Robert M. “Bobby” Clavier (1954 – 2020)
On Sunday, May 24, 2020 Bobby “Caveman” Clavier passed away at the age of 66. Bobby was born in New Orleans to Patricia Castrogiovanni Clavier and Paul Peter Clavier. Bobby is preceded in death by his parents, Patricia and Paul Clavier, along with four of his siblings, Paul Clavier, Helen Ann Clavier Villarrubia, Stephen Clavier, and Terry Clavier. He is survived by his wife, Jean Sallinger Clavier, who he was married to for 38 years; by his two sons, Corey Michael Clavier (Kate) and Kevin James Clavier; his two grandsons, Carter Michael Clavier and Cameron James Clavier; his brother, Curtis Joseph Clavier (Susan); and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Ulrich Sallinger. He is also survived by a large extended family which includes numerous godchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and lifelong friends.
Bobby was a lifelong resident of New Orleans who was proud to grow up in the Irish Channel. He later moved to Lakeview where he raised his sons. Family was first for him. He absolutely adored his wife, sons, grandsons, and daughter-in-law; and everyone could feel his family pride whenever he spoke of them. Being a true family man, he sincerely enjoyed coaching his sons’ baseball teams, being involved at their schools, watching Saints and LSU games with them, and spending time with his grandsons.
Bobby was affectionately known as “Caveman” to his friends. His fun-loving personality lit up every room that he walked into, and he was described by many as being the life of the party. He loved his friends with all his heart and would do anything for them. One of his best traits was making everyone feel so welcomed and comfortable. He was the definition of selfless, and it brought him genuine joy to help other people.
Bobby was a man who enjoyed so much about New Orleans’ culture. He loved talking about his New Orleans roots, marching in parades, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day in the Irish Channel, crawfish boils, music, and festivals. He was actively involved in his community and throughout his life was a member of several local organizations/schools including the Knights of Columbus, St. Dominic School, Jesuit High School, Lakeview Playground, Irish Channel Corner Club, Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club, and 11th Ward Men’s Club.
Bobby “Caveman” Clavier was truly a one of a kind family man and friend; he will be missed so much and by so many.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Visitation on Friday, June 5th from 10am – 12pm at St. Dominic Church located at 775 Harrison Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124. A Funeral Mass will follow the Visitation and will begin at 12pm. A private burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery immediately after mass.