Ervin J. “Picou” Richard was a Christian and loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; he loved the word of God and read his Bible daily. Picou was a true Frenchman; he spoke French and enjoyed Cajun music, he wrote lyrics and songs about his children and his Lord.
Ervin “Picou” Richard was born in Belle River on April 27, 1935, to the late Walter and Angeline Richard. Picou started out working for Buck Landry’s Grocery Store as a teenager; he did everything from sweeping the floors to stocking the shelves. Picou was a boat captain for The 20 Grand Boat Company; then he went on to work for Pelican Creamery delivering milk and dairy goods. Picou then opened Richard’s Bait Shop; this soon turned into Richard’s Seafood and Oyster House and Catering. Picou soon became known as the man with the white boots and the crawfish on his shirt, with a smile on his face and a dance in his step. He cooked and boiled the absolute best seafood in the Tri-parish area. Picou was a very kind and giving man at his restaurant; he hosted countless numbers of benefits to help those in need. Picou was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Patterson American Legion post for his aid to veterans and his dedication to St. Mary Parish. He served on the Berwick-Bayou Vista water board and was a member of the Bayou Vista Volunteer Fire Department.
Picou is survived by his son, Danny Richard and Theresa of Ville Platte; his daughter, Janice Richard Aucoin and her husband Larry of Amelia; his brothers, Horace Richard, Jimmy Richard and his wife Linda, all of Morgan City, and Hamilton Richard and his wife Frankie of Stephensville; and his sister, Laura Payne and her husband Vernon of Starks. Picou is also survived by his grandchildren, Reneé Aucoin Cunningham and her husband Jerry of Fort Riley, Kan., and Zeph Aucoin of Amelia; his great-grandchildren, Jodie, Angel, Caleb, Brianna, and Bryce; his best friend, Jim Pierce; and mother of his children, Odelia Bergeron of Amelia.
Picou was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Angeline Richard; his daughters, Jackie and Julie; his grandson, Justin Aucoin; his brother, Eugene Richard; his sister, Ellen Duval; and his stepfather, Louis Richard.
A time of remembrance and reflection will be observed Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Hargrave Funeral Home, 6-9 p.m. Visitation will resume Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Hargrave Funeral Home until 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the Hargrave Funeral Home chapel beginning at 1 p.m. Picou will be laid to rest in the Church of God of Prophecy Cemetery in Belle River.