Bernard "Ben" Abadie, a retired director of Tulane University intramural sports and former Tulane varsity baseball coach, passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at age 89. He was the beloved husband of the late Norma Dowell Abadie, devoted father of Julia Ann Abadie Nuzum, and Dr. Ben Richard Abadie (wife Carolyn Brown Abadie), of Starkville, Miss., son of the late Edna Emma Miller Abadie and Bernard Cyrille Abadie, and brother of Alida Gennusa (Frank) and Hortense LaCava (James Perrin). Also survived by his former wife, Janet Russell Abadie, and sister-in-law, Margie Russell Rader. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved Tulane Field of Dreams players. Ben's athletic talents were first noticed at Holy Name of Jesus School. Ben was a four-sport letterman at Fortier High School and a three-year Tulane varsity baseball letterman and played professional baseball. He received the Tulane University Intramural Sports Emeritus Award and was inducted into the Tulane University Athletic Hall of Fame and the New Orleans Diamond Club Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the Tulane University Emeritus Board and ran the concessions program for Tulane University and the New Orleans Saints at Tulane Stadium. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial funeral Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005 on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. Visitation begins at the church at 10 a.m. Interment at Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society
, 2405 River Road, Jefferson, LA 70121, The American Red Cross, 2640 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119 or Family Service of Greater New Orleans, 2515 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119 would be appreciated. Please visit and sign the family guestbook at www.lakelawnmetairie.com
Published by The Advocate on Aug. 23, 2011.