Hugh Anthony Dufour
Hugh Anthony Dufour
  • December 16, 1923 - May 4, 2017
  • West Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - Hugh “Huey” Anthony Dufour, left us peacefully on Thursday, May 4, 2017 with family at his side in Columbia, S.C. having lived a remarkable and faithfully Catholic life of 93 years.

He is survived by his daughter, Annette Matyniak; son, Bruce Dufour; grandchildren, Amy Murphy, Melissa McLean, Steven Dufour, Nicole Dufour, Michael Dufour, Brian Dufour, Daniel Matyniak, Emily Harris, Nathan Dufour, Lori Matyniak and Catherine Matyniak; as well as ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Lester and mother Blanche of Moreauville; his sisters Marie Donahue and Doris Knatzer; and brothers Larry Dufour and Lester Dufour, Jr., all of New Orleans; his son, Steven Wray Dufour of Jacksonville, Florida; and his beloved wife of 32 years, Laurell Wray Dufour of Blackfoot, Idaho.

He was born in New Orleans but was raised in Simmesport by his treasured Aunt Anita and Uncle “Bud” Seeling along with his cousin “Tapper” Hebert. He flourished in Simmesport playing high school sports, the tuba in the band and graduating Valedictorian of his class in 1942. After graduation, he left home to join the Army and was one of the early members of what became the U.S. Air Force serving until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in February 1965. He returned to Louisiana and made his home in Alexandria close to his cousin Tapper. He then began his second career with the Louisiana State Health Department serving his people until retiring in 1985.

After his retirement, Hugh loved traveling all over the world to visit his many family members and friends. He worked tirelessly at home, and his yard was renowned for its beauty and manicured upkeep.

Hugh was a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church where he served joyfully as an Usher and participated in many church sponsored events. In 1997, he was presented with the Salt and Pepper Award from the Diocese of Alexandria through Catholic Community Services for Exemplary Stewardship in Church and Community.

In January 2015, Hugh moved to Columbia, S.C. to be closer to his daughter, Annette, and was blessed to spend his final years surrounded by family.

A Mass will be held on June 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Alexandria followed by a celebration at the Church and the sharing of Huey’s life and his contribution to all of our lives.

He will then join his wife, Laurell and son, Steven in his eternal resting place at Alexandria Memorial Gardens on June 24, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to send memorial flowers is encouraged instead to donate to your favorite charity in Hugh’s name.

Our family wants to thank all of you for your kind words of support and love during this time, and for being our friends over all of these years.

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