Posted: Sep 18, 2011 11:06 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Sep 18, 2011 11:10 PM
Former Jeanerette Mayor, Arthur Verret died this morning at the age of 78.
For more than two decades, about a third of his life, he served as mayor of Jeanerette.
It was just at the end of June when we last caught up with longtime Jeanerette Mayor Arthur Verret, just before he retired from the position he held for 24 years.
"You don't serve the community as long as I did without loving it," said Verret.
He loved the job so much, he actually came out of retirement once before. He was first elected mayor in 1971 serving 12 years, but he came out of retirement in 1999 when he felt the city needed help.
"I felt the city needed a new direction I could see things that I wanted to change."
"I'm so sorry for the Verret family. Mrs. Bobby came up to my house yesterday and she was telling me how sick that he was. I didn't know he was going to go that fast." Trenia Joseph is a Jeanerette native and says Verret was a man that was dedicated to his job and the city that he loved. "A lot of people liked him, he did a good bit for the community and he put a lot of people to work in the city."
Sentiments echoed by Verret's staff when he said goodbye to his office back in June.
"He is very kind, intelligent. I mean his heart's so big. He's a very good person to work for."
Funeral arrangements are still pending and are being planned at David Funeral Home.