OBITUARY

St. Paul Bonin

February 2, 1936August 13, 2020
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ST. MARTINVILLE – A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted for St. Paul Bonin, age 84, at 10:30 am on Monday, August 17, 2020 at St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church with Fr. Bill Melancon officiating. Interment will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Coteau Holmes.

A gathering of family and friends will take place at Evangeline Funeral Home of St. Martinville on Sunday from 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm. A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 pm. The funeral home will re-open on Monday from 8:00 am until the service time.

A native of Loreauville and resident of St. Martinville, Mr. Bonin passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Iberia Medical Center.

Born on February 2, 1936 to the late Johnnie and Eunice B. Bonin, St. Paul was one of 7 children. He was a kind and caring man who enjoyed the simple life of country living. St Paul had a big and loving personality. He always had the biggest smile in the room and loved talking with people. He was known for making the rounds and visiting business and places in St. Martinville to visit and catch up with friends. The workers of the bank would say “Trouble is here!” when he walked through the door.

St. Paul was a hardworking man who never stopped. In his teen years he worked the cane fields, on a dredge boat, and in the saw mill. St. Paul even drove a school bus for the St. Martin Parish School Board for several years. He was perhaps best known as a carpenter. St. Paul was a very talented carpenter and loved woodworking. He made it into a career and helped to build many houses throughout Acadiana. St. Paul and his son would often work together, a passion which they both enjoyed deeply.

He knew how to relax as well and enjoyed dancing with his loving wife, Vernice, and listening to good Cajun music. He was a football fan and always pulled for The Saints! More than anything else, St. Paul enjoyed his family, especially when they were all together. He cherished all of his family-immediate and extended. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, St. Paul will be truly and deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Vernice Hebert Bonin; son, Earl “Pookie” Bonin and wife Gale of St. Martinville; daughters, Paula Bonin Boggs of St. Martinville, Darlene Bonin Baker and husband Richard of Loreauville, Ellen Bonin Calvit and husband Neal of St. Martinville, and Kellie Bonin Douet and husband Dean of St. Martinville; brother, Lester “Boog” Bonin and wife Lillian; sister, Jeanette LeBlanc; grandchildren, Will Boggs, Christy Pleasant, Misty Punch, Alison Barras, Earl “Davy” Bonin, Jr., Abigail Thomas, Abel-Paul Bonin, Caleb Bonin, Korie Arceneaux, Malorie Maturin, Mayo Baker, Taylor Douet, Abbie Douet, and Logan Douet; twenty nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

He is preceeded in death by his parents, Johnnie Bonin and Eunice Bonin; brothers, Jessie Bonin, Joseph Bonin, and Alvin Bonin; and sister, Ester Boutte.

Pallbearers will be Will Boggs, Davy Bonin, Caleb Bonin, Abel-Paul Bonin, Caden Lasseigne, and Gavyn Page.

Honorary pallbearers will be Neal Calvit, Richard Baker, Dean Douet, Rob Barras and Sam Thomas.

To view the on-line obituary, video tribute, and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.

Evangeline Funeral Homes, Inc. of St. Martinville is in charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Vernice Hebert Bonin, Wife
  • Earl "Pookie" Bonin (Gale), Son
  • Kellie Douet (Dean), Daughter
  • Darlene Bonin Baker (Richard), Daughter
  • Paula Bonin Boggs, Daughter
  • Ellen Bonin Calvit (Neal), Daughter
  • Lester "Boog" Bonin (Lillian), Brother
  • Jeanette LeBlanc, Sister
  • Johnnie Bonin, Father (deceased)
  • Eunice Bonin, Mother (deceased)
  • Jessie Bonin, Brother (deceased)
  • Joseph Bonin, Brother (deceased)
  • Alvin Bonin, Brother (deceased)
  • Ester Boutte, Sister (deceased)
  • St. Paul also leaves behind to cherish his memory grandchildren, Will Boggs, Christy Pleasant, Misty Punch, Alison Barras, Earl “Davy” Bonin, Jr., Abigail Thomas, Abel-Paul Bonin, Caleb Bonin, Korie Arceneaux, Malorie Maturin, Mayo Baker, Taylor Douet, Abbie Douet, and Logan Douet; twenty nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Will Boggs, Active
  • Davy Bonin, Active
  • Caleb Bonin, Active
  • Abel-Paul Bonin, Active
  • Caden Lasseigne, Active
  • Gavyn Page, Active
  • Neal Calvit, Honorary
  • Richard Baker, Honorary
  • Dean Douet, Honorary
  • Rob Barras, Honorary
  • Sam Thomas, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 16, 2020

  • Rosary

    Sunday, August 16, 2020

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 17, 2020

  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, August 17, 2020

Memories

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Sherrie Resweber

August 23, 2020

Kelly, Malorie & Family,

I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family at this sad time🙏

Connie Gudenrath

August 16, 2020

I first met Uncle Paul when I came to St. Martinville to visit my son & daughter in law, Barry & Lyn. Such a friendly, kind man. My thoughts & prayers are with his family.

Cathy Gudenrath

August 16, 2020

Jean, I am sorry for the loss of your brother. Mom often mentioned him after her visits. I pray you find comfort in the joy he brought to so many.

Tara Bonin

August 16, 2020

We all hoped that this day would never come. We will miss his laughter, his jokes and his dancing. His silliness with his great grandbabies and his words of wisdom to his grands. He had a love for life and family like no other. We will miss him so very much!! We love you Grandpa!!

Sylvia Gabler

August 15, 2020

I remember Paul's beautiful smile, and always seemed happy. Paul, could tell a Cajun joke, that you really laughed at, and later when you thought of it, you had another good laugh, He truly loved his family!

Anne Theriot

August 15, 2020

St Paul was so kind & witty . Sending my prayers to all of the family .

Janina (Nina) Savoy

August 15, 2020

St Paul and my birthday were a day apart. Once he found that out, whenever we saw each other, if it was before our birthdays, he would say “don’t we have a birthday coming up”. Or if after the dates,
“Well we made another year!”
I know my sister Gale, looks at him as her “second father”.... to the rest of her family he was like a favorite uncle at the very least. I know he will be missed and definitely remembered for his great smile and always happy manner. God bless him and may he Rest In Peace.

Danielle Laviolette

August 14, 2020

What a great man St Paul was. I will always remember his kindness and smile. Love all of you

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