Obituary of Henry Fred Thibodaux Jr.
Henry Fred Thibodaux Jr., a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on September 30, 2020 at the age of 80. Henry served in the Army National Guard for six years and served as a police officer for the New Orleans Police Department prior to starting Thibodaux Construction Company. He was humble, a true gentleman, and a hard worker who never really retired. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them every chance possible. Henry had a genuine love, care, and concern for people. He would help anyone, any way he could, often doing without so he could provide for others. He always had a kind word, joke, or funny story to share with anyone he encountered.
Henry was a Master Mason in good standing for over 56 years. He was a member and Past Master of Etoile Polaire Lodge #1 and plural member of three other lodges. He also served the Grand Lodge of Louisiana in numerous appointed offices and on numerous boards and committees. Henry was honored to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Masonic Learning Center of Louisiana Dyslexia Training Program. He was also a member of the Shriners in Destrehan and was a proponent of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. He was a strong advocate of assisting children and adults, especially those with learning, physical, or medical challenges. He wanted people to be happy and wanted to help them live the best life possible, no matter the obstacles they faced.
Henry is survived by his companion of 17 years, Kate Evelyn Marquez; two sons, Errol Thibodaux and Henry Thibodaux III (Rebekah); two daughters, Kathy Rizan and Rayann Melancon (Ted); seven grandchildren, Faren Rizan, Fallon Rizan, Roman Rizan, Megan Orgeron, Ashley Melancon, Blake Melancon, and Cameron Melancon; twelve great-grandchildren; former wife and mother of his children, Kathy Thibodaux; one brother, Calvin Thibodaux; one sister, Jeanette Fritscher; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and Kate’s two sons, Gary Brumfield (Julie) and Glen Brumfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Opal Thibodaux Sr.; sister, Opalmary Provost; brother, Johnny Thibodaux; granddaughter, Heather Rizan; and great-granddaughter, Caylee.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Visitation (adhering to social distancing guidelines) on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Audubon Funeral Home in Slidell. Masonic Funeral Rites will begin at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the Shriners Hospital for Children or a children’s charity of your choice. We are certain that this is in line with Henry’s last wishes, as he always preferred to help others. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.comTo plant a tree in memory of Henry Fred Thibodaux Jr., please visit Tribute Store
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