BELLE CHASSE, LA (WVUE) - A steady stream of mourners poured into Our Lady of Perpetual help to say farewell to Plaquemines Parish President Amos Cormier.
"He didn't finish his term," said Wynee Ancar. "It was a shock to everyone."
Cormier was at the helm of the parish only 18 months when he passed away Thursday. It was just one day after undergoing a heart procedure. Now, parish leaders mourn his loss and handle parish business at the same time.
"There's no script written for this, no hand book trying to come together collectively to see how we go forward from this day," said Kirk Lepine, Council Chair.
Dalon Bienemy said he worked with Mr. Cormier in the school system before he became parish president.
Cormier coached at Buras and South Plaquemines High schools. He made a difference in so many student's lives.
"Great guy. He loved kids and was always there uplifting the kids," Bienemy said.
"Amos was my first baseball coach," said Ancar.
Cormier was excited about all the possibilities for the parish at his swearing in. Now he leaves behind a wife, five children and the people of Plaquemines Parish.
"He was a man who stood by his stature and stood by his beliefs," said Kirk Lepine.
Leaders have 30 days to choose an interim parish president.
They hope to place the election on the ballot in November.