Thomas Francis Bonnecaze, Sr., 81, a native and resident of Baton Rouge, LA passed away at home after a long illness on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, Thomas was a retired heavy equipment salesman. His later years were spent at the Red Stick Farmers Market for 15 years and commonly known as Papa Tom with Bonnecaze Farms. He was a member of St. Louis King of France Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lucille Thompson Bonnecaze; children: Stacy Ann Bonnecaze Rosenblum, Robin Bonnecaze Crichton, Ronald Thomas Bonnecaze and wife Dot Poole Bonnecaze, Daldridge G. Bonnecaze, Thomas Bonnecaze, Jr., and William E. Bonnecaze and wife Dawn Annette Bonnecaze; 8 grandchildren: Rosemary Hamilton Sweeney, Dianna Bonnecaze, Ricky Bonnecaze, Blake Bonnecaze, Rachel Ann Lalond, Robert Crichton, Brittany Bonnecaze Cruz, and Brandi Bonnecaze; 7 great grandchildren: Alexia, Alenia, Alecia, Nichole, Billy, Mallory, Rick Ron, and Taylor Grace; sisters: Marjorie Bonnecaze Pino, and Dorothy Bonnecaze Sellers Guillory; brother Henry Y. Bonnecaze and wife Beth; and many beloved nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents Edward J Bonnecaze, Jr. and Anna Katherine Bonnecaze; and brother Edward J Bonnecaze III. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 5pm until 9pm and continuing on Friday, May 10, 2013 from 8am until time of services at 10am. Interment will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Henry Hal Bonnecaze, Ricky Bonnecaze, Blake Bonnecaze, Buddy Dupuy, Robert Crichton, and Danny Sellers. Condolences may be left for the family at www.greenoaksfunerals.com.
Published in The Advocate from May 8 to May 10, 2013