Jesuit Mourns the Passing of René “Buddy” Lazare ’43 (1927-2021)

Posted June 9, 2021 / Last updated June 25, 2021

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Present at countless Jesuit sporting events over many decades, René “Buddy” Lazare ’43 recently passed away. Funeral services are set to take place on Wednesday, June 16 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Metairie. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. with Mass at 1:30 p.m.

Christopher Dabe penned an in-depth tribute to Lazare on

Some people knew him for the blue hat with the white “J” on the front. Some people knew him for the seat he commonly took at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. Some people knew him for his voice.

It was unmistakable.

“Loud and sharp,” was how Jesuit basketball coach Chris Jennings described it.

Even when the Jesuit home gym was at its loudest, Jennings could hear his shouts of support above all the others.

René “Buddy” Lazare, who died Wednesday at age 94 after a weeks-long struggle with various health issues, attended his final Jesuit sporting event on April 18, for a 5-0 baseball victory against Rummel at John Ryan Stadium.

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