John Edward "Jack" Bride
1947 - 2020
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John Edward "Jack" Bride was born on May 16th, 1947 in Lake Charles, Louisiana to Helen and Francis Xavier Bride. He was the fourth of their eight children. He died on April 11th, 2020 at Our Lady of the Lake after sustaining a traumatic injury. Jack, or Papa Jack as he was more often known, leaves behind a roster of heartbroken friends and family members, and stories that could fill these pages. He graduated from Landry Memorial High School in Lake Charles in 1966 and completed pre-law coursework at McNeese University before transferring to Louisiana State University. He graduated with a Juris Doctorate from LSU in May of 1972 and was admitted to the bar in September of the same year. He worked with Legal Aid in Baton Rouge before setting up a private law practice in St. Gabriel, Louisiana where he lived with his then wife, Gloria Powers, now deceased, his two step daughters, Ashley Thom Lecky and Tiffany Thom Mitchell and his daughter, Jessica Erin Bride. The family saved and lived in an early Acadian cypress home built in the late 1700s - a house that Jack continued to call home until his death. After a few years of private practice and a divorce from Gloria, Jack went on to serve as assistant Public Defender for Iberville Parish for many years. He then returned to private practice although toward the end of his life he worked largely in contract work through the Department of Corrections and the Public Defender's office. He deeply believed that every person is entitled to a defense because the presumption of innocence is the backbone of liberty, no matter how large or small, how heinous or how minuscule the accusation is. He practiced defense law until his death. Jack's hobby was furniture building, and over the years he became a self-taught master of of the art. He found solace in woodworking and filled the family home with evidence of his passion which grew more sophisticated and refined by the piece. His final piece was a replica of a 150-year-old Louisiana armoire completed just weeks before his death. Jack was an intrepid traveler through his life. He worked his way through college working on oil rigs off the Alaskan coast, working as a deckhand on a tugboat plying the intracoastal canal, picking cherries in Washington and when push came to shove drove a motorcycle to and through Central and South America, although this would turn out to be a bad idea for many reasons. In his mid 30s he travelled the world with a friend who was travel writer for the Baton Rouge Advocate and their adventures where chronicled in numerous articles in this paper. He tried his hand briefly at restaurauteuring but by his late 40s he met and married Deborah Denise "Debbie" Blanchard and focused again on law. He was married to Debbie until her premature death in 2012. All the while he continued to practice defense law and continued to dote upon his true love - the home that he shared with his first and second wife, his daughter, his son-in-law and grandchildren, and friends. A home that hosted masquerade parties, weddings, funerals and a generation of friends and family. He is predeceased by his first and second wives, Gloria Powers and Deborah Bride (née Blanchard), his mother Helen, his father, Francis and his brothers Dr. Francis Bride and Thomas Bride, his sister-in-law Cynthia Bride and his sister Mary Anne Little. He is survived by his grandchildren, Teddy, Grace and Powers Bride Mayor, his daughter Jessica Bride and son-in-law Nicholas Mayor, his sister Patricia Byrd and brother-in-law Dr. Gerald Byrd, his sister Dr. Judith Bride and his brother Michael Bride all of Lake Charles, his brother James Bride of Austin, his brother-in-law Steve Little of Baton Rouge, as well as his nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by his step-daughters, Ashley Thom Lecky and Tiffany Thom Mitchell and their children. A memorial service will be held at 3pm on June 20th, 2020 at the family home. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in his name to The LSU Rural Life museum.

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Published in The Acadiana Advocate from May 23 to May 24, 2020.
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June 17, 2020
There was never a dull moment around Jack. Always a welcoming heart and a ready smile. Fond memories in costume and the trip to the mountains was truly "a trip" to never be forgotten. Thanks to all for sharing him with all of us. Annette Calkins Hebert
June 5, 2020
Jack was a true original. While, there are periods of his life that I didnt experience, the times in Sunshine when going to Jacks place made many a person smile, including myself and Juanita (whom I met there). Thanks for the good times, the serious discussions, the people who we met, and the memories. A generous, funny, and loyal friend.

Our deepest condolences to Jack's family and friends

Frank Perkins
Frank and Juanita Perkins
May 28, 2020
What an interesting life you lived. So nice to have been a small part of your journey. Rest well my friend.
Mary Ray
May 25, 2020
Enjoyed the overview of Jacks story. So sorry for all of the family. Rest In Peace Jack
Karen Strong Nelson
May 25, 2020
Dearest Cousins,
These past few months haven't been easy for you with the death of Francis and now Jack. We know their loss has left a tremendous void in your lives because both of them had such a powerful presence. We have some wonderful memories of them from their brief visits to Elkins Park and Ocean City and we know that in time, you, too will be able to reflect on those many occasions where love and laughter spread throughout your time together.
After reading Jack's obituary we were awed by all of his accomplishments but we know that his families love was his most prized possession. We think Jack's legacy will be reflected in his many adventures, his evolution as a furniture maker and his life lived on his terms. He was truly a Renaissance Man.
We send to the entire Southern Delegation of the Bride family our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with your during these difficult times.
Much love to all our southern cousins,
All the Elkins Park Bride's...Jeb, Duffy, Kathi and Chuck
Duffy Bride
May 25, 2020
Jack was an incredible person. I have many childhood memories from spending time at his house in Sunshine and him at our house in BR. My deepest sympathy to his family including Jessica, Tiffany, Ashley, his beloved grandbabies, nieces and nephews, and to all the friends who loved him. He will be missed.
Angie Hauser
May 24, 2020
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May 24, 2020
The Bride family, Jack, Tom and Cindy, Jim. They were all part of the JJ Laplace and Sons clan. Friends and influences on me as I was growing up and working there.
May 24, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Carol Hawkins
May 24, 2020
Jackie was a great friend of my brother Jim Carmouche. He always made us laugh when we were kids. He had a VW Beetle with a sun roof and a siren. As he would leave the house he would poke his head out of the sunroof and sound the siren. My sympathy to the whole Bride family. Bimbo was one of my best friends. I am sorry we have all lost touch but my regards to everyone, Betty Carmouche Lott
May 24, 2020
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