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Errol E. Rideau, Sr., departed this life on Sunday, October 11, 2020. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather was born on October 9,, 1938 to Frank Bill and Mamie Rideau, one of 11 children, in the Rideau Settlement of Palmetto, Louisiana. He received his education at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Lebeau, Louisiana. He joined the United States Army after high school and was honorably discharged. He attended Grambling State University and graduated from Southern University with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to Wilda Carmouche on February 13, 1965. They were blessed with four children; Errol Jr., Yale, Bridget, and Roderick. He worked for the United States Navy for years and retired from the United States Post Office after a total of 39 years of service to the United States. "For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands." Deuteronomy 2:7. Errol was a country boy from a small town that moved to the big city of New Orleans to begin his new journey with his cherished wife, Wilda. Errol enjoyed spending quality time with his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends. He enjoyed traveling, road trips across country, Saints games, fishing, horse races, taking photos and hosting the annual New Year's Day Family Dinner. Errol had a unique zest for life. He worked hard but he also loved God, family and adventure. He was blessed to travel the world! He traveled all across Europe, visiting Germany; Paris, France; and Rome, Italy. He traveled to China, the Caribbean Islands of Jamaica, Bahamas, and Grand Cayman. He went to Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Canada and even the Holy Land of Jerusalem, Israel; walking in the steps of Jesus, renewing his wedding vows in Cana of Galilee, riding camels and stepping into the river Jordan. While in Rome, Italy, Errol had the exceptional experience of meeting, shaking hands with and receiving a prayer of God's Blessing by Pope Benedict XVI. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Frank B. and Mamie Jones Rideau, brothers: Frank A. Rideau, Paul T. Rideau, Peter Rideau, John Rideau, Reginald Rideau and William Rideau, and sisters: Ann R. Jackson, Veronica R. Thompson and Jean R. Guient. Errol lead a truly joyful, blessed life and departed on October 11, 2020 at the age of 82. He leaves a lifetime of precious and loving memories to his beloved wife of 55 years Wilda Carmouche Rideau, three sons: Errol E. Rideau, Jr. (Michele'), Yale Rideau (TyRaesha), Roderick Rideau, daughter Bridget Rideau, and nine grandchildren, sister Mercedes R. Smith and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Social distanced Services will be held on Saturday October 17, 2020 at St. Martha Catholic Church, 2555 Apollo Ave, Harvey, LA 70058, Visitation 9:30-11:00, Mass 11:00am; Interment: Westlawn Memorial Park, 1225 Whitney Ave, Gretna, LA 70056. There will be social distancing and masks. Arrangements entrusted to D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA. Family and friends are invited to share fond memories and condolences online at www.rhodesfuneral.com