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John Chiasson

1952 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
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John Clay Chiasson

LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 23, 2013, at a 1:30 PM Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, for John Clay Chiasson, 60, who died on Saturday, August 17, 2013 in Nashville, TN.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Reverend Bryce Sibley, Pastor of Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church in Lafayette will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Reverend Chester Arceneaux, Rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette will Concelebrate. Lectors will be Stephanie Greenfield and Mary Anne Golon. Giftbearers will be his nieces and nephews. Karen Broussard, soloist, accompanied by Tom Niel, organist, will sing "Ave Maria", "Here I Am Lord", "Pie Jesu" and "How Great Thou Art" for the services.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, Maureen Bare Chiasson of Nashville, TN; three sisters, Jill Jordan and her husband Ralph, Gay Hopkins and her fiancé Robert Mitchell, all of Lafayette and Julie Chiasson and her husband Bruno Borsari of Winona, MN; two brothers, Matt Chiasson of Lafayette and Bruce Chiasson and his wife Tracy of Abbeville; his beloved dog, Isabelle "Izzy" Jacqueline; mother-in-law, Rita Bare of New Iberia; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard Elmo Chiasson and Mary Jane Lanclos Chiasson; and father-in-law, Paul Bare.

John Clay Chiasson was born on September 3, 1952 and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. After receiving a BFA from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), he joined the Peace Corps, which brought him to Africa. The experience of teaching English to fourth and fifth graders in Burkina Faso, made him eager to explore the continent, which he did: as a photographer-film director in Niger, as a West African correspondent for the photo agency Gamma Liaison, as a freelance photographer living in New York City, and as an independent traveler. His photographs have appeared in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Time Magazine and Newsweek and have won several awards for his work. He also published a book, "African Journey", which incorporated photographs of his travels throughout Africa.

He married the love of his life, Maureen, on August 2, 1997 and resided in Nashville, TN. John was very involved in the local and national music business, photographing musical legends for numerous album covers. He was an accomplished guitarist and enjoyed the many jam sessions he had with local musicians both in Lafayette and Nashville. His favorite past times were playing golf and interacting with the wildlife in his back yard. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially his nieces and nephews. John will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Pallbearers will be Matt Chiasson, Bruce Chiasson, Ralph Jordan, Peter Greenfield, Jr., Stuart Ottinger, Mike Conder, Gavin Duke and Hampden Mepham.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jake Chiasson, Dwight David, Christian Golon, David Conrad, Jack Spencer, David Maxwell, and Bobby Dean.

The family requests that visitation be observed in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN Lafayette location on Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Friday from 8:00 AM until time of service. A Rosary will be prayed by Reverend Jules Arceneaux on Thursday at 6:00 PM in Martin & Castille Funeral Home.

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Martin & Castille-DOWNTOWN-330 St. Landry St., Lafayette, LA 70506, 337-234-2311

Published in the The Advertiser from Aug. 21 to Aug. 23, 2013
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