The funeral will be on Wednesday January 12, 2022, at a Christian burial mass at 10:00 am at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Lafayette for Coty Reginald Dupre ‘, Sr., 94, who passed away peacefully surrounded by his wives , loving family and their guardian on Sunday January 9, 2022, in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Dupré family will be welcoming visitors to Martin & Castille’s Southside location on Wednesday from 8:00 am to 9:30 am. Interment will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park cemetery in Opelousas, Louisiana. Reverend Connor Poirrier, parish vicar, will celebrate funeral mass and conduct funeral services. The homily will be Reverend James Brady, pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church. Bearers of the gift will be Renee Dupre ‘Dugan, Ellione Comeaux, Amily Castro, Dana Ehrenwerth, Katy Dupre’, Haley Thevis, Caroline Merryman and Ava Dupre ‘. Survivors include his 72-year-old wife, Wilda Chachere Dupre ‘, five children, Coty Reggie (Marie) Dupre’ from Opelousas, Louisiana, Roland Kent (Janet) Dupre ‘from Henderson, NV and Lafayette, Louisiana, Mitzi Gail Dupre’ of Lafayette, Louisiana, Mary Kay Dupre ‘of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Dawn Marie (James) Merryman of Lafayette, Louisiana; her grandchildren, Renee Dupre ‘Dugan, Ellione Comeaux (Brian), Amily Castro (Jarred), Dominic Dupre’ (Mollye), Dana Ehrenwerth (Justin), Seth Dupre ‘(Lorlee), Katy Dupre’, Reece Merryman, Haley Thevis (Hunter) and Caroline Merryman. In addition, Mr. Dupre ‘is survived by nine great-grandchildren, Patrick Dugan, Katherine Dugan, Charles Ehrenwerth, Louis Ehrenwerth, Ava Dupre’, Coty Comeaux, Emma Kate Dupre ‘, Edith Dupre’ and Perry Dupre ‘; one brother, Bobby Dupre ‘(longtime partner Vicky) of Opelousas, Louisiana; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Cornelius Dupre ‘and Jeannette Ortego Dupre’; a brother, John Raburn Dupre ‘, Sr., and a niece, Simone Dupre’. Coty was born in Mondeville, near Grand Prairie, Louisiana, on April 25, 1927. His father, Cornelius Dupre ‘, arrived in Louisiana as one of the many children on the “orphan train” from New York. Coty graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1944, enlisting in the United States Navy at the age of 17. He serves as a Leading Seaman on the USS Topeka and works in Japan, China and other Pacific theaters of operations. After the war, Coty attended SLI (ULL) and graduated. with a Bachelor of Arts in Agriculture in 1950. That same year Coty married Wilda Chachere on March 19 and their marriage lasted 72 glorious years, producing five children. Soon after their marriage, Coty began his career in business. with the FHA in creating and entering into agricultural loans. After three years, Coty began his 35-year career with Canal Refining Company as a salesperson. He was promoted to General Sales Manager and soon after became Vice President. Ultimately, he became president and served in that capacity for many years. His goal was to make Canal a solid independence in the downstream oil and gas industry and with his unique vision and marketing style he achieved this goal with tremendous success. Many Acadiana residents will certainly remember Canal’s television commercials featuring Coty promoting the Canal brand and other miscellaneous products. In 1988, he retired from Canal, making the transition from his career in the transport / logistics industry as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dupré ‘Logistics. Coty’s business acumen and authentic style of building business relationships have proven invaluable to Dupre ‘Logistics. Beyond his commercial activities, he played a decisive role in many organizations in the Acadian community. He was one of the first organizers of the 1st National Bank of Opelousas, which eventually became an entity of JP Morgan Chase. Coty was a devout Catholic and served on the board of St. Landry Parish Church and later as president. He was a member of Elks Club Lodge 45 in Opelousas, served on the board of directors of the Grand Harbor at Krotz Springs, and was a life member of the American Legion. He was a member of many organizations in the oil and gas industry, including LOMA, Independent Refining Association, and National Petroleum Refining Association. Besides his many professional accomplishments, Coty was also a loving father and mentor to his children and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. A constant theme in Coty’s life was kindness, generosity, integrity, honesty, compassion, understanding and kindness. These personality traits formed early in life and have remained steadfast throughout Coty’s life. As Dennis Prager once quoted, “Kindness is about integrity of character, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, etc. More than anything else, it is about how we treat others “. Coty embodied all of this and more… it will be his legacy. The bearers will be Seth Dupre, Dominic Dupre, Reece Merryman, Brian Comeaux, Justin Ehrenwerth and Hunter Thevis. Honorary bearers will be Jarred Castro. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be sent to Hope for Opelousas (330 E. Madison, Opelousas, La, 70570), Orphan Train Society, Inc. PO Box 729, Opelousas, La. 70571 or the organization charity of your choice. Consult the obituary and the guest book online at www.deuil.com. Martin & Castille-Southside-600 E. Farrel Road, Lafayette, LA 70508, 337-984-2811.
Published by The Acadiana Advocate on January 10-12, 2022.