Clyde Joseph Hoâ LeBlanc died peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 1, 2020. He was 93 years old. Clyde was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 72 years, Joanne Escarra LeBlanc, and four sons, Richard Thomas Hoâ LeBlanc, Mark Allan Hoâ LeBlanc, Roger Pierre Hoâ LeBlanc and infant son Marion Hoâ LeBlanc. He was the son of the late Marion François Hoâ LeBlanc and Fabiola Pilié LeBlanc. He was also preceded in death by his siblings Gloria LeBlanc Weidner, Marion François LeBlanc, Jr., and Joan LeBlanc Travirca.
Clyde and Joanne loved and were wonderful parents to their 14 children! He is survived by his children, Clyde Joseph Hoâ LeBlanc, S.J., Suzanne L. Lemaitre (Justin), Steven John Hoâ LeBlanc (Marilyn) of Cordova, TN, Robert Arthur Hoâ LeBlanc (Penny) of Houma, LA, Jeanne L. Williams (Conrad “Duke”), Dianne L. Dunham (Michael), Adrianne Marie Hoâ LeBlanc, John Michael Hoâ LeBlanc of Douglasville, GA, Thomas Shaw Hoâ LeBlanc (Maria), Marianne L. David (Salem) of Tuscaloosa, AL, Julianne Marie Hoâ LeBlanc, and daughter-in-law Barbara B. LeBlanc.
Clyde (Père) was the proud grandfather of 31 grandchildren: Richard Jr., Stephanie, Alyson, Robert Jr., Caroline, Brandon, Benjamin, Emilie, John Jr., Katherine, Sarah, Conrad IV, Lauren, Sarah, Ashley, Timothy, Mark, Allan, Courtney, Leigh, Elisabeth, Adair, Salem IV, David, Kathryn, Anna, Alexis, Isabelle, Christopher, William, and Andrew. He was also proud of his 44 great grandchildren: Andrew, Megan, George, Clyde, Katherine, John David, Hawk, Mackenzie, Steven, Kanga, Steven, Dove, Aaron, Cooper, Jonathan, Robert, Joel, Grant, William, Ellie, Savannah, Joshua, Elliott, Molly Kate, William, Sydney, Grant, Virginia, Davis, Maya Rose, Henry, Seth, Logan, Henry, Owen, Marguerite, Finley, Charlotte, Mary Louise, Emily Rose, Claire, Ruby, Grayson, and Lily. Clyde is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A lifelong resident of New Orleans, he attended St. Leo the Great School and graduated from St. Aloysius High School in 1943. Clyde served in the United States Navy and then graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was an owner of Kemper Construction Company Inc. (formerly Otis W. Sharp & Sons) for 50 years and was a member of the Association of General Contractors. Clyde was a parishioner of Mater Dolorosa since 1959.
Clyde was an avid sailor and a lifetime member of the Southern Yacht Club. He shared his love for sailing with his children and grandchildren, including the many days on the lake and sailing vacations to Pensacola.
He loved family gatherings which always included a “line up” photo with all the children. It would only take “his whistle” to get everyone in line! Other special gatherings on Plum Street included Tulane and Saints football parties, Carrollton parade parties, numerous family wedding receptions, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and the annual Easter Crawfish Boil. He also loved Mardi Gras. For the past 50 years he has provided Mardi Gras stands on the parade route for family and numerous friends.
He was a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and a member of The Society of the War of 1812, The Olympians, The Knights of Columbus, The Serra Club, The Archdiocesan Spirituality Center.
He was a generous man and possessed an indomitable spirit until the end. He was a true patriarch.
Upon his death, Clyde donated his body for medical research and education to LSU Health Science Center through the Bureau of Anatomical Services.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation and Mass at Mater Dolorosa Church, 1230 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans on Monday, October 12, 2020. Visitation begins at 10:00 a.m. and Mass will begin at 12:00 p.m.
The family would like to especially thank Dependable In Home Care, Anvoi Hospice Care, and We Care Too for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Mt. Carmel Academy, 7027 Milne Blvd. NOLA 70124 or St. Michael’s Special School at 1522 Chippewa St. NOLA 70130.