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“The sad news of former Mayor Dufreche passing just reached the members of the USS Ponchatoula Shipmates Association. What a wonderful man. Our...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Barry Litchfield - Canyon Lake, TX

“Julianna and family,You have my deepest sympathy, I did not know Mr.Julian, but he sounded like a very successful man, may he rest in peace. ”
2 of 39 | Posted by: Robin Green - New orleans, LA

“Lifting thoughts and prayers for you Janet and your children and family. So saddened to hear of Julian's passing.....I know our Lord and Savior,...Read More »
3 of 39 | Posted by: Carolyn Jones Ryland - Clayton, NC

“I am so very sorry to learn of Julian's passing. I was fortunate to know and work with him as a colleague when I was serving as Clerk of the First...Read More »
4 of 39 | Posted by: Christine Crow - Gonzales, LA

“With sincere deepest sympathy. Anna good friend that I always didn't mind campaigning for Miss Janet I am so sorry for your loss and your family...Read More »
5 of 39 | Posted by: REGGIE Reed & Family REEDS - LA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.May God Bless and Comfort you with his Peace and Love.Jo Ellen & Tommy Marten ”
6 of 39 | Posted by: JoEllen & Tommy Marten - Hammond, LA

“Words cannot express my sadness. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time. Julian will truly be missed. He was a person that...Read More »
7 of 39 | Posted by: Carolyn "Cookie" Williams - LA

“Its a sad day to know Julian is gone. He was always there to help and encourage anyone. So many fond memories of him throughout my lifetime. Even...Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Clyde Cutrer Jr - LA - Friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We will always remember Julian and his friendly smile, he will be missed by all....Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Marilou Sullivan - Hammond, LA

“We are so very sorry to have lost a great guy, friend to so many and our Clerk of Court. Julian has been a friend to my family for decades and will...Read More »
10 of 39 | Posted by: Terri Crosby - Tickfaw, LA

“We were so sorry to hear of Julian's passing. Our hearts ache for Janet and all of his family. We have you all in our prayers. ”
11 of 39 | Posted by: Kip & Gayle Reddien

“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family during this difficult time. ”
12 of 39 | Posted by: Jane & Mark Baxmann - Sugarland, TX

13 of 39 | Posted by: DEAN RIBANDO - HAMMOND, LA

“... So sorry for our loss....Julian was a dear friend , we will miss him so much....I always was made to feel like a brother.....we had many many...Read More »
14 of 39 | Posted by: Tom and Carol Ballantine - LA

“Julian will be in my prayers. Worked at elections .. He will be missed. I may not live in La. any more but I always remember those who were...Read More »
15 of 39 | Posted by: Peggy Johnson - House Springs, MO

“So sorry for the loss of a man who will be truly missed by our community. My prayers are with his loved ones. May God comfort you all. ”
16 of 39 | Posted by: Marilyn Wright - Ponchatoula, LA

“So sorry for your lost. Julian will be greatly missed. ”
17 of 39 | Posted by: Debra Achord Evert - Ponchatoula, LA

“I can't express in words my sorrow. Julian, Janet , Maria and I share two wonderful granddaughters and I will have a rough time filling the space ...Read More »
18 of 39 | Posted by: Kerry Cieutat - Ponchatoula, LA

“,Kenny and I were shocked and saddened when we heard about the passing of Julian .Life was too short and so precious for someone like Julian. Our...Read More »
19 of 39 | Posted by: Debbie and Kenny Ferachi - LA

“Janet and family, so sorry for your loss. If you ever lived in Ponchatoula you knew the Dufreche men. All fine men in our community. ”
20 of 39 | Posted by: Arlene Chatellier - Ponchatoula, LA

“Janet, our heart and prayers are with you and your family. Gwen and Bobby Lee ”
21 of 39 | Posted by: Gwen and Bobby Lee - Friend

“Janet and family, may God be with you and your family in this time of grief. May he never leave your side. God Bless Love ”
22 of 39 | Posted by: Darlene Malbrough - Hammond, LA

23 of 39 | Posted by: phillip melinie - gonzales, LA

“So so sad for your loss and the loss of our dear friend. Julian was truly a man of God family and friends. Our prayers are with you. ”
24 of 39 | Posted by: Gordon and Eloise Anderson

“May his memory be for a blessing. My condolences to his beloved family. ”
25 of 39 | Posted by: Rira Kranson Williams - LA

“We of Bill Hood Ford Lincoln are saddened to learn of Julian's passing.He was a longtime customer and friend.Also he spoke of his love for his family...Read More »
26 of 39 | Posted by: Glenda Sharkey - Hammond, LA

“We will have your family in our thoughts & prayers. Julian was a great man & a friend to many.Stormy & Denise Lee ”
27 of 39 | Posted by: Denise Lee - Hammond, LA

“The entire Dufreche family are in my thoughts & I pray that God gives you the strength & peace you need in this difficult time. ”
28 of 39 | Posted by: Julie Peltier - Ponchatoula, LA

“The community lost a great citizen in the passing of Julian.His work as mayor to develop the industrial park enabled our young company to locate and...Read More »
29 of 39 | Posted by: Mike Massey - Ponchatoula, LA

“Julian will be greatly missed. He was a great public servant. My first experience dealing with him was in the 80's when he was council at large. I...Read More »
30 of 39 | Posted by: Pastor Bruce Graves - Ponchatoula, LA

“Julian was such a valued friend. It's a loss that will be deeply felt for a long time. Such a good guy who always made times enjoyable. My thoughts...Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: Sal Dickson - Independence, LA

“Our thoughts and prayers goes out to your family Mr.Julian you will be deeply missed my friend. ”
32 of 39 | Posted by: Vanessa Carpenter - Amite, LA

“Julian was a friend to all, he will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers for all. ”
33 of 39 | Posted by: Nadine Lagarde - Amite

“So so sorry for your loss. Truly sad for this loss of a man of God family and friends. Our prayers are with you. ”
34 of 39 | Posted by: Gordon and Eloise Anderson

“With my deepest heartfelt sympathy ”
35 of 39 | Posted by: Janice Martin - ponchatoula, LA

“Janet -The "LMA Family extends our sincerest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this time of deepest sorrow. One of our...Read More »
36 of 39 | Posted by: LOUISIANA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION Officers, Board, Members and Staff - LA

“I am so very Sorry Mrs. Janet for the loss of Mr. Julian. He will be so greatly missed by so many people. I am glad to have known your family & got...Read More »
37 of 39 | Posted by: Stacie Crain - Ponchatoula, LA

“With Deepest Sympathy. ”
38 of 39 | Posted by: Lula Owens - Ponchatoula, LA

“Julian was a dear friend to my husband and me when we lived in Ponchatoula and owned The Bella Rose Mansion Bed and Breakfast. We shared a love for...Read More »
39 of 39 | Posted by: Rose-Theresa James - FL

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Julian Eugene Dufreche, 66, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Monday, January 9, 2017. He was a life-long resident of Ponchatoula and member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He was born on June 10, 1950, in Hammond, Louisiana, to the late CJ "Buddy" Dufreche, Jr. and the late Patricia Perkins Dufreche.

Julian will be remembered for his many life-long passions. His love of nature included hunting and fishing, especially fly-fishing. All those who fished with Julian believed him to be one of the best. His Cypress collection and restoration of antique slot machines were of great importance to Julian, and he was extremely proud to showcase them to friends and family. Classic cars were another hobby, and he enjoyed driving his candy apple red '66 Mustang to car shows around the area.

Love of community and volunteerism were instilled in Julian by his late father, and former Ponchatoula mayor, CJ "Buddy" Dufreche. A list of accomplishments include his tenure as Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court (2004-2017), Mayor of Ponchatoula (1988-2004), Ponchatoula City Councilman (1976-1988), Ponchatoula Councilman-at-Large, Past President of the Louisiana Municipal Association, Past President of the Tangipahoa Municipal Association, Past President of the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation, Past President of the Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club, Board member and Past Chairman of the Louisiana Community Development Foundation, Past Cubmaster- Cub Pack 100, Citizen of the Year- Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce, Past Board of Directors for Reynolds Boys' Home, Past Board of Directors for the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival King 2004, Representative for the Governor's Advisory Commission on the Tangipahoa River, past coach and referee for Louisiana High School Athletic Association, and numerous other boards. As a bat-boy for the 1961 Ponchatoula Athletic National Championship Baseball Team, he continued his love of baseball by coaching youth baseball and becoming Louisiana State Commissioner for semi-pro baseball, as well as past Commissioner of Baseball for Louisiana in The National Baseball Congress.

During his administration as Mayor of Ponchatoula, he was involved in the formation of The Ponchatoula Industrial Park and was instrumental in Ponchatoula becoming "America's Antique City." But, perhaps Julian will be most remembered as Founder and First Chairman of The Ponchatoula Area Recreation District. It was the highlight of his career and will most definitely be his community legacy.

His role as a husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend will be what everyone that knew him will be most proud. His extreme dedication to family was evident in every aspect of his life. Julian always said, "If you don't have God, family and friends, you have nothing." He lived his life making sure his wife, children and grandchildren knew how proud he was of them and how much he loved them. He took every opportunity to boast about his family, especially his grand-daughters. Without a doubt, they were his pride and joy.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Janet Cortez Dufreche, son Edward Corey Dufreche and wife Melissa; daughter Strader Cieutat and husband Johnny; daughter Julianna DePaula and husband Tim; grandchildren, Kirstin Drozd, Helena and Gabriella Cieutat, Lena DePaula, and Lucia DePaula who is expected to arrive in March; brothers William, Daniel, Thomas, John, Scott and sister, Patricia "Sissy" Allgood, as well numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Edward "Eddie" Dufreche and his faithful companion, "Ole Podnuh" Baylor Boy.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely and Son Funeral Home, Ponchatoula, on Thursday, January 12 from 6-9 p.m. and Friday, January 13 at St. Joseph's Church from 8-11 a.m. with a mass at 11 a.m. Father Paul McDuffie will officiate and interment will follow at Wetmore Cemetery in Ponchatoula.

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