[nobe-l] FW: Warren Figueiredo's obituary ...

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Fri May 21 17:40:55 UTC 2010

>It is with deep regret that I forward the following news of the 
>passing of Warren Figueiredo.
>Warren was certainly a huge presence in our community, as well as 
>just a good guy who will be missed.
>Warren's funeral was this morning. Here's the link to his obituary.
>Neal Kuniansky
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Warren D. Figueiredo

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Funeral service will be held Friday, May 21, at a 10 a.m. Mass of 
Christian Burial in St. Francis Regis Catholic Church, Arnaudville, 
for Warren Douglas Figueiredo, 58, who passed away Wednesday, May 19, 
2010, at J. Michael Morrow Nursing Home in Arnaudville. Interment 
will be in St. Francis Regis Cemetery in Arnaudville. The Rev. Keenan 
Brown, pastor of St. Francis Regis Catholic Church, will officiate at 
the services. Warren was a native of Arnaudville and resident of 
Baton Rouge. He spent his life in service to the blind community as 
an educator and a Braille producer. He attended Leonville High School 
and the Louisiana School for the Blind, from which he received his 
high school diploma in 1970. His bachelor's degree in secondary 
education came from Louisiana Tech University in 1973. In 1976, he 
received his literary Braille transcriber's certificate from the 
Library of Congress. He attended the University of Texas at Austin 
where he earned a master's degree in special education with an 
emphasis on visual disabilities in 1980. From 1973 through 2004, he 
was a staff member of the Louisiana School for the Blind and its 
offshoot, the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired. Throughout 
his years at the school at one time or another he taught French, 
Braille and language arts. He also worked in the recreation program, 
served as dean of boys and was a school librarian. He also was a 
resource teacher for students who went from LSVI to local high 
schools. He founded and oversaw the Outreach and Technical Assistance 
Project. During his final years at LSVI, he directed the Louisiana 
Instructional Materials Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 
where he and his hardworking staff made sure that blind students 
across the state had their Braille and large print books. For many 
years he assisted with the LEAP test. Warren served as an ex officio 
trustee of the American Printing House for the Blind and represented 
APH on the Braille Authority of North America. He also served on the 
board of the National Braille Association. He had the privilege of 
serving on the board of Braille Planet. He was a lifelong member of 
the National Federation of the Blind, where he served for many years 
as the treasurer of the National Association to Promote the Use of 
Braille. He had a lifelong respect for so many of the members of the 
blind community as they struggled to achieve independence, gain 
respect and achieve equality. He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic 
Church in Baton Rouge. Survivors include his father, Luiz Figueiredo, 
of Sao Paola, Brazil; his mother, Louise Guilbeau Rabalais, of 
Arnaudville; two brothers, Luiz Figueiredo Jr. and his wife, Maria, 
of Arnaudville, and Carlos Figueiredo, of Indonesia; a stepbrother, 
Murray Rabalais Jr. and his wife, Joan, of Thibodaux; a half-sister, 
Ann Marie Richard, of Lafayette; a stepsister, Karen Rabalais Olivier 
and her husband, Pat, of Arnaudville; and several nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Murray Rabalais. A rosary 
will be prayed at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. The family 
requests that visiting hours be observed Friday from 8 a.m. until 
service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in the name 
of Warren Figueiredo may be made to American Printing House for the 
Blind, 1839 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206-0085. Pallbearers 
will be Murray Rabalais Jr., Patrick Olivier, Pat Olivier, Mario 
Figueiredo, Tibby Figueiredo and Francis Guilbeau. View the obituary 
and guestbook online at 
Melancon Funeral Home of Arnaudville, 224 Main St., (337) 754-5725, 
is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Advocate on May 21, 2010

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