John Wilson Bertrand, Sr., a musician of extraordinary talent and a remarkable soul, has left an indelible mark on the hearts of many. Born in Evangeline, Louisiana, on September 5th, 1941, John's incredible journey through life was filled with passion, creativity, and an unwavering dedication to his craft. On September 4th, 2023, John passed away peacefully at his home in Louisiana, leaving behind a legacy that will resonate for generations to come.
John's musical prowess was evident from an early age. As a young boy growing up in Evangeline, he discovered his love for music and began honing his skills as a musician. With each passing year, John's talents flourished and his passion for music became an inseparable part of his identity. Throughout his illustrious career as a musician, he enchanted audiences with his mesmerizing performances and captured the hearts of countless individuals.
In addition to his remarkable musical accomplishments, John served bravely in the Army. His time in the military instilled values of discipline and selflessness that carried through every aspect of his life. John's commitment to serving his country was yet another testament to his character and unwavering dedication.
Beyond the realm of music and military service, John was revered as a compassionate individual who touched the lives of those around him. He possessed a gentle demeanor that drew people towards him effortlessly. With sincerity radiating from every conversation he engaged in, John made everyone feel seen and heard—truly exemplifying what it meant to be a great person.
John's passing leaves an immense void in the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. However, it is important to remember that we are not alone in mourning this profound loss but surrounded by cherished memories that will forever be imprinted upon our hearts.
A visitation will be held on September 8th, 2023, at Sibille Funeral Home in Port Barre, Louisiana. The visitation will commence at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 9:00 p.m., providing an opportunity for friends and loved ones to pay their respects to John one last time. Following this, a prayer service will be held at the same location, starting at 7:00 p.m. and concluding at 7:30 p.m. This prayer service will serve as a moment of solace and reflection for all who gather to bid farewell to a beloved soul.
On September 9th, 2023, the visitation will resume at Sibille Funeral Home from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., providing an extended opportunity for those unable to attend on the previous day. Finally, a Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Port Barre, Louisiana, on September 9th, beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m., concluding at 2:00 p.m. This Mass will be a celebration of John's life—a testament to the profound impact he had on all those fortunate enough to have known him.
John Wilson Bertrand, Sr. leaves behind a cherished and devoted family who loved him dearly. He is survived by his daughter Janet L. Bertrand and his son John W. Bertrand, Jr. of Opelousas. Their lives have been forever enriched by the love and guidance he bestowed upon them.
He also leaves behind his adored grandchildren—John G. Bertrand of Port Barre, Kristin M. Bertrand (Eric) of Opelousas, and Matthew I. Bertrand (Jane) of Opelousas—as well as his great-grandchildren Wyatt K. Chautin, Kallen G. Chautin, and Lilia G. Bertrand—each one a testament to the beautiful legacy John leaves behind. And also, his loving sisters, Dora B. Morris of Denham Springs, and Ethel Marie Fogleman (Fred) of Bunkie.
John is preceded in death by his loving wife, Theresa T. Bertrand, parents, Elive Smith Bertrand Ryder and Joseph Felix Bertrand, brothers, Richard Wayne Bertrand, Joseph Marion Bertrand, sister, Lurline Phurn Bertrand, brothers-in-law, Joseph Raymond Morris and Paul Sylvan Fontenot, and one sister-in-law, Branda Bertrand.
Words of Comfort for the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Port Barre.