Plaquemines Parish says goodbye to it's parish president, who will be laid to rest Monday afternoon. Hundreds turned out to bid a final farewell to Amos Cormier.
The 70-year-old was a devout Catholic, often attending daily mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Belle Chase. It's only fitting that's where loved ones paid their final respects to Cormier, a man they say will be terribly missed.
Two firetrucks, hanging an American flag, greeted the hearse carrying Cormier's casket, as mourners filed in to the church Monday morning, to say goodbye to the parish leader.
Cormier's cousin, Betty Lawrence, says, "He's just a kind, gentle, funny, wonderful person and we're going to really miss him."
Cormier, or coach as he was known to so many, spent years, before his time in parish government, teaching and coaching, at Buras High School.
"He was dedicated to his family and he was so dedicated to the youth and as an educator. I guess the good Lord needs an educator and a diplomat," friend Warren Lawrence, said.
Those who knew him, say Cormier, who was elected in 2014, leaves the parish, a much better place.
Jacques Kuchta says, "He was a very hardworking guy. I think his legacy was honesty, commitment."
Monday is a parish wide day of mourning in Plaquemines Parish. All government buildings were closed and all employees were urged to come out, to say goodbye to the parish president.
Cormier died Thursday, one day after undergoing a procedure for a blocked artery. He will be buried in the cemetery at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.