Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sunrise Chapel at Walters Funeral Home for Patrick J. Pastor, Sr., 87, who passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021. Father Steve LeBlanc will officiate the funeral ceremony. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery immediately following the service.
Visitation hours will be observed on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and will resume on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. A rosary will be prayed by his son, John Pastor, on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.
Pat is survived by his wife Mary “Maugie” Pastor; two daughters, Mary Claire Pastor Haver and her husband Chris, and Leah Lynn Pastor; three sons, Jim Bradford “Jimbo” Pastor and his wife Dionne, Jeremiah Christopher Pastor, and John Benjamin Pastor; seven grandchildren, Katherine Haver, Madeline Haver, Isabella Guilbeau, Julianna Pastor, Caleb Frederic, John Pastor, Jr., and Elle Pastor; his daughter-in-law, Jamie Pastor; and his son-in-law, Randy Lanza.
He is preceded in death by three sons, Patrick J. “Jep” Pastor, Jr., Bob William Pastor, and Jude Thomas Pastor; and his parents, Milton and Winnie Pastor.
Pat burst onto the Lafayette scene when boxing was king in Lafayette. He began at Cathedral High School and made varsity by 8th grade. His first championship win was in 1950 at 110 pounds. His best season came in 1952, when he won the 125 pound class achieving the Brink Trophy. Pat was nominated into the Louisiana High School Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014.
Pat opted not to pursue a career in boxing and started at SLI in business administration. During this time, he met his wife of 64 years. As he states when he first saw her all he could say was, “ I yiyi yiyi.”
Upon graduation from SLI in 1956 Pat took a job as a bookkeeper for the Petroleum Club and thus began his training in the restaurant business. He then went on to manage Don’s Restaurant of Shreveport and the Town House Club of Lafayette. It was during this time that Pat and Maugie began their joint restaurant career with Maison de Acadienne, Chez Pastor, Call us Cajun of Florida, and finally retired to T Frere’s Bed and Breakfast. During this lifetime of hospitality Pat could usually be found telling a “story” or a joke and making everyone laugh, all the while managing the business in the back of the restaurant/club.
Pat was also generous with his time and community service. He assisted with the St. Jude Telethon in its early years. He served on Lafayette Board of Tourism, and the board of directors for the Louisiana Restaurant Association. Pat initiated the Bayou Food Festival in 1977 which later merged with the CODOFIL Music Festival to become Festival Acadiens. Pat was also an active member of St Pius X Catholic Church as an usher and eucharistic minister.
The secret to Pat’s happiness. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, Papa was the Heart, Gigi is the organizer, and with God a cord of three strands is not quickly broken. 1 +1 = 10. His love is the glue that kept a large family together.
Pat has joined his parents, all his siblings and three sons at the pearly gates with one of his legendary Boudreaux and Thibodeaux stories.
Pallbearers are Jim Pastor, Jeremiah Pastor, John Pastor, Kenward Bernice, Chris Haver, and Randy Lanza.
Walters Funeral Home, (337) 706-8941, 2424 North University Avenue in Lafayette, is in charge of funeral arrangements.