There is an undeniable hole in Cajun Nation. For the past 25 years Coach Tony Robichaux has been what many call a beacon of light that shines far beyond Acadiana. A long time friend and colleague of Robichaux’s says he was the epitome of a God fearing man who went above and beyond to serve.
“He did so many things for so many people we will never ever know all the things he did he touched so many people…he was just…a…yeah….special.”
Mike Mitchell fights back tears as he talks about the kind of man Tony Robichaux was. As a long time friend and colleague, Mike knew Tony well and is still processing his passing.
“I couldn’t believe it. I just kept thinking he was going to pull out of it because he’s such a strong man not only with his relation the Lord but also with his will to live,” says Mike.
He says one of the most incredible things about Coach Robichaux was his ability to touch every person he met no matter their status.
Mike says, “You could talk to any particular player it doesn’t matter, first string, bench warmer, they loved Coach Robe because he cared for them and he prepared them for life. He had such a wonderful outlook on life. It was a rare time you would see Coach Robe down, and if he was down he wouldn’t stay down for long.”
Mike believes Tony Robichaux: the husband, father, grandfather, coach, and mentor will never be forgotten.
“Coach Robe. he will always be here, when you say some one will never be forgotten. He will never be forgotten because he’s still here.”
Hundreds are expected to turn out Sunday and Monday for Coach Robichaux’s memorial service and funeral.
A memorial service will be held from 3PM-9PM Sunday at the Cajundome with a rosary at 7PM.
Visitation and viewing will be from 10AM-2PM Monday at Our Lady of Fatima with the funeral to follow at 2PM.