Nov 19, 2013 11:41 PM by Erin Steuber

In Memory of Judge Edmund M. Reggie

Louisiana is mourning the loss of a Louisiana political icon. Judge Edmund Reggie died Tuesday morning at his home at the age of 87, surrounded by his family. His oldest son, released a statement on their behalf....

"We were blessed to have had dad for so long, although never long enough, but i want you to know that his spirituality, humor, good nature and sharp mind were intact right up to his last hours. We will miss him beyond description, but will carry him in our hearts every single day. He was a loving father who set high standards for us and taught us by example. His family always came first," said his oldest son, Ed Michael Reggie.

We sat down with one of Judge Reggie's closest friends who says Reggie was the best man he's ever known.

"I still consider him to be one of the best friends I've ever had," said Cason De La Houssaye.

De La Houssaye knew Reggie for more than 60 years, and their friendship is something he cherishes.

"After talking to him for 5 minutes you felt like you had known him for years," said De La Houssaye. "He was outgoing and he always had a smile on his face."

Reggie was born and raised in Crowley, becoming the nation's youngest judge in 1950 at the age of 24. From there his political career took off. Reggie spent his life in politics, working as a city judge for 25 years and serving as executive counsel to former Governor Edwin Edwards.

"He knew more people politically than you could imagine," said De La Houssaye.

One of those politicians is former President John F. Kennedy. In 1959, before announcing his run for presidency, Judge Reggie brought the, then senator, and his wife Jacqueline, to visit the International Rice Festival in Crowley. Reggie would go on to co-chair JFK's presidential campaign here in Louisiana. His daughter, Victoria, later married Senator Ted Kennedy.

"The story is that they met in '56 at the Los Angles Democratic Convention and became fast friends," said De La Houssaye.

Judge Reggie went on to hold several other positions in Louisiana government. But no matter what, those who know him best say family and friends always came first.

"It's gonna sink in, because I could always count on Edmund," said De La Houssaye. "True men couldn't ask for more than to be a good person. Honest and true, shunned by the masses, honored by the few. To count for the little in the eyes of church, or state, but quiet dignity to be great."

Judge Reggie is survived by his wife, six children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are set for the end of the week. The family requests visiting hours Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m at Geesey Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley. A rosary will be recited Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Then, a mass will be held Friday at 10 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Crowley. A private burial will follow.


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