Terrebonne remembered for leading true Cajun lifestyle

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Randy Paul Terrebonne was born and raised in Southeast Louisiana.

And it showed.

He epitomized what it meant to be a true Cajun man in every, single way.

A lover of anything involving the outdoors, and a true lover of music, Randy died on July 11.

He was 58.

Randy was survived by his son Jason, daughter Brandi, brother George and sister Janelle Slocum. He also had two grandkids, Ryan and Jasmine.

Those closest to the man remember him for his passion – his love for being Louisiana through and through.

“My dad loved fishing with family and friends,” Jason said of his father. “Whether in Catfish Lake or Bayou Blue, he always loved to be out on the water. … He was a loving man and a friend. He was always helping people and trying to make people happy.”

Randy lived the Cajun lifestyle his whole life.

He was the son of the late George Terrebonne Sr. and his late wife Elsie. George Sr. was a Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy and Elsie was known for being one of the best cooks around.

“My mawmaw – my dad’s mom – was famous locally for her stuffed crab at the old Randolph’s Restaurant,” Jason said.

With mom being known for her tasty seafood treats, Randy didn’t fall far from the tree, developing a love early in life for being outdoors.

Jason said his dad fished often, and was known for being pretty good at it – often bringing the fruits of his labors back home for family and friends to enjoy.

When not fishing, Randy was often hunting other water creatures – specifically crabs or shrimp.

Like hundreds of others in south Lafourche Parish, he enjoyed catching the seafood – a passion that runs deep in the family. His brother George is a well-respected local businessman who owns the Seafood Shed in Golden Meadow.

Randy worked offshore for some of his life, as well.

“He loved doing what he did,” Jason said. “He was active. He was the kind of man that always wanted to be doing something, and that’s exactly what he did.”

When at home, Randy had a rare talent. He was a heck of a duck carver. He won titles for his skill, and his ducks were said to be beautiful and realistic.

“He won first place for his pintail duck years ago in a competition,” Jason said. “That was something he enjoyed doing and was something that he was very talented at.”

When not on the water – either for work or pleasure – Randy was often in a place that many would consider his safe haven.

That would be with a guitar in his hands and close friends snuggled by his side.

Jason said his father loved music, calling it one of his father’s greatest passions.

His favorite music buddy was his late friend Gerald “Jerry” Miller. The two would play music together – sometimes for hours.

In between the rhythm and the sweet sounds were hours of good times, laughs and memories.

“He loved his guitar,” Jason said. “He played all of his favorites. He played Cat Stevens, CCR and Pink Floyd. He loved playing with Mr. Gerald. They’d play together all of the time, and it’d just be a great time.”

Away from the passions and hobbies, family members said Randy was a loving, caring man who would do anything for anyone who needed a hand.

Janelle Slocum said her brother was as kind-hearted as anyone she’s ever seen.

Jason agreed, and said he remembers his father as a man who worked often, but it never felt like work because he was doing things he loved to do.

He said his dad impacted so many people, and his spirit for helping lives on long past his death.

“He was a great man,” Jason said. “He’s someone we remember and miss dearly. He was truly special. He was awesome in every way.” •

Randy Terrebonne

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