While wrapped in the love of his family, the earthly life of Bernard F. "Red" Robert, Sr., peacefully slipped away on June 18, 2018. Born to the late Elise Cire Robert and Benoit Robert in McCall, Louisiana on December 6, 1933. He was 84 years old.
His large family included four elder siblings, Curtis (deceased), Irby "Red", Herman "Whitey", Marion Guercio and younger siblings, Eugene "Genie", Clara Ann LeBlanc and Agnes Daigle (deceased).
Red married Josephine Guercio in 1954. They initially lived in the White Castle/Donaldsonville areas, later moving to Baton Rouge, La. This union produced one daughter and two sons, Maria Robert Peterson (Pete) and two sons), Bernard, Jr (Kimberlynn) and Michael (Anita). Red was a dedicated, involved father, attending church with his family, serving as a member of the Knights of Columbus, coaching his sons' ball teams, taking family vacations, fishing and loving his family fiercely.
In mid-life, Red married Barbara Adams Stevens, moving to Baker, La., and inherited an additional family, Kathy Stevens Austin (Joseph), Bruce Stevens, Kellie Stevens and Rebecca "Becky" Stevens Behrens. They were taken into his heart, loved and cared for along with his original family. The result of both families combined gave them, 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Patriotism, being an important part of this man's life, led him to serve from 1952 to 1960 in the National Guard of Louisiana and as an Army Reservist.
All his adult, working life was spent as a residential and industrial electrician and was a member of the I.B.E.W. Local Union #995 and the National Electrical Contractors Association for a number of years.
Though normally a quiet, simple, uncomplicated man, Red dearly loved being in the middle of a boisterous group of fun loving family and friends. His passions were varied and endless. He loved practical jokes and pranks. In his spare time, he could be found boiling crawfish, playing cards, fishing, watching LSU and Saints ball games, camping, gardening and indulging in numerous other activities dear to his heart.
After retirement, he became the self-appointed neighborhood watchman, spending uncounted hours in his front yard swing keeping an eye on his territory. There were daily walks to the subdivision pond checking on the resident ducks. He could also be found in his shop indulging in woodworking projects, crushing cans for recycling, once accidentally crushing a finger, or getting into whatever mischief he could conjure up. There were many days spent at his fishing camp and trips taken to the coast.
This extraordinary man gave and received endless love and acceptance with an open heart. His eyes shone with pure, innocent pleasure and he gifted us with the most adorable fun-loving smile anyone could ever hope to witness.
Our loss and grief are immense, monumental and beyond words, but, hopefully, as time passes, they will be replaced by our wondrous memories.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Hospice of Baton Rouge or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.
Our heartfelt appreciation and love go to Dr. Rudy Manalac, long time family physician and friend, and Charmaine, our own special hospice nurse, for their comforting care, advice, concern and hugs. They were our go-to people. They, along with our countless understanding friends and family, enabled us to overcome many hurdles and moments of despair during the last long, difficult months. Blessings to all of them.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for visitation at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker, LA, on Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until the service begins at 1:00 p.m. officiated by Reverend Tom Bougher. The graveside service with Military Honors will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Baker, LA.
The online guestbook may be signed by visiting www.bakerfuneralhomeonline.com.