James Hardy “Bruce” Broussard, 69, of Orange, passed away suddenly at Baptist Hospital in Orange on Friday, Nov. 11.

Hardy was born on Oct. 19, 1942 in Loreauville, Louisiana to his parents, Noe A. & Marie (Perioux) Broussard, he grew up in Loreauville and graduated from Loreauville High School in 1961, after working for a short time in Loreauville and serving in the National Guard, he relocated to Port Arthur, seeking work in the shipyard industry.

On a blind date through friends, he met his wife, Shirline Ann Smith and they married on Oct. 15, 1966 in Port Acres. Hardy and Shirline then relocated to Orange in 1972 and he lived there until his passing. Hardy worked in the plate shop on the island of Levingston Shipbuilding Company in Orange, after the closing of the shipyard, Hardy then went to work for the Road and Bridge Division of Orange County from which he retired.

Hardy had also worked part-time as a driver and funeral assistant at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.

Hardy will be remembered as a loving, witty kind of man who enjoyed making other people laugh. He took pride in his work, he never met a stranger, he enjoyed traveling to relax and spend time with extended family and he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Hardy was always remembered for his Cajun ways and mannerisms and his simplicity in life.

Hardy and Shirline have been longtime members and eucharistic ministers at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Orangefield. During their times of travel, trips were made to Branson, Missouri, Italy, Spain and just recently a pilgrimage trip was made to India with their pastor, Father George.

Hardy is preceded in death by his parents; his infant daughter, Mary Berniece Broussard; his brother, Wayne Joseph Broussard and his wife, Betty; his niece, Suzanne Alexander Touchet; his father-in-law, Jesse W. Smith and his dear friend, Phillip Lincecum. Hardy is also preceded in death by numerous members of his extended family.

Those who will cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years, Shirline Ann Broussard of Orange; his sons, Gregory P. “Greg” Broussard and wife, Sharla of Orange; Shawn C. Broussard and wife, Pam of Orange and his daughter, Charissa K. Broussard of Orange; his sister, Cheryl Patin and her husband, Connie of Breaux Bridge; his mother-in-law, Iola Smith of Port Acres; his special daughter during a one year period, Nagore Alonso of Madrid, Spain; his nephews, Mark Broussard and wife, Suzan of Scott, LA, David Broussard and wife Marsha of Duson, LA, and Chris Broussard and wife, Maria of New York.

For all to understand and enjoy, most people love their grandchildren, however Hardy seemed to fly sky high, beam with pride and come to maximize a second childhood with his grand kids, Shawn and Pam made him a grandfather by the birth of Noah Joseph in October of 2004 and again in April of 2011 with the birth of Avery Claire.

Hardy would share with his friends that he now thought his last name was Tractor because Noah would often come to him and say, Poppie, Tractor. Just before his passing, Hardy and Noah were working on the tractor as the clutch needed replacing and Hardy liked to do things himself. Hardy taught Noah to drive his golf cart and Hardy often went to visit and kidnap Avery for a ride and some laughs.

A Mass of the Resurection will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, Nov. 19, at St. Helen’s Catholic Church on F.M. 1442 just south of Interstate Highway 10 in Orangefield. Celebrants will be Father George Kindegen and Father Thomas E. Phelan. Rite of committal and interment will follow in Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in the McLewis Community of Orange.

A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 4:00 PM until 10:00 PM, Friday, Nov. 18, at the church, with a Mass at 6:30 PM and a Rosary to follow.

Honoring Hardy as pallbearers will be Charles Smith, Cory Smith, Kent LaBove, Lonnie Hebert, Johnny Slaughter, William Moore, and Mark Broussard. Honorary pallbearers will be Noah Broussard, Hardian Smith, Connie Patin, Hardy’s coworkers from Orange County and Hardy’s A.C.T.S brothers from St. Francis.

For those who desire memorial contributions, please make donations to the building fund at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Orangefield.