Parish remembers Sammy NunezJan 23rd, 2012 | By William Dilella | Category: News, Top Story
Longtime state official leaves legacy of public service
This week, St. Bernard Parish mourned the passing of long serving legislator and native son Samuel “Sammy” Nunez Jr.
Nunez passed on January 15, 2012, at the age of 81 from complications resulting from pneumonia.
As a former member of the Louisiana House and Senate—including service as the President of Louisiana State Senate in 1982—the St. Bernard native had voted on and introduced many pieces of key legislation for the state. Among his accomplishments were sitting on the 1973 Constitutional Convention and was a major player in the construction of the current Crescent City Connection.
The late senator also assisted with the creation of local Nunez Community college, named in honor of his late wife, Elaine Nunez.
“He was always trying to take care of his parish and the state of Louisiana,” said The St. Bernard Voice Editor Emeritus, E.M. Roy.
Pallbearers included newly named Louisiana State Senate President John Alario, as well as State Senator Hank Lauricella, former State Rep. Ken Odinet, St. Bernard Parish District Attorney Jack Rowley, former Jefferson Parish District Attorney John Mamoulides, retired Major of LA State Police Ken Curlee, George Kleinpeter and nephew Hillary Nunez.