James Francis McCune passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Chateau de Notre Dame on Saturday August 10, 2019 at the age of 83. Jim was born January 28, 1936 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Lawrence Joseph and Mary Margaret Mitchell McCune. He graduated from Jesuit High School ('54) and Loyola University of New Orleans, where he was a member of Beggars Fraternity. Jim was a pharmacist & owner at McCune’s Drug Store in New Orleans for over 50 years.
Preceded in death his parents Lawrence Joseph McCune and Mary Margaret Mitchell McCune, Son-in-law of George Jensen, Mother in law and Father in law Delores Babst and Frank Louis Babst. Brother of the late Lawrence Francis McCune ( Beverly) and Mary Anna Messonnier ( Irwin). Brother-in-law of Karen Jensen Zimbelman (Frank) and Frank Louis Babst, III.
He is survived by wife of 62 years Sylvia Marie Jensen McCune, Father to Brigid Mary Durel (Michael), Elizabeth Mary Ballay (Keith) Alicia Maria Shea (Scott) Anne Marie Favret (Clarence) and James Francis McCune Jr.. Jim & Sylvia were childhood sweethearts & a fantastic model for any marriage.
Jim was affectionately known by his grandchildren as "Da" the Gaelic term for grandfather befitting his proud Irish heritage. He was Da to Mallory Durel Brower (Lucas) Timothy Michael Durel, Cory Brendan Cox, Stephen Francis Durel (Lauren) Hilary Hotard Mauro (Joshua) Chad Michael Cox (Surget) Mitchell Patrick Shea, Benjamin Michael Durel, Andre’ Armand Hotard (Lunden) Connor James Cox, Patrick Michael Durel, James Patrick Shea, Michael McCune Shea; Lauren Antoinette Favret, and Claudia Favret Cedor( Andrew). Great Grandfather to Beau James Malu Brower and Corinne Alexandra Durel.
Jim was a loving husband and a fantasitc father. Family meant everything to him. A kind & gentle soul who loved a good joke, a great Broadway play, crawfish bisque and wherever his travels took him with Sylvia by his side. He met his recent diagnosis with dignity, grace and wit. A man of strong faith, Da's words at the very end were "Pray for me & I'll pray for you".
Brother to Michael Mitchell McCune. Brother-in-law to Shirley Hill McCune, Mary Babst Hoff and Patricia Babst Ward. He was also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be Thursday August 15, 2019 at St. Dominic Church with Monsignor Robert Massett officiating. Visitation at 12:00 followed by a Mass at 2:00 pm. Interment to follow at St Patrick # 1 cemetery.
Our family would like to thank Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Tulane Hospital, Tulane Lakeside Rehab and ICU Staff and Chateau de Notre Dame Nursing Home. We are eternally thankful to the Chateau de Notre Dame Hospice staff for taking wonderful care of our Father and giving support to our family.
In lieu of flowers Please give a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. On line guestbook at www.greenwoodfh.com