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Obituary: Local coaching legend Buddy Marcello dies - Baseball 47-49, Football 46-49 - 8/30/2020

Chris Singleton

The Courier, Sept. 1, 2020


Legendary local football coach Lucas Joseph “Buddy” Marcello has died.

Please click here for the story in The Currier which was also posted in the Daily Advertiser.

Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.

Marcello played Baseball 47-49 and Football 46-49 after serving in the Navy from 1943-46 during WWII.

Click here for Buddy's Athletic Network profile.

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Lucas "Buddy" Marcello

May 21, 1925 - August 30, 2020

May 21, 1925 - August 30, 2020

Lucas Joseph “Buddy" Marcello, age 95, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.  He was a lifelong resident of Houma, LA and parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Chauvin Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. with burial following in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery #2.

Buddy is survived by his daughter, Gina Marcello Foret, and her husband, Jimmy; grandchildren, Jaime Lucas Cadle, Sharon Clifton and husband, Danny, and Jane Morella and husband, Murray; great grand-grandchildren, Micah Joseph and June Elizabeth Clifton, and Norah Jane Morella. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Margaret "Irma" Marcelle Marcello; Parents, Lucas Michael and Archangel Thibodeaux Marcello; brothers, Ray Salvadore Marcello, Sr., and Curtis John Marcello, Sr.

Buddy was an enlisted member of the 112th Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) from June 1943 until March 1946.  Upon discharge from the Navy, Buddy attended ULL, formerly Southwestern University, where he played quarterback and 1st baseman.  Upon graduation, he began his decades long coaching career by establishing the athletic program at St. Francis de Sales Boy’s School (1950-61). While there he led the Terriers to seven state baseball titles and one football championship. Buddy moved to South Terrebonne High School when it opened in 1961. He coached the Gators’ baseball team for ten years and football team throughout his twenty years on the bayou. 

Buddy will be missed and fondly remembered by all whose lives he touched. Watching football games will never be the same without him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis de Sales Cathedral or School, Tunnel to Towers.org, Wounded Warrior Project.org, or your favorite charity.

Chauvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the Marcello family.

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