James A. Dubuisson Jr.
James A. Dubuisson, Jr. the son of the late Elizabeth (Defrance) and James A. Dubuisson Sr, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2016 at the age of 89 years old with his children by his side. Jimmy is survived by his sister-in-law, Lois Rodriguez (Grant), nieces, Mary Hurley and Carol Allen Zimmer (Stephen), cousin, Bruce Hurley ( Ilsa; child, Trey). He was the brother-in-law of the late Joan Allen and son-in-law of the late Alberta and Ruppert Busha. He has 7 grandchildren, Cortney Bos, Chelsea Stevens, Cory Stevens, James A Dubuisson IV, Samantha Rose Dubuisson, Elizabeth Dubuisson, and the late Christopher Stevens. He also has 4 great grandchildren, Tyler, Lily, and Violet Bos and Grace Stevens. Jimmy lived his childhood in Lakeview and at 17, he joined the Navy. He was in active duty in the Pacific during WW II and served as a machinist during his military tour. After the war, Jimmy was Skipper of Ship 101, the Viking, and the Sea Explorer for the New Orleans chapter of the Sea Scouts where he taught young men to be future sailors. He married the love of his life, the late Rosemary Busha Dubuisson, and settled in a small home in Old Metairie when their four children were born, Marsha Ann Dubuisson, James A. Dubuisson, III, Ruppert Martin Dubuisson (Victoria), and Sheila Stevens, (Wayne). It was in the front of this modest home that "Jimmy D" began the construction of the Sea Cat, a 28 ft. yacht which gave birth to one of the most successful shipbuilding companies in Louisiana, Halter Marine, that he co- founded and operated for over 30 yrs. It was fit that Jimmy lived on the water in Venetian Isles for 40 yrs then moved to Covington. With a great love for his country, Jimmy volunteered at the WWII D Day Museum giving of his time and expertise. He was instrumental in the restoration of the Higgins landing craft (LCAC) now on exhibit and the PT 305 which will be on display to remind the world of its significance in our victory. He made some very dear friendships at the museum, and loved his time with "the guys." Also, he was appointed as an honorary member of the VFA -204 Chief Petty Office's Mess and will honored with a military presence and salute as he goes on his final voyage. Visitation will be at Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home 3827 Canal St. on Wednesday, October 19th at 8:30 AM with a mass at 12:15 PM; Internment at Lakelawn Park Cemetery directly after. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the Wounded Warrior Project. ARRANGEMENTS BY JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME. Condolences may be left at www.schoenfh.com .
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