Washington - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM for Joseph Hugh Soileau, Jr. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington, LA. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Mr. Soileau, age 78, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the Heart Hospital of Lafayette.
Hugh served his country proudly in the US Army Reserves for six years. He then attended college at Nichols State University where he received a Master's Degree in Mathematics. He was a teacher and coach for 35 years and spent most of his time at Sunset High School. He taught math and coached football, basketball and baseball. He also coached at the "Stars of Coteau Basketball Camp" for 25 years. In 1985 Hugh was given the honor and was awarded "Coach of the Year" for St. Landry Parish.
Hugh and Helen worked together as employees at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home for the last eight years.
Hugh was a parishioner and Eucharistic Minister at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Grand Coteau for many years. He was an outdoorsman all of his life. He loved hunting, fishing and traveling with his family. He also enjoyed going to history museums, watching westerns on TV, shooting hoops with his grandchildren and most of all spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Helen Taylor Soileau; his son, Robb Soileau, his daughters, Tammy Soileau Bryson and husband, Jerome; Carrie Soileau Reed and husband, Thomas and his brothers, James Soileau and Felton Soileau. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Heather Lynn Bryson, Luke Randal Soileau, Celeste Elizabeth Reed and Corban Edward Reed; his brothers-in-law, Earl Taylor and wife, Lee; Wayne Taylor and wife, Joyce and Harold Taylor and wife, Ammy; and sister-in-law, Kathleen Richard Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Hugh Soileau, Sr. and Bertha Marie Hollier; his son, Alan Todd Soileau; his in-laws, Herbert and Viola Fontenot Taylor and brother-in-law, Kenneth Taylor.
Visitation will be held in the Skip Montet Chapel in the LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A rosary will be prayed at 6:30 PM on Tuesday evening by Deacon Clayton Hollier. The funeral home will reopen on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM.
Pallbearers will be Felton Soileau, Robb Soileau, Luke Soileau, Jim Soileau, Greg Soileau and Thomas Reed. Honorary pallbearers will be James Soileau and Jerome Bryson.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA, 70570, (337) 942-2638, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Ms Helen, Tammy, Carrie, and Rob,
So sorry to hear about your loss. I wanted to be there but have been out of town. It has been a long time since I have seen y'all but I always think of you with love and affection. I had a good childhood growing up next door! Much love to you all. Cindy
Cindy FaltermanCleveland, TX
A great Coach to work with as a student and staff member.
Sorry for your lost. Prayers for Helen and family.
Suzanne Duos- ThomasSunset, LA
We just found out about Hugh’s passing. We are very sorry for your loss and will pray that God gives you and your family strength and peace during this difficult time. We have fond memories of him from Sunset High to being our neighbor for all those years ! God bless all of you!
Claire and Gio LeviLafayette, LA
So sorry to hear of your loss. He was an enjoyable person to be around as a teacher and football coach. R.I.P. Coach Soileau
Rod kidderOmaha, NE
Rest In Peace dear Hugh, I am blessed to have known you.
My deepest condolences to Helen and family; sending prayers and much love. God bless you all.
Becky PerezSchulenburg, TX
Dear Ms. Helen, Tammy, Carrie, and Robb: I am so sorry to hear about Coach's passing. I remember your family fondly (Felton too) when I think of my childhood days living next door to you. As my Algebra teacher for two years, he lightened class up with his cheerful smile, and he always seemed to have a twinkle in his eyes. Prayers and hugs for all of you during this time of great sadness.
Julie LaLonde RobinsonDenham Springs, LA
My deepest sympathy to Ms Helen and family. I am at ICU in Lafayette with a close family membet who is geavely ill. He was a good man.
David W. RichardOpelousas, LA
My deepest sympathy for Ms. Helen and all of the Soileau family. May God give you all comfort in the sweet memories share with Coach Soileau.
Rita Boudreaux TheriotSunset, LA
Dan and I are deeply saddened by the loss of ‘Mr. Hugh’ as we called him. He was a very kind man and a great role model to our sweet Grandson . It was a privilege to have known him and he will be remembered very fondly.
Dan & Dianne QuebedeauxArnaudville, LA
My thoughts go out to the family of Coach Soileau. He was my homeroom teacher and taught me Algebra. I remember him to be a very caring and thoughtful man. May God welcome you with open arms.....
Paulette Richard BenoitCankton, LA
Roy SoileauFLEMING ISLAND, FL
Please rest in peace, Cuz! So many years have passed since we last saw each other, but you, as well as the rest of my family have always been in my heart.
Jim HollierMarysville, WA
So sad and very sorry for your family's loss. Such a kind person and a great teacher!
Pam Cole FloydLake Charles, LA
Our deepest condolences to all friends and family. May God grant all of you divine consolation and peace.
Chris and Michelle Morrow and familyKrotz Springs, LA
Ms Helen - so sorry for your loss. May the Lord has his arms wrapped around you and your family. Coach was good teacher. He will be missed. My mom sends her condolence. Prayers and peace. Yvonne Boudreaux
Yvonne Boudreaux.Houston, TX
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Coach Soileau. I am one of probably thousands of student he taught at Sunset High, and like Coach Soileau very much. God bless his family at this difficult time.
Angie MecheSan Antonio, TX
Prayers to you all at such a sad and difficult time. Coach made many of us just a bit smarter and I have always been grateful. I still remember his songs to teach us the basics. Katherine
Katherine Trahan BegnaudKingwood, TX