Obituary of Paul "Pops" Mahoney Lagasse Jr.
Paul “Pops” Mahoney Lagasse Jr., of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on March 12, 2020 at the age of 80. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 5, 1940 to his loving parents Una Margaret Schlumbrecht and Paul Mahoney Lagasse Sr. Paul was the beloved husband of April Lagasse for the past 54 years. He was the loving father of Terri Lagasse Neyrey, Paul Mahoney Lagasse III (Linda), Michele Lagasse (Jennifer), and Daniele Lagasse Palen (Chad). He was the adored grandfather of Nicole “Niki” Butler (Brad), Tracey Coulter (Mike), Brendon “Tiger” Paul Lagasse, Catherine Lagasse, and Ally Neyrey. He was blessed to be the great-grandfather of Jesse Coulter, Carson Butler, Madison Butler, and Colston Coulter. He was preceded in death by his “older” sister Beverly Lagasse Manzella (Johnny). Paul enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and had a successful career as a self-employed general contractor. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, cooking, and drinking in his spare time but loved nothing more than spending time with his family and had a special place in his heart for animals.
Now that the formal stuff is done, let’s get real. To try and put someone larger than life into words is nearly impossible but I will try. He was an asshole who could make you laugh, cry, and scream almost simultaneously. He was a hero when you needed one and a pain in the ass when you didn’t. He was as stubborn as they come when he set his mind to something and only those who understood him could change it. His love for you was everything you needed and he showed it constantly with insults, criticism, support, smiles, hugs, and the “occasional” instruction on how to do it better. He could irritate every last nerve you had then smile and make it all better. If you were lucky enough to have met him, you understand this larger than life man will never really die because he has left an impression on every person he has ever spoken to. If you were ever called an asshole or stupid or told to “get a life” by him, you were loved. If you ever listened to him tell a story, you are lucky and if you ever called him your friend, you understand that Paul Lagasse hasn’t left us, he just moved into our memories. He would hate the tears and he would curse our stupidity but he would tell us, “I told you this was my last rodeo and if I tell you it’s Easter, dye your eggs.”
A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Audubon Funeral Home located at 61101 Highway 11 in Slidell. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul’s name to The American Cancer Society of New Orleans or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com
Celebration of Life
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