Bert John Wainwright

June 18, 1943 ~ August 9, 2010

Bert John Wainwright, 67, of Lake Charles, LA died on Monday, August 9, 2010 in a Houston, TX hospital.

Mr. Wainwright was born June 18, 1943 in Port Arthur, TX and was raised in New Orleans. He was a 1965 graduate of East Jefferson High School and graduated from McNeese State University in 1976 with his Master's of Education. For almost thirty years, Mr. Wainwright taught early childhood education for the state of Louisiana, on both the private and public levels. He established and operated La'Telier Preschool and Kindergarten for almost twenty years, where he included children with special needs in his classes; all were welcome! He organized the CDA Program at McNeese, which prepared adults to work with young children and served on a federal review team for DANYA International. Mr. Wainwright was a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. During his free time, he enjoyed being a Ham Radio Operator, spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and photography. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be missed dearly.

Mr. Wainwright is survived by his wife of thirty-three years, Jenna Fontenot Wainwright, son, John Scott Wainwright of Lake Charles; daughters, Jessica Ann Chapman and husband Ben Chapman of Baton Rouge, Rebecca Bawcom and husband Dr. Brad Bawcom of San Antonio, and Jennifer Wainwright of Lake Charles; sister, Mary Katherine Wimmer and husband Malcolm of Mobile, AL; grandchildren, Jack and Madeline Bawcom; and his cat, Annabell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Voight and Katherine Mary Wainwright.

His funeral service will be at 2:30 PM on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. Father Keith Pellerin will officiate. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a rosary at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Thursday at the funeral home from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

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  1. Bert Wainwright was a true inspiration and friend to many people (young and old).I remember bringing my two sons, Kevin and Chad, to La'Telier Preschool and Kindergarten. One morning, as I was leaving, both of my sons were crying and clinging to my legs. Bert gently led them to the play room. By the time I got to my car, I, too was crying. I went back inside and asked Bert to get my boys as I was going to quit my job and stay home with them. With his wisdom, he led me to the window of the room where they were and showed me that they were happy and playing with the other children. This gave me so much peace.Kevin and Chad were children of divorced parents. Bert gave my boys the male guidance and love they needed during this difficult time in their young lives. They absolutely loved Bert and Jenna.May Bert rest in peace in God's kingdom and may you, his family, find peace remembering all of his goodness and love for you.May God Bless you!Denise Wall

  2. Bert was a champion for ALL children. His passion for helping children learn and thrive will be sorely missed. His will live on in the lives of all the children he touched. Jenna, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. I was so sad to hear about Bert. I remember finding his pre-school and feeling such joy at having my kids attend. It was a great way for them to start their education. My thoughts and prayers are with you.Sharon Midgett

  4. Jessica and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Let God give you more strength to get through this difficult time. Just know that your father is in a better place now with no pain.I can remember the first time I met your dad when you lived in the old church building on Enterprise Blvd. I believe that was when we were six grade cheerleaders at S.J. Welsh. My family and I are praying for you and your family.

  5. Jessica Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your father was always such a lovely person. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Leigh Lyons Iguess

  6. Jessica,I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your family and I am praying for God to give you all the strength you need to carry you through this. I wish I could take away your pain. I love you and you know I am here if you need anything.

  7. May God be with you and your family in this time of loss. Remember the 23rd Psalm and remember that you and your family can call on my family and myself in time of need.

  8. May God lift your sorrow and replace it with the beautiful memories of Bert. We love you all and are here for you. God has another angel to watch over us.

  9. Mrs. Jenna, How sad I was to hear of your husband's passing. Yet I rejoice in knowing he is with our Lord. May God comfort you during this time. I will be helping my son move to Fort Worth and not able to attend the funeral. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.Gail Vincent

  10. My daughter Lyndsay Comeaux and I have fond memories of La'Telier when she attended their. My thoughts and prayers go to the family.

  11. My prayers are with you. Bert was a great teacher. I enjoyed the semester that he did his student teaching with me, I still haven't figured out who was the teacher and who was the student. I know you will miss him. Claribel Jones

  12. Our girls Shonda and Angel Douget were in the first class at Latier.Mr. Burt And Miss Jenna opening of the school.What an inspitation they were to parents.A childs way,including the parents in all the activities.He touched their lives as well as ours as parents.Barry and Jackie Thomas

  13. Our heartfelt condolences to your family in the passing of Bert. We hope God gives you the strength in the future as we know he is looking down at us from Heaven and awaiting the time when you will be together again and our prayers are with you.

  14. We extend our sympathy to your family. Bert was Christopher's kindergarten teacher and will always be remembered. Thanks Mr. Bert for being such a positive infuence in his life.

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