James Thomas Guglielmo of Opelousas died Sunday January 21, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Visitation will be held on Thursday January 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church with a Eulogy to be delivered at 10:45 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. by Rev. Msgr. Keith J. DeRouen. Rite of Committal and internment will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery.
James Guglielmo was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1937. He was the son of Hilda Roussel Guglielmo and Joseph Francis Guglielmo, Jr. He graduated from Lutcher High School. He attended Louisiana State University and graduated from Louisiana State University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1963. In law school, he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award.
James practiced law in Opelousas for over 55 years. He was a founding member of the law firm of Guglielmo, Lopez, Tuttle, Hunter and Jarrell. James was passionate about his work as an attorney. He was principled and fierce. He worked until the time of his death because he loved it. He had vast experience in trial work in both the Federal and State courts. He had a special interest in toxic tort and environmental litigation primarily relating to oil and gas properties. He also participated in several large construction litigation cases. Over the years he represented many of the major insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies, as well as small businesses. He was a member and past board member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and a longtime member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. He was admitted to practice before all of the State and Federal District Courts in the State of Louisiana as well as the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
James was a Parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church and especially enjoyed the choir concerts. James was also an accomplished pianist. He was an avid and devoted Louisiana State University Tigers basketball and football fan.
James is survived by his loving wife of thirty seven years, Mary Janet Neher Guglielmo, daughter Elizabeth Picard and her husband Tyron of Lafayette, a son James Thomas Guglielmo Jr. and his wife Regine of Oberwaldhausen, Germany, a daughter Marjorie Lacaillade and her husband Peter of Wellesley, Massachusetts, a stepson, MacAllynn Achee of Franklin, Tennessee, a stepdaughter, Laura Achee of Charlotte, North Carolina, and nine grandchildren, William Picard, John Picard, Anna Guglielmo, Samuel Guglielmo, Franka Guglielmo, Rose Lacaillade, Reid Lacaillade, MacAllynn Achee, and Caroline Achee. He is also survived by his brother Francis X. Gugliemo and his wife Barbara Denham Guglielmo of Baton Rouge, sister-in-law Dr. Nancy Neher of Baton Rouge, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilda Roussel Guglielmo, and Joseph F. Guglielmo Jr., brother Alfred Roussel Guglielmo and his wife Sharon Earle Guglielmo, as well as his first wife Rosemary Gowan Guglielmo.
Pallbearers will be James Thomas Guglielmo, Jr., Tyron Picard, John Picard, Peter Lacaillade, MacAllynn Achee, and Francis Guglielmo. Honorary Pallbearers will be the partners of the law firm of Guglielmo, Lopez,Tuttle, Hunter, and Jarrell and friend, Ray Clement.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to consider a memorial donation to Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church Choir Fund or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570 (337)-942-2638 has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
My sincerest condolences to the family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Charlie BoudreauxPilot Point, TX
Sincere condolences to the family of JTG. I have very fond memories of James during the time I worked for the law firm. Truly a very good man.
Frankie BertrandOpelousas, LA
My deepest sympathies . Maureen
Maureen WimberlyEugene, OR
Foxy and I are so sorry that we did not know about the funeral until tonight. We are praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.
Linda DenhamBaton Rouge, LA
Mary Janet and Family
Karl and I were so sorry to hear of James' death. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
Judy and Karl Ventre
Judy and Karl VentreLafayette, LA
Judy and Karl VentreLafayette, LA
So sorry about your loss of James. Such a fine man who was passionate about all he did. My sympathy to your entire family. as I do know Elizabeth and Tyron.
STAN HARDEEPO BOX 457 KAPLAN, LA
Dear Mary Janet and family, you all have our heartfelt sympathy in your loss.Please know you are surrounded by our prayers in your time of sorrow and grief. May God grant you peace and comfort.
Dale and Cheryl LafleurOpelousas, LA
Our condolences to the family. Sorry for your loss.
Matthew BordelonHouston, TX
Dear Mary Janet and Family,
My Brother Jim and I are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Please find comfort in John 14:1 (KJV)
Let your heart not be troubled: ye believe in God and believe in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go there to prepare a place for you.
And if I prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Barbara BullardPasadena, CA
Mary Janet, Tom, Elizabeth, Muffin, MacAllynn and Laura, I am thinking of you all so much and send love and light to you... Mr. James was always so kind and loving to my family and me. We loved him and will miss him dearly...he was a true gentleman and example of how to be one's best self in the world; I admired him greatly. Please know that my prayers are with you all. With love and hugs, Rosalie
Rosalie BenitezMalibu, CA
Mr. James was such a sweet man, and I know he will be greatly missed. I have such fond memories of him, some over 30 years old, and he was always a source calm in the storms of play dates, sleep overs, speeding tickets and teenaged hijinks! I know his intelligence, sweet demeanor, and big smile will live on through his children and grandchildren. You are all in our thoughts...
Elizabeth Landry HolmesDallas, TX
My sincere condolences to the family. May God be with each of you at this most difficult time.
Cindy PrejeanScott, LA
Ms. Mary Janet, Muffin and Laura -- you have all been on my mind and in my heart since I heard about Mr. James last night. I have such fond memories of spending time at your house when we were in prep school and later seeing Mr. James at all of our sporting events in high school. He always had a smile on his face and just seemed to be amused by our antics. He always had kind words for all of us. Sending you all hugs and prayers during this time, Emily
Emily Bacque Da SilvaWashington, DC
Tyron and Elizabeth, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim was one of the great lawyers in our time and will be missed much.
Joe Giglio, Jr.Lafayette, LA
Mary Janet, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Marilyn & Kenny DeJeanSunset, LA
Sorry for your loss. He was such an intelligent, thoughtful man
Kim DakinSunset, LA
Mr Guglielmo was one of my patients when I worked in the doctors office. He was always so nice and interesting to talk to. I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for the family.
Cherie TweedelChurch Point, LA