I am proud to introduce you to my father, Clifton Charpentier, through his obituary and some treasured photographs. Thank you for helping me honor his life in this way, and thank you for your patience with me while I am here in Louisiana for just a bit longer.
* * * * *
Clifton “Cliff” Charpentier, 91, died peacefully in his sleep early Sunday morning, June 10, 2018, at The Consolata Home in New Iberia. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for a number of years.
Cliff began his career in carpentry at eight years old under the tutelage of his late uncle, O’Neil Guillotte of Jeanerette; continued construction work in the US Navy Seabees for eleven years; built numerous homes in Franklin, Baldwin, and Charenton; adorned many houses with custom cabinetry and furniture; and switched to fishing commercially in the 1970s.
Over the years, Cliff’s love of animals led him to raise quail, pheasant, fish, rabbits, chickens, domesticated birds, and ducks as well as German shepherds, his beloved beagles, Cricket and Honey, and his sugarcane-field rescue, Hobo.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-three years, Joland Hebert Charpentier; daughter, Patricia Charpentier and her husband Bob Guerrette of Orlando; sister-in-law, Flo Charpentier of Charenton; special nephew who was like a son to him, Harry Charpentier and his wife Roxanne; goddaughter Belinda Charpentier Lucas of New Iberia; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, family members, and friends.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Charpentier and Martha Simoneaux Charpentier; and two brothers, Lucien “L.J.” Charpentier and Clarence “Tu Blanc” Charpentier and his wife, Marie.
Serving as pallbearers will Bob Guerrette, Harry Charpentier, Dustin Charpentier, Steve Gentry, Chuck Guillory, and Glenn Naquin.
Visitation will be held at Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc., 1007 Main Street, Franklin, Louisiana, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Friday, June 15 and at Immaculate Conception Church in Charenton Saturday, June 16 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Father Cedric Sonnier will officiate a funeral mass and burial in the church cemetery.
Joland and Patricia Charpentier invite all Cliff’s family and friends to join them at a reception in Jud Hall after the services.