Bernard "Ben" Abadie
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.
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Our deepest symathies to the Children, family and friends of such a GOD loving good man. May he rest in peace in the Graces of GOD. He was such a wonderful hard working soul and a joy to talk to. Damian is so fortunate that he got to attend a Tulane Game with the COACH that loved his TEAM.
REST IN PEACE, COACH
with love and prayers,
Lynda and Damian Lecompte, Wiegand Drive neighbors and friends .
Lynda LeCompte
August 30, 2011
As a former employee of the LSU AgCenter, "Coach" was always a regular client of mine. It was always a joy in helping him with his horticulture needs and he took pride in his garden. He used to call me just about every week with a question and sometimes just to talk. Unfortunately, I had to move last year and I miss his calls and conversation. God bless to you "Coach" and hit one for the gipper.... Brent Jeansonne
August 26, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathies. Coach was one of my mentors when I first started at Tulane and over the years. He had a passion and pride in his school that never wavered or dimmed. He always made me smile and proud to follow in his footsteps and legacy at Tulane. God Bless you Coach. Rest in Peace.
Vince Granito
August 26, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathies. May the God of all comfort, comfort and sustain you during this difficult time.
August 23, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to the Abadie Family. Rest in peace Coach.
Butch and Cindy Pracheil
August 23, 2011
We have only been neighbors for a little over 2 years but you meant a great deal to us and are deeply missed. Rest in Peace Coach.

Shawn and Patricia Touro, Nine Mile Point,LA
August 23, 2011
My father (Stan) worked at Tulane with Mr. Abadie for 40+ years and I remember as a kid watching the two of them play softball for the employee team. My father always had many good things to say about Mr. Abadie. He will be sorely missed by many in the Tulane Community!
Randy Hava
August 22, 2011
Rest in peace coach. Thank you for all your gardening advice over the years, you will be missed.
kerry and tres wegmann
August 22, 2011
We were sincerely sorry to hear of Coach's passing. He was "the captain" of our neighborhood. He surely watched out for us. We will miss him dearly.
Oscar and Jeri Davila
August 22, 2011
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