Wayne Raymond Richard 1914 - 2005


BIRTH: 1913 08 06 Patterson, St Mary Parish, LA [SSDI] FATHER: Joseph Junius Richard MOTHER: Hilda Chiasson SIBLINGS: Anna Nell Richard b.1919 Virginia Richard b.1922 MARRIAGE: celibate CHILDREN: no issue VOCATION: Roman Catholic Priest MILITARY: unknown RELIGION: Roman Catholic DEATH: 2005 01 04 New Iberia, Louisiana, age 91 INTERRED: Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia
1937 Letter from Wayne at sea

Author notes: Julie' Villien Miller scanned the original letter and sent copies of the four pages to the author. I read it carefully and sent her the following email message.

Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2006 08:53:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Wayne Hepburn"
Subject: the letter from wayne
To: "Julie'"

thanx for sending me the letter.
all the clues are in it.

1) on 1st pg 2nd paragraph the writer says the soup is like "seminary soup"

2) he mentions a girl who reminds him of actess ZaZu Pitts [1894-1963] setting the time frame

3) one paragraph is dated Tuesday Sept 21, St Matthew's Feast Day. Sept 21st occurred on a Tuesday in 1937 [the day before I was born on 22nd].

4) Wayne Richard was born in 1914 and at age 23 would have been in seminary or just graduated.

5) Hitler was not yet threatening Atlantic sea lanes in 1937 so travel to France was still popular. He and Johnny planned to go from LeHavre to Paris. I checked the newspapers for the ordination but did not see any John in them.

6) the signature is cut off but the WA is wayne.

best, the other wayne

ps .. i was named for him. my mother was enthralled with her cousin who was her same age.

Wayne Hepburn PO Box 50095 Sarasota FL 34232

web site = http://www.himandus.net
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The Four Page Original Letter

1939 Return from France

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 

Name: Wayne Raymond Richard 
Arrival Date: 5 Oct 1939 
Estimated birth year: abt 1913 
Age: 26  Gender: Male  
Port of Departure: Le Verdon, France  
Ship Name: Shawnee  
Port of Arrival: New York, New York  
Nativity: Louisiana  
Line: 1  
Microfilm Serial: T715  
Microfilm Roll: T715_6406  
Birth Location: Louisiana  
Birth Location Other: Patterson  
Page Number: 18  

1940 Wayne Ordained a Roman Catholic Priest

Author notes: cousin Julie' Miller also sent this clipping from a newspaper, presumably the Lafayette Daily Advertiser, announcing Wayne's ordination into the clergy.

The article ran on May 15, a Wednesday in 1940. The ordination must have taken place on May 18. This was determined by using the date Sunday May 26 when the other new priest would sing his first mass in Kentucky. 1940 is th eonly year in their era in which May 26 falls on a Sunday. Wayne had just returned in 1939 from completing his studies in France, then finalized his seminary work in New Orleans at Notre Dame Seminary on Carrollton Avenue.]

[Personal note 1: The (') mark after Julie's name is her way of helping people realize her name is not sounded in English fashion as Jooly but en Francaise as Joo-LEE.
Personal note 2: I was named after Wayne Raymond Richard. My full given name is Wayne Ballard Raymond Hepburn.]

1999, 2000 - Still Performing Religious Duties

Though retired, Monsignor Wayne still officiated at some funeral services, to wit; these obituaries found via a Google search:

Nina Marie Gates -- Lafayette, LA
Funeral services were held at a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 19, 1999, in Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers for Nina Marie Gates, 37, who died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, at University Hospital in New Orleans.

The Rev. Monsignor Wayne Richard, retired, was the celebrant of the Mass and conducted the funeral services.

Helen Ruth Elberson
Funeral services will be held at a 2 p.m Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 6, 2000, in the Delhomme Bertrand Chapel of the Flowers for Mrs. Helen Ruth Lyons, 81, who died Saturday, November 4, 2000, at Baton Rouge General Hospital after a long illness.

Rev. Msgr. Wayne Richard, retired, will celebrate the mass.

2005 Directory Listing
Ancestry.com 2007 07 09
U.S. Public Records Index 
Name: Wayne R Richard 
Birth Date: Aug 1913 
Street address: 317 Guilbeau Rd  
City: Lafayette  
County: Lafayette  
State: Louisiana  
Zip Code: 70506  
Phone Number: 337-989-0595 
Record Number: 499257960 
Household Members: Name Est. Age Birth Year  
Wayne R Richard      
Wayne R Richard 93 1913   

2005 SSDI Listing

Social Security Death Index 
Name: Rev. Wayne Richard 
SSN: 435-70-5970  
Last Residence: 70563  New Iberia, Iberia, Louisiana, United States of America 
Born: 6 Aug 1913 
Died: 4 Jan 2005 
State (Year) SSN issued: Louisiana (1963 ) 
2005 Obituary

The Daily Advertiser - Lafayette LA

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Rev. Monsignor Wayne Raymond Richard

NEW IBERIA - Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Peter Catholic Church in New Iberia for the Reverend Monsignor Wayne Raymond Richard, 91, who died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at the Consolata Nursing Home in New Iberia.

Interment will be in the Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia.

The Most Reverend Michael Jarrell, D.D., Bishop, will be the principal celebrant of the funeral Mass.

A native of Patterson, Monsignor Richard graduated from high school in 1930, valedictorian of his class. He then attended St. Joseph Seminary, Notre Dame in New Orleans and St. Sulpice Seminary in Paris, France.

Monsignor Richard was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1940 in Lafayette. He had pastoral assignments in Lake Charles, New Iberia, Lafayette, Port Barre and the State Hospital at Jackson, La.

Monsignor Richard was the founding pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in New Iberia. He served in various leadership positions during almost 65 years of service in the Diocese of Lafayette. He devoted much time to performing works of charity to help the needy, especially to the poor in Haiti. He had many loves in his life, from his friends at Red's to those met at his camp, traveling or playing tennis. His real love was the people from all walks of life that he encountered during his long and happy journey.

He requested that a simple poem be read at his funeral. The poem is titled "To Those I Love" by Isla P. Richardson. The concluding lines read: "You were so good to me! There are so many things I wanted still, To do-so many things to say to you... Remember that I did not fear.. It was Just leaving you that was so hard to face... We cannot see Beyond... But this I know I loved you so- 'twas heaven here with you!"

Survivors include his sister, Mrs. Robert "Virginia" Simon; and nieces and nephews, Julie Canal Engert and her husband, Buddy, of Lake Charles, Sue Canal Burke, of Lake Charles, Richard Canal and his wife, Rena, of North Carolina, Marc Canal and his wife, Susan, of Slidell, Raymond R. Simon and his wife, Pat, of Lafayette, William "Bill" R. Simon and his wife, Sheila, of Lake Charles, and Ann Simon Cook and her husband, George, of New Iberia.

He was preceded in death by his father, Junius Joseph Richard; his mother, Hilda Chiasson Richard; and a sister, Anna Richard Canal.

Visitation will be observed from 9 a.m. Thursday until time of the funeral Mass at St. Peter Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Monsignor Richard's name be made to a charity of your choice.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Simon, William Simon, George Cook, Marc Canal, Robert Cook and Cody Simon.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Martin & Castille Funeral Home Inc. of Lafayette, (337) 234-2311.

Originally published January 5, 2005