Edward Pascal Caire was born in the small town of Edgard, LA on May 17, 1930 to James Joseph Caire and Henriette Martha Webre Caire. His middle name Pascal was given because on the day of his birth, St. Pascal Baylon was the saint of the day. He was baptized at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edgard on May 20, 1930, and he was confirmed in the same parish by Most Rev. J. Rummel on May 25, 1942. He was a humble and gentle spirit and a farm boy at heart.
Edward was a bright student and was a graduate of St. Stanislaus College Prep and University of Southwestern Louisiana (B.S. Education/Chemistry Major). Carol became the love of his life; they married in the Church and raised a beautiful family of six daughters. His new goal was to provide for his family and save money for his children’s education. His life became a silent prayer of work. He worked as a teacher, chemist, industrial hygienist, and a certified safety professional. He also completed 2 years of chemical engineering courses, requiring much studies and long weekly travel. He was an awesome selfless provider. Places of employment included Reserve High School, Edgard High School, Monsanto Company, Kaiser Aluminum, LaRoche Chemicals, and Melamine Chemicals. He was a Knights of Columbus Charter Member of the Holy Family Council.
As a Roman Catholic, he demonstrated love of people and animals by his many acts of kindness. He once saved several stray puppies from a man who intended to drown them. Edward retired in Tampa, FL as a parishioner of Espirito Santo Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Henriette Caire, his sister, Martha Hymel, and his brothers, Henry, Roland, James, and Joseph Caire. Edward is survived by his loving wife, Carol, of 59 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Pauline and Bob Crosser, Janelle Caire, Sheryl Caire, Rosalind and Chad Murr, Sarabeth and Jeffrey Hayden, Suellen and Marco Wohnig. An awesome Gramps to his 12 grandchildren, Kathleen Crosser, Kara Crosser, Thomas Devillier, Daniel Devillier, Julia Bye, Jenna Bye, Joshua Murr, Harrison Murr, Nicholas Hayden, Jonathan Hayden, Noah Wohnig, and Lucas Wohnig, and to 1 great grandchild, Thompson Devillier.
Edward’s catholic faith was strong, demonstrated by evening prayers with the family, including the rosary and his enjoyment of every Sunday Mass. He was a wonderful gardener, always generating delicious crops for the family and generously sharing his abundance with neighbors and friends. His fun spirit lifted those around him when he sang one-liners from his favorite songs like, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “Away in a Manger."
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation and funeral Mass on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The visitation begins at 12pm with the Mass at 1pm. This celebration will be at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Safety Harbor. In lieu of flowers, mass offerings in Edward's name would be appreciated.