Person:Errol Courrege (1)

m. 20 Jun 1906
  1. Errol Riebold Courrege1907 - 2005
  2. Gilbert Courrege1910 - 1991
  3. Keith Courrege1914 - 1993
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Name[1][2][3] Errol Riebold Courrege
Gender Male
Birth[4] 2 Apr 1907 New Iberia, Louisiana, USA
Residence[1] 16 Apr 1910 New Iberia, Iberia, Louisiana, United States
Residence[2] 7 Jan 1920
Residence[3] 8 Apr 1930
Death[4] 16 Feb 2005 Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, United States


Newspaper: Wilmington Star-News; Publication Date: 20 Feb 2005; Publication Place: Wilmington , NC , US

Mr. Errol Riebold Courrege, age 97, of Wilmington, NC, died Wednesday, February 16, 2005, at his residence.

He was born in New Iberia, LA on April 2, 1907, the son of the late Joseph Courrege and Louisiana Sophie Kramer Courrege. His mother was the first child born in Louisiana to the Kramer family. He was also predeceased by his wife, Amelia Kelty Carstens Courrege and three brothers, Keith Edward Courrege, Gilbert Courrege and William Donovan Courrege.

Errol married Amelia on June 10th, 1935. They had been sweethearts since the sixth grade. Except for a brief stay in Houston, TX, they resided in their home town of New Iberia, LA along the bayou. Amelia was an English high school teacher.

He served in the Coast Guard in World War II and reported sightings of German submarines in the Gulf of Mexico. He was in the oil field supply business for many years. Later, he worked for Texaco in electronics repair on the oil rigs in the gulf. His stories of being caught by hurricanes, long before early warnings, were amazing. He attended the University of Louisiana in Lafayette formerly Southwestern Louisiana Institute, but lacked one class graduating with an engineering degree. "I do not need that class to do what I want to do," he said, to the greatest irritation of his wife.

He was an avid photographer. Most notable was his photography and publication of the "Garden of Seasons," particularly "Old Man Winter" at "The Shadows" plantation formerly owned by William Weeks Hall in New Iberia.

Survivors include his daughters Mary Lou Courrege Ohashi of Wilmington, NC, son, Joseph Errol Courrege of Colorado Springs, CO, his sister, Ruth Courrege Ellzey of New Iberia, LA and three grandchildren, Rebecca Amelia Courrege, Tammy Stroup and Emmyline Haskins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be in New Iberia, LA beside his wife.

Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel.

  1. 1.0 1.1 United States. Bureau of the Census. 13th census, 1910. Louisiana, 1910 federal census : soundex and population schedules. (Washington, District of Columbia: The National Archives, 19--?), Year: 1910; Census Place: New Iberia Ward 1, Iberia, Louisiana; Roll T624_514; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 19; Image: 1155., 16 Apr 1910, Primary quality.

    -- Joseph WM 26 Head Merchant-Plumber Supplies
    -- Louisiana WF 24 Wife
    -- Errol WM 3 Son
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  2. 2.0 2.1 United States. Bureau of the Census. 14th census, 1920. Louisiana, 1920 federal census : soundex and population schedules. (Washington [District of Columbia]: The National Archives, 193-?), Year: 1920;Census Place: New Iberia, Iberia, Louisiana; Roll T625_613; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 20; Image: 895., 7 Jan 1920.

    -- Joe WM 36 Head Bookkeeper-Lumber yard
    -- Louisiana WF 34 Wife
    -- Erald WM 12 son
    -- Gilbert WM 9 son
    -- Don WM 7 son
    -- Keith WM 5 son
    -- Ruth WF 1.5 daughter
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  3. 3.0 3.1 United States. Bureau of the Census. 15th census, 1930. Louisiana, 1930 federal census: soundex and populations schedules ; NARA microfilm publications T626 and M2054. (Washington, District of Columbia: Bureau of the Census Micro-Film Laboratory, 199-?), Year: 1930; Census Place: New Iberia, Iberia, Louisiana; Roll 794; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 12; Image: 937.0., 8 Apr 1930.

    -- Joseph 45 Head, Value of Real estate-$5000, Father from France, mother from Louisiana
    -- Louisiana 44 Wife, Father from Germany, mother from Louisiana
    -- Errol 23 son
    -- Gilbert 19 son
    -- Keith 15 son
    -- Ruth 11 daughter
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  4. 4.0 4.1 Newspaper: Wilmington Star-News; Publication Date: 20 Feb 2005; Publication Place: Wilmington , NC , US.