Thomas D. “Tommy” Bourgeois Sr.

Thomas D. “Tommy” Bourgeois Sr.

April 16, 1958 — January 6, 2014
Thomas D. “Tommy” Bourgeois Sr., 55, a resident of Berwick, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Tommy was born on April 16, 1958, in Morgan City, the son of Alfred Bourgeois Jr. and Barbara Dupont Bourgeois.
Tommy served as a mentor, teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal during his 32 year career, including 11 years of service at Berwick High School and 12 years at Berwick Junior High School. He also served at Bayou Vista Elementary, J.B. Maitland Elementary and Central Catholic High School during his career. As a high school teacher and coach, Tommy served as a motivator and skillful guide for many baseball, basketball and football teams. This includes his Berwick High School basketball state runner-up team in 1994 and his football playoff team in 1996. He was profoundly dedicated to his students, faculty and colleagues in the face of a debilitating illness, which has given a source of inspiration and encouragement for individuals to face life’s challenges with dignity and courage. The St. Mary School Board and the community of Berwick have greatly benefited from the leadership and vision of Tommy as a committed advocate for education. He was a loyal educator who had a significant impact on countless young adults and fellow educators. Tommy was a member of the St. Mary Parish Principal’s Association, Kappa Alpha Order and a lifetime member of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Martha T. Bourgeois of Berwick; one son, Thomas D. “Beau” Bourgeois Jr. of Berwick; two daughters, Dru Hebert and husband, Carl, of Berwick and Kristen Bourgeois of Baton Rouge; one grandson, Carl “Tripp” Hebert III; one brother, Alfred “Al” Bourgeois and wife, Chere, of Gonzales; and three sisters, Kristi Bourgeois and husband, Guy Blasingame, of Lafayette, Jeanne David and husband, Teddy, of Addis and Babette Bourgeois and husband, Jamie Lavigne, of Humble, Texas.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred “Buddy” Bourgeois, Jr. and Barbara Dupont Bourgeois.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Danny Poche officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Twin City Funeral Home. Visitation will resume from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Cross. Entombment will follow Mass in the Morgan City Cemetery Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Tommy’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or The Miles Liner Foundation, c/o Twin City Funeral Home, P.O. Box 132, Morgan City, LA 70381.

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