Lifelong Natchitoches resident Freddie Cardino passed away unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday evening, July 8, 2020.
Fred was a graduate of Natchitoches High School. He served in the U. S. Army from 1958 to 1962, traveling extensively throughout the northeast. He worked in the auto parts business for over fifty years, beginning at McCain Auto Supply in 1968 and working there until the time of his death.
In his spare time, he enjoyed cattle farming and growing produce with his son on his property on Old River and hunting and fishing. He was riding his tractor just a couple of weeks before he died. Fred never met a stranger. Those who knew him delighted in the way he could spin out a clever tale or deliver a joke with perfect timing; he was knowledgeable and well versed on a wide array of topics. The eternal optimist, he was always happy and seemed not to have a worry in the world. He was a fixture at McCain’s, where every inventory item was at his fingertips.
Preceding Fred in death are his parents Ray Joseph Cardino and Thelma Page Cardino, his brother Jerry Wayne Cardino, and his sister Betty Lou White.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of fifty-eight years Edna Mae LaCaze Cardino, his brother Kenneth Gene Cardino of Shreveport, his daughter Monique Cardino Snowden and her husband Michael Fraser Snowden of Marietta, Georgia, his son Freddie Ray Cardino and his wife Elizabeth D. Cardino of Natchitoches, and three grandchildren: Joey Brown, Freddie Ray Cardino, Jr., and Madison Elizabeth Snowden.
Visitation will be at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home, 848 Keyser Ave., on Sunday July 12 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The funeral service will be on Monday, July 13th at 10:00 a.m. at Blanchard-St. Denis. He will be buried next to his parents at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Natchez. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Pallbearers for the ceremony will be Aaron Odom, Jerry Possoit, Corey LaCaze, Travis Speed, Freddie Cardino, and Joey Brown.