St Bernard Post

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 Issue 41 - 2018 Free Newspaper St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana 504-278-7910 For Advertising rates Please Contact Our Office At 504-278-7910 Read our newspaper online at Photo Courtesy of Darlene Poche Detective Sergeant Henry John Maitre, Jr., a treasured family man and 30 year veteran of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Department, entered into eternal rest on Friday, Septem- ber 28, 2018 at the age of 83. After a long and fulfilled life “Big H”, as he was affectionately known, was undoubtedly greeted at heaven’s gate by his “One and Only Sunshine” Claire Meyer Maitre, his deceased wife of 45 years. Big Henry was born in New Orleans on Sep- tember 4, 1935 to the late Henry John Maitre, Sr. and the late Antoinette Forster Maitre. Henry graduated from Francis T. Nicholls High School and was later married to his high school sweetheart Claire May Meyer. Together they had five children: Cynthia (Gary) Sandrock, Lisa (David) Thiel, Suzanne Maitre, Henry (Renee) J. Maitre lll, and Mickey (Wendy) Mai- tre Sr. He was immensely proud of his large and loving family, which eventually grew to include nine grandchildren: Aimee Sandrock (Mark), Gary (Tina) Sandrock Jr., Lindsi (Ryan) Melerine, Kati (Casey) Hunnicutt, Jay (Ashley) Bertheaud Jr., Henry Maitre IV, Ma- son Maitre (Kelsey), Jenna Maitre and Mickey Maitre Jr., and nine great-grandchildren: Gary III, Halli, Madisyn, Claire, Ryleigh, Kynlee, Morgan, Ryan Jr. and Tait. Coach Henry was a longtime beloved coach and booster club presi- dent of Vista Playground, winning numerous championships throughout the years. He had a very strong work ethic that led to his many successful business ventures and lifelong career in law enforcement. Henry was currently work- ing as a detective with the Criminal Investiga- tions Bureau, as an investigator in the Sex Of- fender Compliance Unit. He also worked as a private investigator and owned his own firms in New Orleans and Houston. He was charm- ing, smart, and determined almost to a fault. Henry was passionate about politics and sports. He was an avid traveler with his longtime com- panion Jeanine Dover. Henry had many friends and enjoyed telling stories of their adventures and times together, both good and bad. He had a collection of jokes, that could be over the top, and was known to gamble occasionally. If you were fortunate enough to know him and the Maitre Family, you know this is a man who lived with dignity, respect, and honor. He will be loved and missed tremendously by his family and friends. A public visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Cath- olic Church, 2320 Paris Rd., Chalmette, LA. A funeral mass will begin at 12:30 p.m. Interment to follow in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. Meraux Foundation to Host Sugar Festival From Todd Ragusa The Meraux Founda- tion is proud to sponsor the upcoming 10th Annual Old Arabi Sugar Festival. Other sponsors and hosts include Domino Sugar and the Old Arabi Neighborhood Associa- tion. Held at the Aycock Barn on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m., this event also features great food, mu- sic, and vendors, but several unique features as well — a dessert baking competition, a donut eating contest, sugar give a ways, a Kid’s Tent, and narrated trolley tours of Ara- bi’s historic and cultural arts district. The festival is free and open to the public and true celebrations of all that is good in our community. Docville Farm- Aycock Barn in Meraux, La. Photo Courtesy of Todd Ragusa Splash Express CarWashReopensWith a Splash From Tim and Tonja McDonald Splash Express Car Wash officially re-opened its tunnel with a ribbon cutting ceremo- ny on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Tim McDonald’s original vi- sion was realized in 1995 as he partnered with his father- in-law, J.V. Gaffney to open Splash. Splash was the first and only conveyor tunnel car wash in St. Bernard Parish. After 10 great years, Splash closed due to the devastation of hurricane Katrina, and un- fortunately the car wash did not have flood insurance. Tim and Tonja McDonald always knew it could be a pos- sibility to re-open, because of their love for St. Bernard Par- ish. After deciding to re-open as an express car wash, the process began. After strate- gic planning and research including visits to the newest See SPLASH page 2 Photo Courtesy of Tonya McDonald The McDonald’s family resurrected Splash Express Car Wash, hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 1.