mater’s history... permanent sophomoric exuberance his entire life. We all attended more JHS events with Buddy than anyone else. We all enjoyed his banter and cheering and even as we “matured” and were less enthusiastic about our teams play by play, Buddy was a continuum of energetic commentary (sometimes, cringe, heckling obnoxiously other teams fans coaches umps refs players in general). He was alone in his degree of fan fanatics. He offered no quarter and he asked none. Just like when we were all bullet proof sophomores with unabashed love for our school and our fellow Jays. At a playoff baseball game in recent years across the lake he was enjoying our win and riding the other team. We had to mingle with their crowd to leave the venue. You could feel the tension; the other parents had enough. A mother finally couldn’t contain herself. “You’re a terrible influence for these young people; you’re a poor sport loud rude and obnoxious” there was more to follow but she hesitated and checked for her confederates to be beside her nodding. They were. Buddy was squaring to her as she continued “you’re an immature old man!” Buddy now facing her public completely looking past her, not an amateur in this scenario, replied in his jet-engine decibel voice “we beat your soccer team today too.” Once I was buying a ticket at the gate and he said hi and passed then stopped turned and came back and said, “you should have season tickets. Why don’t you go tomorrow and get them?” On the field on the court in the stands crowd cheering band playing cheerleaders yelling over it all we could hear Mr Lazarre on almost any down. Now a final farewell to the sophomore in us all, here’s to Buddy Lazarre, sophomore class mate to us all. gsg’73

Bobby Desjardins

June 15, 2021

I will miss " Buddy" from the sporting events especially Jesuit baseball, and football . So sorry for your loss to Bryan and family. Buddy is in a great place looking down upon us all. R.I.P.

Kerry Redmann

June 14, 2021

Wow, what a guy! A true Blue Jay in every essence of the name!

He was our #1 cheerleader, especially in baseball. I never saw Mr. Rene without a smile. The Good Lord kept him around to bring joy to us all! My sincere condolences to Bryan, Sandra and all the family. Stay safe!

Kerry Redmann, '72

David Satter

June 14, 2021

Growing up across the street from Mr Buddy, had no idea how big a fan he was of Jesuit High School. Learned quickly as I began to umpire their baseball games. Think most high schools would love to have someone like him on their side of the field for the many years he was there. Will certainly miss the "hey 33" as I take the field for a Jesuit game. My condolences to both Bryan and Kim, you dad will be missed.

Mike McGill

June 13, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Mr. Lazare's passing. He was always a kind, considerate man, not only to me but my son Matthew.
I remember "Buddy's" time at Jesuit, when I would watch my friend Steve Mang and his brothers play basketball at Jesuit.
May Mr. Lazare rest in peace, and offer my condolences to his family, the Jesuit family and the family at Ecole.

Mike McGill
(504) 256-3157

Bill Feaheny Sr.

June 13, 2021

Buddy was an incredible man whose infectious smile brought joy to all around him. He was always upbeat and a compassionate and caring person. We had many fun times together, as kids and late into adulthood. I had the honor to call Buddy 'friend' for over 82 years. In 2018, Buddy actually skipped a Jesuit game to join me for my 92nd birthday! God willing, we will meet again.

Dr Greg Domecq

June 13, 2021

Buddy Lazare is truly a New Orleans Legend!
But more so as his stature as perhaps one of the greatest Jesuit fans ever, he was even a better person. "Nuggie" as Coach Trower referred to him, was a fierce competitor but always had a sense of fairness, a sense of humor, and was always a class act- win or lose. I remember Buddy dangling a bottle of cough medicine over Don Maestri's chair at Holy Cross one year with the message "Don't Choke" on the container. Buddy was always good fun and was a loyal friend. I haven't seen Buddy in 35 years, but he has always been part of stories when I talk with New Orleans friends. Rest in peace...unless you and Bill Orkus get into some heavenly cheering competitions.