Bernard “Ben’ Abadie, a retired director of Tulane University Intramural Sports and former Tulane varsity baseball coach passed away on Friday, August 19, 2011 at the age of 89 years.
He was the beloved husband of the late Norma Dowell Abadie . He was the devoted father of Julia Ann Abadie Nuzum and Dr. Ben Richard Abadie (Carolyn Brown Abadie) of Starkville.
He was the son of the late Edna Emma Miller Abadie and Bernard Cyrille Abadie. He was the brother of Alida Gennusa (Frank) and Hortense LaCava (James Perrin). He is survived by former wife, Janet Russell Abadie and sister-in-law Margie Russell Rader. He is 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 was 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. He also 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 will begin at the church at 10 a.m.
Interment will be at Metairie Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 2405 River Rd., Jefferson, LA 70121, the American Red Cross, 2640 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119 or the Family Service of Greater New Orleans, 2515 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119.
Please visit and sign the family guestbook at http://www.lakelawnmetairie.com .